LA Chargers: Getting to know the Las Vegas Raiders
By Devon Auriemma
Through eight weeks, the Raiders offense has been good. They rank in the top half of the league in yards and points per game. Derek Carr has played very well to start the season as he has averaged 276 passing yards per game. He has thrown for 14 touchdowns while only throwing two interceptions. Carr also has the fourth highest passer rating in the NFL with a rating of 110.2
While his yards per carry is only 3.6, Josh Jacobs has added five rushing touchdowns on the year and has also been involved in the passing game as he has brought in 18 receptions. The Raiders receiving core has a lot of speed which could be an issue for the struggling Chargers secondary.
Darren Waller leads the team with 45 catches for 373 yards and three touchdowns. Nelson Agholor and Henry Ruggs are deep threats with great speed. Agholor has 292 yards on 15 receptions with four touchdowns, while Ruggs has 220 yards on 10 catches for one touchdown.
Defensively, Maxx Crosby has continued his play from a solid rookie season as he has racked up four sacks and 5.5 tackles for loss this season. The Raiders and Chargers defenses have allowed very similar stats.
They both rank in the middle of the league in yards allowed and points per game. However, the Raiders pass rush has not been very successful besides Crosby. They have the second least amount of sacks through seven games, trailing only the Jaguars.
The Raiders are tied for last in the league with the Packers and Texans for the least amount of takeaways through eight weeks. While Carr has been careful with the ball through the air, he has fumbled seven times while losing four of them. Their turnover differential sits at -4, which is inside the bottom ten of the league.