The Las Vegas Raiders got back to doing something they did earlier this season in one of their only wins of the year.
That’s right, coming into this game McDaniels said he wanted to and have a balanced offensive attack, just like they did the first time the Denver Broncos played the Las Vegas Raiders.
This is a team that plays better when both parts of their offense are coinciding together.
The run sets up the pass and vice versa. It’s the balanced offense that they did against the Broncos the first time and against the Texans.
That’s exactly what they were able to do too.
“We were adamant about trying to maintain our balance,” McDaniels said. “We didn’t want it to become a pass, pass, pass game. And I thought JJ [Jacobs] hung in there.
“He had to be patient and grind a few tough yards out there, but I thought he did a good job, took care of the ball again, which is always a good thing.”
It started with Josh Jacobs, who was unbelievable against Denver the first time, where he averaged 5.1 yards per carry on 144 rushing yards.
This time was very similar, as he finished with 109 on 4.5 yards per carry.
It’s safe to say Jacobs was a machine in both games.
“And [he] gave us an opportunity there to use some play-action passes, which ultimately, that was huge in overtime. That was what those two were off of, is play action. So a lot of that credit should go to JJ and the running game.”
That right there. That is exactly why the running game is so important. On that last play, Carr faked the ball to Josh Jacobs on the handoff, and you can kind of see some of the line biting on the bait a bit.
Ultimately, that helped Davante Adams get so open to score the walk-off touchdown. No, it wasn’t the reason he was open, but every little thing plays a factor.
They finished with 109 rushing yards, and 298 passing yards, which were both more than what the Broncos finished with.
The Raiders displayed one of their best all-around games on the offensive side of the ball. If they can play like that against one of the league’s best defenses, why can’t they do that every week?
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