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Raiders improvement in 2013: Proof is in the pudding

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODA

I wish I had this information for past three weeks while trying to give logic and reason for keeping Dennis Allen as head coach of the Raiders.

Though their record did not improve, media pundits all around the nation have seen the vast improvement in the Raiders, not only as an organization, but as a football team building something good for the future.

When one considers this team was playing with mostly second string material across the ranks, these stats are actually rather amazing. Thus, Mark Davis, even for all his wobbling, could not deny we are moving in the right direction.

The Raiders have a young coach who is learning on the run and coaching guys up to play better. Imagine what could happen if they actually fill out the team with some play makers and talented depth?

This chart shows the areas in which the Raiders improved in 2013 from 2012 as taken from Raiders.com:

OFFENSE 2012 NFL Rank 2013 NFL Rank
Rush Offense per Game 88.8 28 125.0 12
Yards per Rush 3.8 27 4.6 6
10-plus Yard Runs 29 31 41 21
20-plus Yard Runs 8 T-21 18 3
50-plus Yard Runs 1 T-10 3 T-4
20-plus Yard Plays 60 17 66 T-9
Runs for Negative Yards 48 23 29 5
% of Runs for Negative Yards 12.8% 27 7.1% 3
% of Runs for 4-plus Yards 39.1% 29 42.1% 17
Red Zone TD Percentage 42.9% 30 59.5% 5
Red Zone Third Down % 28.1% 28 39.1% 16
Fourth Down % 25.0% T-31 58.3% 10
Drives of 5:00+ 15 T-29 20 T-13
First Down Yards per Play 5.1 23 5.6 10
Points on Opening Possession 3 32 41 4
First Quarter Points 35 31 89 T-6
DEFENSE 2012 NFL Rank 2013 NFL Rank
Rush Defense per Game 118.6 18 107.9 13
Opponent Yards/Rush 4.3 20 3.9 11
Opponent 10-plus Yard Runs 47 T-14 39 T-8
Opponent 20-plus Yard Runs 13 T-22 5 T-1
Opponent 20-plus Yard Plays 69 T-25 60 14
Sacks 25 31 38 T-18
Different Players with a Sack 11 T-15 15 T-2
Opponent Fourth Down % 57.1% T-24 33.3% T-6
Red Zone Takeaways 0 T-31 3 T-11
Points Allowed Outside RZ 154 31 101 16
Two-Minute Defense (Points) 23 T-23 10 T-7
Non-Offensive TDs 0 T-31 4 T-11
SPECIAL TEAMS 2012 NFL Rank 2013 NFL Rank
Punt Return Average 5.1 32 8.2 21
Opponent KOR Average 28.9 32 20.4 4
Opponent Gross Punt Avg. 46.0 24 41.7 1
Opponent Net Punt Avg. 42.9 32 37.0 3
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