Oakland Raiders: Five Thoughts from Week 10

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Pass rush showed its potential

Nov 15, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) tries to elude Oakland Raiders strong safety Taylor Mays (27) in the third quarter at O.co Coliseum. The Vikings defeated the Raiders 30-14. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

The Raiders pass rush finally came alive last Sunday, recording four sacks against the Vikings. Khalil Mack, Aldon Smith, Curtis Lofton and Edwards all registered a sack each, and the team also registered seven QB hits on the day.

It was the second most sacks the team recorded in a game this season, with five against Cleveland being the only game to top that.

Led by Mack and Aldon, expectations for the pass rush have been high, and they haven’t been lived up to so far. But with a strong performance in Week 10, it could be a sign of things to come.

Things just got a little more difficult with the suspension news of Aldon, but there is enough talent on the front seven for them to produce quality sack totals, even without Smith.

It will be up to Ken Norton Jr. to make some adjustments without Aldon, and the “next man up” philosophy applies to the players to step up their play with a key piece missing.

Next: Week 10: Thought #4