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Silver Minings: Too many close games

Raiders haven’t had many easy games in past 2 seasons

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One of the things that stood out about the Las Vegas Raiders in the past two seasons is how many close games they played.

It worked out better than 2021 than it did in 2022. The Raiders went 10-7 in 2021, winning so many close games. They weren’t as fortunate last season and they went 6-11.

The Raiders had three victories of more than one score and had just two such victories in 2022. According to a recent tweet by NFL analyst Warren Sharp, the Raiders five victories by more than one score was one of the lowest totals in the past two seasons combined.

It’s tied for the fourth lowest total in the NFL. The Atlanta Falcons and the New York Giants are tied at the bottom of the list two just two such wins. Here is Sharp’s complete list:

Yes, a one-point win counts just as much as a blowout victory does, but Raiders fans deserve less stressful Sundays.

Other Raiders’ news:

  • Is he ready? The Athletic looks at whether second-year defensive tackle Neil Farrell is ready to be an impact player.
  • Need a safety? Pro Football Network thinks next year may be a nice time to draft a safety.
  • Hockey fan: Raiders’ star Davante Adams is all in the Las Vegas Golden Knights’ push toward the Stanley Cup title.