Second half adjustments
Yes, I’m well aware that this was also listed last week, but after another second half where the Raiders were outscored 17-0 it’s time to get out and SELL SELL SELL!
It’s becoming pathetic at this point. The Raiders have now been outscored 78-9 in the second half since Week 12. They’ve scored one (1) second half touchdown across the last four weeks. Coach Gruden spoke openly about his displeasure with his defense last week; It’s time for him to look in the mirror.
The offensive line has been the defining strength of the team for the better part of the season, but against the Jaguars they struggled. Trent Brown continues to battle injuries and was inactive again. Brandon Parker replaced him for the second week and was exposed by Jaguars edge rushers Josh Allen and Yannick Ngakoue.
Kolton Miller also struggled in pass protection.
Red zone offense
After an opening drive that resulted in a 40-yard touchdown connection between Derek Carr to Tyrell Williams, the offense made three more trips to the red zone in the first half and settled for field goals all three times.
The first and second trips were stalled at the Jacksonville 15-yard line, and the final drive before half the Raiders were stopped at the opposing 9.
Even if they were able to convert on one of their three trips, that would make a four point difference. On the season, the Raiders rank 21st in the league in red zone scoring percentage (touchdowns only) with a conversion rate of 54.3 percent. For reference, the No. 1 ranked team, the Tennessee Titans, tout a 73.1 percent mark.