Las Vegas Raiders
Adversity breeds winning? I expected the Raiders to win this game, but maybe not completely blow out the Broncos. If you recall, the Raiders entered the game following the resignation in shame of Jon Gruden after numerous racist, homophobic, misogynistic, etc. emails were released. The Raiders scrambled and named Rich Bisaccia their interim head coach.
Luckily, the players stepped up and put on an impressive performance against a fairly poor Broncos team. In particular, Maxx Crosby continues to impress and make a case for being one of the better defensive players in the league this year.
In addition to Crosby, Henry Ruggs III is looking fast and dynamic. People wondered, when he was drafted, if he would be the Raiders’ version of Tyreek Hill. I don’t think that is the case, but he certainly creates a matchup problem for many teams. Just look at this touchdown:
The Raiders have talent, but usually fall apart towards the end of October. I anticipate something similar happening as the Raiders have a tougher back end of their schedule.
The Raiders left Sunday’s game relatively healthy although linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski (foot) did not return against the Broncos. This probably isn’t a terribly critical injury given the Raiders’ next opponent. The Raiders host the Eagles on Sunday. We recently had the pleasure of watching the Chiefs take on the Eagles. Even playing poorly, the Chiefs managed to soundly win. The Raiders will likely win as well as the Eagles are a bit of a mess.