The Las Vegas Raiders are 5-2 heading into their bye week and the improved defense is a big reason why.
Gus Bradley’s unit has made a strong turnaround in his first season as defensive coordinator. The pass rush is better and the play in the second is stronger and the linebackers are making more stops.
The end result is exactly what teams strive for — the Raiders are allowing less points. Check this out:
The most points Las Vegas has allowed in a game this season is 28 against the Miami Dolphins in a 31-28 Raiders’ overtime win, and in a 28-14 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. Las Vegas is allowing an average of 23.7 points a game, which is not great.
But they aren’t allowing huge point explosions like in the past. Las Vegas gave up 30 points or more 10 times last season, so this is a big improvement.
Oh, and this below tweet may be a reason why:
Most coverage snaps without allowing a TD:— PFF (@PFF) October 25, 2021
☠️ Casey Hayward - 258
☠️ Nate Hobbs - 246
The Raiders have a ⬇️ duo pic.twitter.com/gQXKsSTCoq
In other Raiders’ links:
- Final look at Week 7: The Athletic breaks down the Raiders’ 33-22 win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.
- Gannon thoughts: Former Raiders’ MVP quarterback Rich Gannon had some interesting thoughts on Derek Carr’s play after Jon Gruden’s departure.
- Perryman mic’d up: You have to listen to Raiders’ linebacker Denzel Perryman mic’d up during the Eagles’ game.