One of the areas in which the Las Vegas Raiders defense has shown great improvement this season under new coordinator Gus Bradley is tackling.
According to the Associated Press, the Raiders have the 12 best missed tackle rate in the NFL. Last year under former defensive coordinator, Las Vegas had the worst tackle rate in the league.
#Raider have missed 9% of tackles per @sportradar, 12th best mark in NFL. Last season, they missed 13.5%, worst in NFL https://t.co/LngpvT7MAP— Josh Dubow (@JoshDubowAP) November 28, 2021
Other than a Week 10 home loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, the Raiders tackling has been noticeably better in 2021. One of the reasons is the play of linebacker Denzel Perryman. He has 121 tackles, the most in the NFL.
The Raiders aren’t improved in all defensive areas, but this is a good start.
Here are #Raiders defensive ranks in various categories thru 12 weeks in 2020 vs 2021:— Josh Dubow (@JoshDubowAP) November 29, 2021
Yds/play: 21st in 2020, 29th in 2021
Takeaways: T22st in 2020, T21nd in 2021
Sacks: 31st in 2020, T15th in 2021
Pts/drive: 26th in 2020, 17th in 2021
Points allowed: 28th in 2020, 30th in 2021 https://t.co/LTDMkkhKr0
In other Raiders’ links:
- Special group: The Athletic has a profile of the bond between Raiders’ kicker Daniel Carlson, punter A.J. Cole and long snapper Trent Sieg.
- Bad decision didn’t hurt: A late field-goal attempt by the Raiders was ruled as the worst coaching decision of the weekend. Of course, the Raiders still beat Dallas, so it wasn’t costly.
- What a crazy season: The Las Vegas Review-Journal thinks the Raiders win at Dallas defines a nutty 2021 season.