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Silver Minings: An annoying defensive stat

Stop someone please

Arizona Cardinals v Las Vegas Raiders
Patrick Graham, Josh McDaniels
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It seems like poor defense is a yearly tradition for the Las Vegas Raiders no mater who is the defensive coordinator.

Year after year.

Whether it’s Ken Norton, Paul Guenther, Gus Bradley and, now, Patrick Graham, the Raiders are lacking on defense.

They just can’t make enough consistent players. We all know they are last in the NFL in sacks and in creating turnovers, but, as pointed out by the Associated Press, the Raiders are awful near the goal line.

They have allowed touchdowns on 30 straight drives when the opponent get a first down at the 10-yard line or closer.

That’s insane. Force a short field goal once in a while, guys.

In other Raiders’ news:

  • Great Christmas gift ideas: Our friends at Homage are making their STARTER NFL pullover jackets available at 3p.m. PT Thursday. You can purchase them here. Act fast. They won’t last.
  • Harsh talk: The Las Vegas Review-Journal looks at the tough words media national has the Raiders after their awful 2-7 start to the season.
  • More ugliness: Here are some even more bad Raiders’ defensive numbers, via The Athletic.
  • Draft talk: The Las Vegas Review-Journal looks at prospects the Raiders could target at the top of the draft.