Criticized Coaches Face-Off
The Denver Broncos (2-1) visit Sin City to take on their AFC West rival, the Las Vegas Raiders (0-3). First-year head coaches Nathaniel Hackett (Broncos) and Josh McDaniels (Raiders) have heard plenty of criticisms following a rough start. Denver’s offense has stumbled, while Las Vegas has choked in late-game situations. A victory over a divisional foe would certainly ease some worries.
After an exciting offseason, Denver’s offense was expected to be one of the NFL’s best. The Denver Broncos added quarterback Russell Wilson alongside talented wide receiver (Courtland Sutton and Jerry Jeudy) and running back (Javonte Williams and Melvin Gordon) duos. Plus, Hackett excelled as an offensive coordinator with the Green Bay Packers. However, through three games, the offense has been dysfunctional.
The Broncos rank 31st in points scored per game (14.3). They scored 16 points against the Seattle Seahawks and Houston Texans, which are two bad defenses. Wilson is off to a slow start, and play-calling has been an issue. Also, plays are coming in far too late, which is inexcusable. The offense has a lot to figure out, but its 80-yard game-winning drive against the San Francisco 49ers was encouraging.
Fortunately, the defense has played great. It ranks second in points allowed per game (12) and third in yards allowed per game (251.3). Edge rushers Bradley Chubb and Randy Gregory have combined for five sacks. Linebacker Josey Jewell made a huge impact (nine tackles and two tackles for loss) in his return from injury against the 49ers. Plus, cornerback Pat Surtain II continues to clamp opposing receivers. Denver will be scary if the offense can get it together.
Las Vegas Raiders
Slow starts and the inability to close games are hurting the Las Vegas Raiders. Against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 1, Vegas found itself trailing 17-3 at halftime. The Raiders cut it to 24-19, but the defense could not hold when it mattered most. In Week 3, Las Vegas was down 24-10 at the half against the Tennessee Titans. The Raiders dominated the second half but could not convert on a two-point conversation with 1:14 remaining. Their Week 2 loss (29-23) against the Arizona Cardinals was the most embarrassing; Las Vegas led 20-0 and crumbled as Arizona won in overtime.
Clearly, consistency has been a major issue. The Raiders have gone on impressive runs in every game but have also disappeared for stretches. Plus, Las Vegas has not been able to make the big play in the fourth quarter. The Raiders desperately need steady and reliable play from their best players.
Quarterback Derek Carr has been a wild ride. He had great stretches against the Cardinals but threw three interceptions versus Los Angeles. The offense also needs to make a regular effort to get wideout Davante Adams the ball. On defense, the pass rush has yet to produce. Las Vegas is last in the league with only two sacks, both of which came from defensive end Maxx Crosby. His counterparts must step up.
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Broncos vs Raiders Head-to-Head
Las Vegas has won four consecutive matchups against Denver. The Broncos have not won on the road against the Raiders since 2015.
Broncos vs Raiders Game Information
- Date: Sunday, Oct. 2nd.
- Time: 4:25 p.m. ET
- Location: Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada
- How to watch Broncos vs. Raiders? ESPN
Broncos vs. Raiders Live Stream: NFL Game Pass
Broncos vs Raiders Betting Lines
Broncos vs Raiders Prediction
This could be the week when Wilson turns it around. The Raiders’ secondary has struggled, ranking 27th in opponent completion percentage (69.1%) and 25th in yards allowed per pass (7.3). Plus, Vegas’ underachieving pass rush magnifies the issue. Look for Denver to hit explosive plays through the air. Furthermore, the Broncos forced three turnovers against the 49ers. This fares well against the turnover-prone Carr.
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