Oakland Raiders Week 8 Stats Breakdown and Awards

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Nov 1, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) reacts after throwing a touchdown pass against the New York Jets in the third quarter at O.co Coliseum. The Raiders defeated the Jets 34-20. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

We are clearly starting to see the Raiders reaping the fruits of their offseason labors. The offense has been playing efficient, aggressive football flying high on the leadership of Derek Carr. There has been a lot of writing coming out lately talking about how Derek Carr is starting to emerge as one of the leagues better, maybe even one of best quarterbacks. I even saw one person use the often overused and debated term “elite” while on the topic of the second year QB.

The defense has been taking steps in the right direction, improving steadily as the season continues to roll on. Their identity is starting to take shape on the defensive front as a hard-nosed run stopping front seven who will continue to pressure the QB.

The secondary, started the season off as a soft spot, but is becoming tougher and more reliable as the season wears on. Charles Woodson is certainly leading by example and teaching these younger players how to be hungry, and how to play to win. It is becoming apparent that staying competitive isn’t the mindset anymore, it’s moved beyond that.

Of course, you’ve read all those articles as well. But you need more information on your beloved Raiders, and I’m the guy to give it to you. So, it’s time to dive into the stats, and see how the numbers shake out.

Next: Week 8 Offensive Standouts