The Las Vegas Raiders could be in trouble if they don’t come away with the win against the Arizona Cardinals. That would put them at two losses against two teams that are beatable. So, it is fair to say, this week is crucial.
We have already talked about the defensive players that can go off for the Raiders, but here are the offensive players not named Davante Adams and Derek Carr that can have great games.
Hunter Renfrow, Wide Receiver
Renfrow did not have a great start to his season last week against the Chargers. In fact, he finished with three catches on nine targets for just 21 yards. His longest catch was nine yards, which also does not sound like the Renfrow we know.
Renfrow could be going up against the Cardinals’ second-best cornerback, which, according to their depth chart is Marco Wilson. Wilson currently has a Pro Football Focus grade of 46.9. He has allowed three catches for 26 yards so far in 2022, and that number could change as he matches up against Renfrow.
Josh Jacobs, Running back
Jacobs had some success against the Chargers in terms of running the ball. He finished with 10 carries for 57 yards, which comes out at 5.7 yards a carry. For some reason, they stopped running the ball against the Chargers. A big part of that was the game script, but they could have run more, certainly.
Against the Arizona Cardinals, look for the Raiders to run the ball down their throats. Jacobs should have a huge game. The Cardinals gave up 128 rushing yards to the Cheifs in Week 1, a team that doesn’t run the ball often. I’m going to predict that Jacobs surpasses the 100 rushing yards mark on Sunday.
Lester Cotton Sr., Right Guard
Yes, the Raiders’ offensive line is bad. Very bad. However, there are some bright spots. Cotton Sr. was the one guy last week that was good up front. He allowed zero pressures and zero sacks or quarterback hits, in a game where Carr was sacked six times. Cotton Sr., held his own for sure.
There is a possibility that the Cardinals could be without some of their best pass rushers like J.J. Watt, which definitely helps Cotton Sr. He should be able to have another great game on Sunday against the Cardinals, so that is something I’ll be watching.
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