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Three Questions About the Raiders as Training Camp Gets Closer

A 4-12 season in Jon Gruden’s first back with the Raiders was not exactly the way fans saw things going when ‘Chucky’ announced he was returning to the sidelines.

The team simply didn’t compete in 2018, and it showed with lackluster play way too often. The fans are anxious for 2019 to start, and if you think of the Raiders as a thoroughbred sprinting out of the gates to snatch the AFC West title this season, check out 4njbets horse racing odds on a daily basis.

Many don’t see it playing out that way, as most feel while improved, the Raiders have a way to go to be a real force in the division as well as the conference.

Today we take a look at three questions about this team as camp closes in at the end of the month.

1. Can This Offense Deliver?

The Raiders offense scored just 290 points in 2018, that’s an average of 18.1 points per game, ranking 28th of 32 teams in the league.

Ouch.

The team converted just 37.1 percent on third downs, and committed 24 turnovers, way too many to stay competitive in this division.

OC Greg Olson and this offense has to get off to a quicker start in games, and that falls on Derek Carr and his new buddies to deliver.

2. Brown and Williams Will Be Called Upon – A Lot

The new wide out core of Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams are going to have to step up to help out Carr, and each have gaudy numbers that should help out.

In 2016 Williams caught 69 passes (on 119 targets) for 1,059 yards and 7 touchdowns, and with Brown coming over with a ton of fanfare, it will give Williams a lot of chances to duplicate those numbers.

Brown last year put up 104 catches for 1,297 yards and 15 scores. If these two can’t make big plays for this team, they will be in big trouble.

3. The Defense Needs Attitude

First-round draft pick DE Clelin Ferrell has got to get up to speed for a defense that was the worst in football in terms of points allowed – 29.2 points per game.

Defensive coordinator Paul Guenther will be on the hot seat if this defense continues to wiff on tackles, not create turnovers, and allow big chunks of yards and points.

The defense has to help this offense that has a chance to be one of the best in the league if they play up to their potential.

If there’s a repeat of 2018 on defense, this team doesn’t stand a chance.


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