5 realistic expectations for the Oakland Raiders in Week 13
Jalen Richard more involved
Last week against the Ravens Jalen Richard had just two catches on four targets for 15 yards. The Raiders offense slowed down in the second half and Richard had little impact in both the running game but also the passing game, the latter being his greater value. That’ll likely change this Sunday against the Chiefs.
As is widely assumed, at some point the Chiefs will be up big on the Raiders and when that time comes Oakland will need to defer from running the ball in an attempt to make the game somewhat competitive. Richard should be used as a weapon in the passing game, as he’s generally the recipient in the check-down game.
Expect those receiving targets to increase against the Chiefs and the hope here is that the catches and yardage increase simultaneously as well.