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Silver Minings: Las Vegas can’t let Broncos get hot in red zone

Denver’s offense, too, has struggled near opponent’s goal line.

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While so much has been made of the Las Vegas Raiders’ continued issues in the red zone on offense during their 0-3 start, they have also struggled inside the opponent’s 20-yard line on defense.

Meanwhile, their Week 4 opponent, the Denver Broncos, have also struggled in the red zone on offense. Per the Associated Press, here are the Raiders’ defensive statistics in the red zone compared to Denver’s offensive numbers thus far.

So, it would appear, either the Raiders’ fortunes on defense or the Broncos’ rate of success on offense will change in the red zone Sunday at Allegiant Stadium.

While this will be a major factor in the outcome of the game against the 2-1 Broncos, the Raiders’ offense is, of course, not in the clear. The Las Vegas offense has to have success in the red zone against a strong Denver offense as well as the Raiders having success on defense there.

In other Raiders’ news:

  • Confident Broncos: Bradley Chubb thinks Denver has the best defense in the NFL going into Sunday’s game at Las Vegas.
  • Waller featured: HBO’s “Real Sports” featured Raiders’ star tight end Darren Waller’s recovery from addiction and how he helps others in their battle. Powerful stuff.
  • Not great: Per USA Today, Derek Carr has thrown six passes to Davante Adams that have traveled, at least, 20 yards this season. Five were incomplete and one was intercepted. Yikes.
  • Inside look: The Pro Football Network looked at the Raiders’ 0-3 start. There was a players’ only meeting this week and sources said the Raiders’ issues are “complicated.” The article wonders if this will be a long, hard fix. Oh boy.