Raiders Defense Quietly Having Another Underwhelming Season
The Raiders have been one of the most disappointing teams in the NFL through the first half of the season.
A year ago, Derek Carr and the Oakland offense averaged 26.0 points per game. This season, the average has fallen to 21.8 points per game.
Without a doubt, Todd Downing’s offense has been the biggest disappointment of the Raiders season.
The defense has been its own kind of awful.
Through nine games, the Raiders have exactly 0 interceptions and only 13 sacks. Ken Norton Jr.’s unit was worst in the NFL in sacks last year (25) and is on pace to only put up 23 this season.
Imagine having Khalil Mack at your disposal and managing to perpetually finish at the bottom of the league in sacks?
What’s worse is that the Raider defense essentially turns every quarterback into an MVP-caliber quarterback.
Quarterbacks have won the league’s MVP award in each of the past four years. They have combined for a 111.3 quarterback rating.
Opposing quarterbacks against the Raiders this season have a combined rating of 110.5.
If it weren’t for an underachieving offense, Norton Jr. would be under a lot more heat that he already is. Last year, the offense made up for many of the Raiders defensive deficiencies. This year, the offense is stealing the headlines again, but this time with lackluster production of their own.
It’s been a fairly gently schedule for the Raiders through nine games, but with the Patriots, Eagles, Cowboys, and Chiefs looming in the second half, the real MVP-caliber quarterbacks are right around the corner.
If the Raiders want to make the playoffs, they probably need to be the best team in the league over the second half of the season.
Feeling good about those odds?