The Las Vegas Raiders have finally won their first game of the season, but this one is at the hands of their biggest rival, the Denver Broncos. So, as you can probably understand, this win is a bit sweeter than a usual win.

The offense and defense were both great on Sunday in Las Vegas. They played their most complete game of the season, but the offense is what stood out most. They ran for 212 rushing yards and threw the ball when they needed to.

The defense though locked down when they needed to. They could have been better, yes, but they were good enough. Now they need to build off of this.

But, there is one player on the Raiders that will still get criticized for his play.

“He’s making a lot of plays that don’t show up on the stat sheet, and that’s probably not good enough for everyone to listen to,” McDaniels said on Monday when asked about Chandler Jones. “Making plays in the running game, drew multiple holding penalties yesterday. There are ways to produce, and there are ways to impact the game beyond just the one column that everybody is looking for.

“I thought there were a lot of different things going on upfront yesterday where we created some negativity offensively for them with some of our efforts the way we were playing. We didn’t always make the tackle or we didn’t always get the sack or the TFL [tackle for loss] but we created it for someone else to have it. Chandler is an unselfish guy, and he understands what his role is, and nobody would want to have more of those than Chandler would… but he was in there, Russell [Wilson] felt him for sure.”

The front unit has the potential to be one of the league’s best, especially when it comes to sacking the quarterback. Jones may not have had one on Sunday, but he definitely created opportunities for others to get some, including Maxx Crosby who had two sacks on the day.

Jones is one of the more dominant edge rushers of his time, and he is well over 100 career sacks. In fact, he is ranked 26th all-time in career sack numbers. So, he knows how to get to the quarterback.

In other words, Raiders fans need to calm down a bit on the ‘Jones is washed’ train. I don’t think that’s what it is at all. He still had 10.5 sacks last year.

It will come to him, it always does. And, even when it isn’t, it’s obvious he is still doing what he’s supposed to do.

However, they are paying him a ton of money to do one thing. He is getting paid all that money to bring the quarterback down. That’s what he has always done, so why isn’t he now? Luckily, there is still time for him to figure it out. But that excuse by McDaniels seems a bit like avoiding.

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