The Las Vegas Raiders lost to the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 1 in a nail-biter. The Chargers got out to a sizable lead early, but the Raiders fought back. Unfortunately, some untimely turnovers costed the Raiders the game. That being said, underlying statistics show that the Raiders played well. There was plenty to build off for Las Vegas.
Across the board, the Raiders were in the top half of the league in stats on both sides of the ball.
Raiders finished last week with a 57% pass rush win rate (4th in NFL) and 35% run stop win rate (9th). Also posted a 62% pass block win rate (11th) and 73% run block win rate (14th)
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The most important stat of these is the pass block win rate. The offensive line was the biggest question mark entering the regular season. That question remains to a degree, but they performed better than expected.
Against the pass rush, they held up fairly well. They were a bit more in the middle-of-the-pack when running the football.
Surprisingly, the lowest graded offensive lineman for LAs Vegas was offensive tackle Kolton Miller. That won’t happen often.
Additionally, the defensive line was very impressive for the Raiders. Maxx Crosby was top five in pass rush win rate among defensive linemen in Week 1. The interior held up very well against the Chargers’ running game, too.
The Raiders need their DL to continue to be dominant in order to have success against the dynamic offenses in the AFC.