The Dow Jones isn’t the only thing setting new record highs. Maxx Crosby’s performance has also reached a new high. On Sunday, Crosby recorded 4 sacks and now has 6.5 on the season.
Crosby has entered the conversation for defensive rookie of the year with fellow edge rushers Nick Bosa (7 sacks) and Josh Allen (8 sacks). To add to his accolades, Pro Football Focus selected him to their Week 11 Team of the Week with a grade of 90.2.
You would think without Karl Joseph and Lamarcus Joyner there would be a let down. Not the case. D.J. Swearinger stepped in for Joseph after only a couple practices with the team and led the defense in tackles.
Cornerbacks Trayvon Mullen and Daryl Worley each had strong games with two pass breakups apiece and, of course, Mullen had the big play, intercepting Ryan Finley to end the Bengals hopes of a comeback. Mullen missed an opportunity earlier in the game for another interception that could have resulted in a touchdown had he not dropped the ball.
Nevin Lawson went from three snaps in Week 10 to 57 in Week 11 and did so flawlessly. The secondary limited Finley to 13 of 31 passing for 115 yards.
Defense Forcing Turnovers
The Raiders defense has now created two or more turnovers a game since Week 9, giving them a total of seven in that span. In the previous seven weeks, the defense only generated five turnovers.
The turnover differential will be a key stat going forward if the Raiders want to remain in the running for the playoffs. A major component to the Raiders success in the 2016 season was in the turnover differential category, when they were tied for the league-high of plus-16.