With the Las Vegas Raiders’ starting the 2022 season a day away, there is a nasty little streak they need to focus on breaking this season.
They need to score a touchdown on either defense or special teams. They have gone 40 games without a score on either defense by the special teams dating back to the 2019 season when former safety Erik Harris had an interception return for a touchdown. According to a recent tweet by the Associated Press, the Raiders’ current streak is the second longest in NFL history.
Longest streaks in Super Bowl era w/out a defensive or special teams TD in regular season:— Josh Dubow (@JoshDubowAP) August 22, 2022
Browns 49 games, 1979-82#Raiders 40 games, 2019-present
Raiders 39 games, 1975-77
Colts 38 games, 2017-19
Jets 38 games, 2013-16
Browns 38 games, 1995-2000
Browns 38 games, 2017-19
So, that will be a pesky little piece of history for the franchise if they can’t score a touchdown on defense or special teams in the first nine games of the season.
Prediction: Under new defensive coordinator Patrick Graham, the Raiders will score on defense at some point in 2022. Bonus prediction: It will come on a Maxx Crosby fumble return after a sack.