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Silver Minings: There’s a record amount of close games this NFL season

Raiders are in the center of the nail biters

Baltimore Ravens v Las Vegas Raiders
Zay Jones in Week 1 winner
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The NFL has been wild so far this season.

How wild? Well, check this out:

Through five weeks, there were 19 games that weren’t decided until the final minute of regulation or until overtime. That is the most ever in league history during the first five weeks of the season. This tweet was sent before Monday night’s overtime game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Indianapolis Colts.

That’s 23.75 percent of the season. That’s some serious drama.

Of course, the Las Vegas Raiders have played in their share of the 2021 barnburners. Las Vegas have played in two of the historic 18 games.

The Raiders won in overtime against the Baltimore Ravens and in Week 1 and against the Miami Dolphins in Week 3. I have a feeling Las Vegas’ nail-biting games aren’t close to being over, either. So, the expect the Raiders to play a leading role as the NFL’s season of sweating out games moves forward.

Other Raiders links:

  • Carr coaching changes: Only one quarterback has had more head coaches than Derek Carr.
  • Davis’ responsibility: The Athletic has a look at the responsibility of Raiders’ owner Mark Davis in the aftermath of the Jon Gruden ouster.
  • What’s next for team: The Athletic looks at a team in ‘“shambles.”
  • Next coach? The Las Vegas Review-Journal has a look at potential head coaches for Las Vegas in 2022.