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Silver Minings: Third-down issues aren’t going away

It’s big problem for the Raiders’ offense

NFL: Las Vegas Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs
Derek Carr
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The Las Vegas Raiders’ offense has so many problems.

They’re not running the ball. Their offensive line is not protecting quarterback Derek Carr enough. The receivers, other than Hunter Renfrow, aren’t producing enough. They are turning the ball over too much.

Those are all big problems. But Las Vegas’ struggles on third down is also a massive issue.

The Raiders converted on third down just four of 11 times in a 48-9 loss at the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. This is a persisting problem that simply is not going away.

Until the Raiders learn to extend drives regularly, their offensive woes will likely remain.

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