The Raiders are coming off a wild first five games in which they have accumulated a 1-4 record with only a minus five overall point differential. Currently the Raiders expected W-L Record should be 3-2 with expected wins over the Broncos, Cardinals, and Titans and losses to the Chiefs and Chargers. Their offense currently ranks ninth in efficiency and their defense is ranked 22nd. So what has gone wrong to cause their slow start and which area’s need to pick it up in order for them to start winning, which could be incredibly possible post bye week.
A “B” grade really sums up Derek Carr’s career. He’s nothing special but he isn’t average either, he’s the definition of a game manager that can win and lose you games. Currently he’s completing 61.4% of his attempts for 1279 yards, eight TDs, and four INTs. He’s also added a 87.7 rating and 69 rushing yards on 11 attempts. Carr has played a little above average this year. He’s getting the Raiders into a scoring position but they aren’t incredibly effective in the red zone, a problem Carr and the Raiders have struggled with his entire career.
Running Back: A-
Josh Jacobs is basically the only notable asset in this backfield but he’s been incredible this year. He’s recorded 91 attempts for 490 yards and three touchdowns including back to back games breaking his career high in rushing yards. He also ranks third on the Raiders with 17 receptions on 18 targets for 129 yards. He’s forced the second most missed tackles in the league trailing only Nick Chubb. Backups Brandon Bolden and Zamir White have only combined for 48 rushing yards on 12 attempts and eight rec for 53 yards. This grade is heavily weighted by Jacobs but it’s a deserving one for his play.
Wide Receivers: C+
Hunter Renfrow hasn’t been great this season, he has 14 receptions and 105 yards in three games while also adding two fumbles, one of which cost the Raiders their week two matchup vs Arizona. Coming off a payday and career year you’d expect more from Renfrow and if the Raiders want to really get rolling he’s a crucial part of that offense. Davante Adams has been sensational. He’s already been targeted 54 times in five games for 29 receptions, 414 yards and five touchdowns which are tied for second in the NFL. He exploded for two 45+ yard touchdowns vs the Chiefs on Monday Night Football and clearly is the biggest reason the Raiders are able to move the ball on offense. Mack Hollins has been a surprise and outside notable drops vs the Chiefs he’s been a strong 3rd option in the Raiders offense, putting up 273 yards and a touchdown on 17 receptions. Keelan Cole, Tyron Johnson, and recent addition Albert Wilson haven’t done anything notable outside a crucial TD drop by Cole vs the Titans.