The Las Vegas Raiders needed help on their offensive line to begin the season. That was evident in today’s Week 1 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. Quarterback Derek Carr was under pressure consistently, and it forced multiple turnovers. Carr threw three interceptions in the game.
Carr was constantly pressured, especially on third down. He was sacked five times by the Chargers’ defense. The Raiders QB fumbled twice but didn’t lose either one.
The pressure came from multiple spots along the offensive line. It didn’t help that the Raiders got down to an early deficit. That forced Las Vegas to abandon the running game fairly early on. They only ran the ball fourteen times in the entire game.
Kolton Miller is clearly the best player on the OL for the Raiders. Khalil Mack won a lot of reps against him. So, across the board, the unit has to improve.
The OL was an issue and it still is now that #Raiders are 0-1.
Mack did go through Kolton Miller, the Raiders’ best lineman, on the Chargers’ last two sacks that iced it.
The Raiders defense wasn’t great but gave them plenty of chances. That’s the positive spin
— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) September 11, 2022
The offensive line was a common talking point prior to the season opener. That was for good reason – clearly. In a division with plenty of pass rush, the Raiders have to be better along the offensive line.
Too many of these games in the AFC West will be shootouts for Carr to be running for his life on a consistent basis.
Carr has to be better at the QB position, but he needs more help from his offensive line for the Raiders to contend this season.