The big number, of course, is 3-0.
That’s the Las Vegas Raiders’ record and it’s the bottom line. Yet, the Raiders are 3-0 in style. They are putting up huge individual numbers on both sides of the ball. Truly, these numbers are remarkable and historic in some ways.
Let’s take a look at three players or position groups that are putting up dazzling stats for the Raiders.
The Raiders’ quarterback is an early NFL MVP favorite. He leads the league with 1,203 passing yards. He’s on pace for just over 6,800 passing yards in a 17-game season. The NFL record for single-season passing yards is 5,477 yards set by Peyton Manning in 2013. That was in a 16-game season. If this was a 16-game season, Carr would be on pace for just over 6,400 passing yards. It’s early, but Carr has built himself a big cushion and he just might break the all-time record.
Derek Carr & Bryan Edwards (34 yards)— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) September 27, 2021
Completion Probability: 23.6%*
Air Distance: 38.0 yds
Target Separation: 0.6 yds
Carr under pressure
*Carr's 2nd-most improbable completion of the season#MIAvsLV | #RaiderNation
While Carr is an MVP candidate, Crosby is in the early mix for NFL Defensive Player of the Year. The third-year player is simply wrecking shop as a pass rusher.
Check out these numbers:
Maxx Crosby continues to be a NIGHTMARE for opposing QBs:— NFL on CBS (@NFLonCBS) September 27, 2021
Most pressures this season:
Maxx Crosby 21
Harold Landry 19
3 players tied 16
Most QB hits this season:
Maxx Crosby 12
Chandler Jones 11
Myles Garrett 9@CrosbyMaxx pic.twitter.com/LXVZPrZmu6
Crosby is healthy and fresh and he is simply having a monster start of the season.
Weekly Maxx Crosby pressure update via PFF:— Matt Holder (@MHolder95) September 27, 2021
- 25, most among EDGEs
- 5 more than 2nd place, 9 more than 3rd #RaiderNation
The pass catchers:
This might be the most wild stat of them all:
Even better ... the #Raiders are the 1st team in NFL history to have 4 players reach 200 yards receiving in the 1st 3 games of a season https://t.co/qq4WaE9b03— Josh Dubow (@JoshDubowAP) September 27, 2021
Holy crap, that’s crazy. Ruggs has 237 receiving yards, while Waller has 224, Edwards has 210 and Renfrow has 204. All four of them are on pace to post more than 1,000-yard receiving yardage seasons.
These types of numbers of suggest Carr and his receiving crew are for real. Try containing that. Someone is always open and these guys are delivering in the clutch.
Bryan Edwards leads the NFL with 163 receiving yards (on seven catches) in the fourth quarter and OT of games this season.— Jimmy Durkin (@Jimmy_Durkin) September 27, 2021
Second in the NFL?
Henry Ruggs III with 130 yards (on five catches). #Raiders
These are wild times.
Isn’t this fun?