Passing lanes might be tight in this game with the No Fly Zone defense, but Oakland could have a slight advantage when it comes to pounding the rock. Denver still has an excellent defense, but could be a tad vulnerable to a powerful and dynamic Raiders rushing attack.
It may not be a bad idea for Raiders offensive coordinator Todd Downing to use the run to open up the pass early in the game. We saw last week what happened to the Oakland offense’s confidence when the passing game got out of rhythm early versus the Redskins.
Sure, a few quick passes from Carr to guys in the flat and the slot might help, but Marshawn Lynch and company could be key in allowing Carr to find better passing lanes as the game progresses. Carr had been incredibly accurate in the first two games, but that all went away in the letdown performance in Landover in Week 3.
Expecting his receivers to beat the No Fly Zone in man coverage on most downs is not the right call for Carr. Oakland may be an offensive-minded team, but should be conservative and methodical with the passing game in this one. The last thing Oakland needs is a Talib pick-six on an errant throw from Carr.