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Silver Minings: Aidan O’Connell is happy football is not ‘an individual sport’

O’Connell is happy the defense carried the team on Christmas

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The Las Vegas Raiders pulled off the upset, playing a physical style of football. They defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 20-14 behind a gutsy defensive performance reminiscent of older Raiders teams.

With the defense scoring two touchdowns on the day, offensively, they scored only six points on the day off of two field goals. Aidan O’Connell only completed passes on one drive, and the Raiders were stuck in the mud for most of the game. If Zamir White hadn’t had a big game, it could have been a loss for the Raiders.

O’Connell is ready to bounce back and is happy that football is a team game. He was appreciative of his teammates on Wednesday as they helped him get a win after a bad outing.

I’m really happy I don’t play an individual sport. I wouldn’t do very well. And so, to have guys to rely on I think is a beautiful part of the sport we play. Obviously, we want to win every game by a lot of points, but there’s been times this year where all three phases have had to step up

O’Connell has been up and down, with three performances over 79 QBR and the rest under 40. He has to become more consistent on third down as the Raiders struggle there and depend on the offense to convert. Hopefully, vs the Colts, we see a different Aidan O’Connell than the one who showed up on Christmas.

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  • Raiders vs Colts playoff implications: The Associated Press previews the Raiders vs Colts, a battle to stay alive in the playoff race.