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Silver Minings: Raiders set record for explosive plays in win over Broncos

They had seven pass plays of 25-plus yards in Sunday’s win in Denver

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It wasn’t a bad play-calling debut for Las Vegas Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson in the Raiders’ 34-24 win at the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

According to the Associated Press, the Raiders became the first NFL team to have seven pass plays of 25 yards or more in a game.

Olson, of course, took over as the play caller after head coach Jon Gruden resigned from the team on Oct. 11. After a hot start to the season (the Raiders averaged 30 points a game when they started 3-0), the Las Vegas offense got into a funk during a two-game losing streak in Gruden’s final two games at the helm. They scored a total of 23 points in the two games.

Yet, Olson got the unit on track in a big way on Sunday and it set NFL history.

In other Raiders’ links:

  • Play-action increase: The Raiders more than doubled their play-action calls with Olson calling the plays.
  • Pod time: The Athletic had a podcast, wrapping up the win over Denver.
  • Complete win: The Las Vegas Review-Journal breaks down the big win over Denver,
  • Kwiatkoski’s playing time cut big time: Linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski, a big money free-agent addition in 2020, has played just 54 defensive snaps this season.