The Las Vegas Raiders have had flashes of potential this season. Really, just with their offense.
There have been games where it looked like they could do no wrong on that side of the ball. One of them was against the Denver Broncos, who are a top defense in the league.
It just so happens that maybe the best defense they have faced all year is when their offense may have been the best, especially in terms of being balanced.
“I think we’ve always wanted to be that way,” McDaniels said when asked about having a balanced offense. “Sometimes the score, and in many cases down and distance can get in the way of that… But we’ve actually gotten in our own way in that regard, relative to some games, relative to the balance that we’ve been able to have.
“So, in an ideal world, you’d love to be balanced every week. Sometimes teams do things defensively that would maybe make you want to do something other than that to be productive; stacking the box and giving you opportunities to throw it, or what have you. But by and large, that would be the goal.”
The Raiders finished their Week 4 matchup against their division rival with 173 passing yards and 212 rushing yards. That is also the second highest amount of points (32) they have scored all year, after their game against the Texans in Week 7 (38).
If the Raiders can get back to being dangerous on the ground, it will only benefit them through the air as well. Getting big gains, and even small gains, on the ground over and over again sets up the play-action game and a deep ball downfield for Davante Adams.
They need to get back to that play style, and it is obviously how McDaniels would love it to be. They did it once against Denver, I think they could do it again.
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