Las Vegas Raiders Defense is Struggling

Hikaru Kudo

It’s two weeks into this season and there’s been a common theme in both games the Las Vegas Raiders played.

The defense just wasn’t up to an optimal level.

Sure, blame the loss of linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski for both weeks, which is in fact true and changes the scope of the defense.

But even then, the Raiders defense as a unit was being stomped on.

In two games, Las Vegas allowed 241 rushing yards. While not the greatest of numbers, the Silver and Black are in the middle of the pack, as expected.

This is partially due to a strong defensive line with the likes of defensive end Clelin Ferrell and Maxx Crosby able to apply pressure to the opponent’s quarterback.

While still something to work on, it’s not as bad as the passing defense.

The Raiders have struggled big-time limiting the ball in the air. In two weeks, the Raiders are 29th in the league in passing yards allowed. The Silver and Black have allowed 571 total passing yards in two games.

That’s an average of 285.5 yards per game, or far too many.

Simply put, the opponents have been able to outrun the secondary.

The secondary was ranked 24th by Pro Football Focus prior to the 2020 season.

The Raiders are so far living up to that ranking, perhaps a little worse.

As a cherry on top, it’s not going to get any easier. The Raiders are up against quarterbacks Cam Newton, Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes in the next three weeks.

Three quarterbacks who like to throw the ball long.

The Raiders defense, specifically the secondary, need to step in the coming weeks if the Silver and Black want to keep their winning ways.

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Comments (11)
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MSU88CHICK
MSU88CHICK

I think this past game proved this article to be true

Byrdman007
Byrdman007

Our defense stinks! I agree with Raideraid, it actually looks worse than last year, which I didn't think was remotely possible. Littleton needs to be on a milk carton along with Crosby, Maliek whatever the heck his name is, and Arden Key. It's really frustrating when you read the pre-season articles about how great this dude looks in camp or that dude looks in camp and then the games starts it it's like...da fuq? At least we're 2-0, but the next month is going to be rough if we don't tighten up.

RaiderX
RaiderX

So far it seems like we can't stop the run and we can't rush the passer. Sooner or later, that's going to catch up to us if we don't find a way to get a handle on it. We have done enough to win but we have the Patriots, Bills and Chiefs in a killer stretch. Personally, I am not a huge fan of Guenther. I think he plays people out of position. I think he tries to play people where they are not at their best to make them fit his ideas. (Joyner for instance) His defense doesn't frighten anyone. That being said, I hope we can come together despite what I feel about Guenther and his scheme.

Autumn Wind
Autumn Wind

Not true not struggling

B1G Ball Buster1
B1G Ball Buster1

I totally disagree with this article. I love this site I just disagree with this article

Smokey39
Smokey39

Okay, Everybody and their brother-in-law knew the Raiders defense has been awful the last two years, right. So far, this year looks worse than last. The pass rush seems to have gotten worse, if that's possible. The secondary seems worse, if that's possible ans Cory Littleton seems to be invisible, after all the hype and money, and we had next to no depth at linebacker.. When the Saints were on offense the 10-15 yard defensive zone off the line of scrimmage looked like a desert wasteland, uninhabited by anybody in the Silver and Black. It seems nobody is mentioning our two herois 'Gruden and Mayock,' when it comes to assigning responsibility for thee crappy defense. I think it's time to hold these guys accountable for failing to create a decent defense. Personally, I don't care if Jon Gruden likes Howard Cosell on MNF better than whomever. Dude, do something about the horrendous defense!

Raideraid
Raideraid

I appreciate high turnaround and general quality of articles here, I really do. But I gotta respectfully disagree about our defensive issues. “Strong defensive line”? “Ferrell and Crosby?” If we’re going to name names, maybe try Maurice Hurst or Carl Nassib, two rotational players who each have more sacks/tfl/qb hits (0.5/0.5/3 each) than both our young defensive ends combined (0/0/1 combined). According to Football Outsiders, our D-line is ranked 29 against the running backs and 32 pass-rushing. Meanwhile our back seven is ranked 19 in adjusted yards against running backs when they get to the second level, and Abrams’ has more tfl and an equal number of qb hits (1/1) as Ferrel and Crosby combined. Not saying our secondary is playing great, but outside of one big trip and a rough first half against the Saints by Arnette (oh and every minute played by Erik Harris), they’ve been fine. Get our DL to middle of the pack in terms of pressure (and bench Harris for Heath or Joyner at free safety) and I bet they’ll be better than fine.

terrywak
terrywak

With defense its everyone doing their job, not just the secondary. With no pass rush, the secondary gets picked apart.

Raiderforever
Raiderforever

good test and experience for our young secondary. Give them hell Raiders.


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