5 Questions with Silver & Black Pride: Raiders vs Jaguars

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The Jacksonville Jaguars (2-6) return home to TIAA Bank Field this Sunday to face the Las Vegas Raiders (2-5). The game is scheduled to kick off at 1 p.m. Eastern Time and will air on CBS in local markets.

The Jaguars enter the game on a five-game losing streak, but the Raiders have also struggled in 2022, winning just two of the team’s first seven games. To learn more about Las Vegas, we spoke with Mattress holder of Silver and Black Pride – SB Nation’s home for all things Raiders.

What were the reasons behind the Raiders’ struggles? Are Las Vegas fans already doubting head coach Josh McDaniels? How can quarterback Trevor Lawrence and the Jacksonville offense best attack the Las Vegas defense? Matt answers these questions and more.

1. The Raiders are just 2-5 this season and are coming off a 24-0 loss to the New Orleans Saints. Why has the team struggled so far? What are fans’ first thoughts on head coach Josh McDaniels and his staff?

Mast: The Raiders are really just a disorganized mess this season. In most cases, when the offense plays well, the defense cannot stop, and vice versa. Fair or not, McDaniels bears much of the blame within the fanbase as Las Vegas was a playoff team a year ago and added a superstar in Davante Adams, but somehow has got worse and the playoffs seem like an afterthought. I would say the majority of Raider Nation already wants McDaniels gone already.

2. Earlier this year, the Jaguars took to the road to easily defeat the Chargers in Los Angeles, but have always struggled on the West Coast. With the Raiders traveling east to Jacksonville this week, is there a concern that the long trip could have a physical impact and cause fatigue/jet lag for Las Vegas, or is that a non-issue? ? Why or why not?

Mast: Not at all because the Jaguars will be more jet lag than the Raiders after playing in London last week. Meanwhile, the Raiders played in New Orleans and stayed in the Southeast for practice this week. at IMG Academy in Sarasota. The schedulers have done Las Vegas a favor because they won’t have to log as many air miles as Jacksonville for a home game.

3. Offensively, how would you rate the play of quarterback Derek Carr, wide receiver Davante Adams and running back Josh Jacobs this season? Are there any under-the-radar players in the Las Vegas offense that Jaguars fans should watch out for on Sunday?

Mast: Carr and Adams have been on their ups and downs for most of the season as they’ll connect for 10+ catches and 100+ yards one game and then look like they’re out of sync the next. I’m sure learning about a new offense played a big role, but they didn’t pick up where they left off from their days in Fresno State like a lot of people thought they would. would do, or at least not consistently.

As for Jacobs, he is arguably the best player on the team. Maxx Crosby is the only other guy who could give him a hard time as team MVP, but Jacobs is one of the best rushers in the league and has done a lot on his own. By PFFhe ranks second among running backs in missed forced tackles and fourth in yards after contact.

The only other offensive weapon I can think of that could play a role in this game is wide receiver Mack Hollins. His 26 catches and 381 yards are career highs (and significantly) and he managed to find the end zone twice. Darren Waller and Hunter Renfrow have struggled to connect with Carr this season, in part due to injuries, but Hollins has become the team’s second best receiver. Apart from him, however, the Raiders haven’t encountered anyone this season, and containing Adams and Jacobs is key to stopping their offense.

4. The Raiders defense mostly struggled, ranking 25th in yards allowed per game (366.7), 25th in passing yards allowed per game (258.1) and 25th in points allowed per game (24 ,9). However, the unit was strong against the run, ranking 10th in the NFL (108.6 yards allowed per game). What’s the best way for Doug Pederson, Trevor Lawrence and the rest of the Jacksonville offense to attack this defense?

Mast: Double team Crosby and enjoy a beaten secondary. Chandler Jones was brought in to take some of the pressure off Crosby, but Jones was a shell of himself with only half a bag and very little pressure to accompany it. Unfortunately, Las Vegas’ pass rush has been quite one guy dependent this season and New Orleans figured that out pretty quickly, so they were able to keep Andy Dalton clean and separate a bunch of level defensive backs replacement.

The Raiders have dealt with a slew of secondary injuries this season. Anthony Averett was supposed to be the first cornerback off the bench, but he went on the injured list after the season opener, then when he returned, their top cornerback, Nate Hobbs, headed to the bench. ‘IR. Now Averett starts and struggles to fill Hobbs’ shoes. Rock Ya-Sin is the other starting corner Jaguars fans may remember from his Indianapolis days, and he was solid, but not the CB1 they currently need. They’ve also been beaten on safety, so there will definitely be opportunities for Lawrence to push the ball downfield if the offensive line can keep Crosby at bay.

5. If you could take a player from the Jacksonville roster and add him to the Raiders roster, who would you choose and why?

Mast: Tyson Campbell.

As I just mentioned, the Raiders are pretty depleted at cornerback and it looks like that will be one of their main draft needs even when Hobbs returns. I liked Campbell’s traits coming out of Georgia and it looks like he’s setting it up and could be a Pro Bowler in the future. I could also go with Josh Allen, but Clelin Ferrell’s editorial wound on Allen is still too fresh!

6. According to DraftKings Sportsbookthe Raiders are currently favored on the road by 1.5 points and the over/under is set at 48. Will the Raiders cover, will you take it over or under and what is your final prediction?

I think so, but I thought last week and pretty much every other game this season, minus the fight with the Kansas City Chiefs. For me, the Raiders have a much better roster than the Jaguars and if they can avoid fighting, which they’ve struggled to do all year, then they should have no problem winning on Sunday.

I’ll take the underside and say Vegas covers with a 24-20 win.

Many thanks to Matt for his thoughts, ideas and analysis regarding Las Vegas. For additional coverage on the Raiders, please follow matt and follow Silver and Black Pride as well.

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