Bringing an offensive spirit with Josh McDaniels’ track record as head coach brought a lot of attention to what was to be a new Las Vegas Raiders offense.
Trading for All-Pro wide receiver Davante Adams only brought more, and the potential for what the Raiders’ offense could be this season exploded.
After five games, the Raiders are among the NFL’s top 10 scorers, but it hasn’t been a smooth start.
The transition period to learn McDaniels’ offense extended into the season, where the Raiders deal with rotations and inconsistencies.
They didn’t run the ball much in the first three games, and the Raiders struggled to involve all of their best receivers consistently.
There has been renewed attention in the last two games, however, with running back Josh Jacobs’ team.
Jacobs set career highs in yardage in back-to-back games, which were the Raiders’ two highest-scoring games this season.
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That helped offset a slow start to the season by quarterback Derek Carr, who is on course to have his lowest completion percentage and QB rating since 2017.
Carr wasn’t helped by wide receiver Hunter Renfrow who missed two games and an offensive line that, while improving, will likely remain a talking point for the rest of the season.
If they can continue to perform as they have for the past two weeks, the Raiders could have a formula for sustained offensive success.
Jacobs has been too good not to keep presenting him, although Renfrow and tight end Darren Waller will need to look like themselves for this offense to reach its full potential.
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