Head coach Josh McDaniels hasn’t had much to praise this season.

In fact, for most of the year, he’s been fighting for his job. But on Sunday, against the Denver Broncos, his defense stepped up and caused disruptions in the backfield. And in a year filled with disappointment, the Las Vegas Raiders’ willingness to sack the quarterback and force pressure in the backfield has been the one bright spot.

“That’s time on task,” McDaniels said. “That’s comfort level with one another. We talked about Jerry [Tillery] last week, and I hope that’s going to get more comfortable this week and then going forward as well. So, just guys being able to go in there and help somebody else get to the middle of the pocket and get to the passer.”

“It’s not all just four guys working on their own and so, there’s a lot of detail, a lot of time and effort put into it,” he added. “Somebody’s got to go take one for the team sometimes so somebody else can come free. That’s just the nature of pass rush and so I thought our guys made some strides there last week.”

As the Raiders prepare to play the Seattle Seahawks and Geno Smith, getting to the quarterback needs to be a priority. If Smith is under pressure, constantly, and the backfield pressure keeps Seattle’s run game in check, Las Vegas may tie together its first two-game win streak of the season.

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