The Las Vegas Raiders got their first win of the season. Ah, finally. It feels good to not have to worry about a team going winless, as there is a ton of stress that comes with that. However, maybe not as much that comes with a team being undefeated instead of winless.

Speaking of stress, the Denver Broncos are probably doing that right now. Wouldn’t you if your offense wasn’t good enough to hang with a team that has yet to win a game?

We finally got to see all of the weapons, besides Renfrow who didn’t play, have a great game altogether. Adams, Carr, Waller, and Jacobs were able to ice the game, and all had big plays in which they contributed to the win.

Their offense blew it, and the Raiders, well, they didn’t. I think that is the story of the game. One offense was on, and one wasn’t. However, there is a bit more to it than that.

Raiders win the battle early

The Raiders won the first down battle, and it really wasn’t close, at all. I think that’s a big reason the game went the way it did. The Broncos had 12 first downs to the Raiders’ 25.

In other words, the Broncos’ drives were ending a lot earlier than Las Vegas drives. It shows in the possession time, too. The Raiders had the ball for nearly nine more total minutes than the Broncos, with a possession time of 34:52, while the Broncos had the ball for 25:08.

The Broncos were able to run 48 total plays, which isn’t great. The more plays you get to run, the more opportunities you have to score the ball, and that’s just common knowledge. The Raiders were able to run 74 total plays, which is a huge discrepancy.

The Raiders dominated on offense. They ran the ball when they needed to, and passed it when necessary. That’s something we have been waiting to see for four weeks now. With 212 rushing yards, the Raiders were not able to be stopped on the ground.

They averaged 5.6 yards per carry, which is more than half of a first down nearly every time they ran it.

If they can keep this up, I think we could see that record become positive in a few weeks.

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