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Broncos at Raiders: Keys to victory

What Las Vegas has to do to win in Week 10

Las Vegas Raiders v Los Angeles Chargers
Get that ass-rush on
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Let’s look at the keys to victory for the Las Vegas Raiders in their home game against the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

Blitz well

This tweet says a lot:

Something has to give, right? It might as well benefit the Raiders. They need to blitz often and challenge Broncos quarterback Drew Lock.

Safety Johnathan Abram has been blizting more lately and that has to continue Sunday. The Raiders must rattle Lock.

Las Vegas Raiders v Cleveland Browns
Henry Ruggs
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Get Ruggs going

This has been a key in other weeks, but it is true this week as well. The Raiders must get rookie wide receiver Henry Ruggs III involved more and I have a strong feeling he is about to have a big game. Jon Gruden would like nothing more than for Ruggs to outplay former Alabama teammate Jerry Jeudy, who wound up going to the Broncos three picks after Ruggs in this year’s NFL Draft. Expect the Raiders to give Ruggs a lot of chances Sunday, and I believe he will deliver,

Las Vegas Raiders v Los Angeles Chargers
Darren Waller
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Get Waller downfield

Raiders tight end Darren Waller is averaging just 7.9 yards a catch this season, down from 12.7 yards per catch last season. His longest catch this season is 23 yards. This may be the week the Raiders stretch the field with Waller. The Broncos linebackers struggle in coverage, so there will be opportunities for big plays from Waller,

Cover the tight end

Raiders linebacker Cory Littleton is on the NFL’s reserve/COVID-19 list and is not expected to play Sunday. While the free-agent addition has been a major disappointment and he has not been good in coverage, he is probably the Raiders’ best linebacker in that respect. Denver tight end Noah Fant has ability, so someone, likely Nicholas Morrow, needs to step up for the Raiders with Littleton out.

Play a clean game

The Raiders are the much better team on paper (and on the field so far this season). If they don’t commit too many penalties or turn the ball over often they should win this game. They just need to stay the course, put the Broncos away and improve to 6-3 with a huge game against the Kansas City Chiefs looming next week.