5 storylines for the 2019 Oakland Raiders at midseason

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 03: A general view during the Oakland Raiders game against the Detroit Lions at RingCentral Coliseum on November 03, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 03: A general view during the Oakland Raiders game against the Detroit Lions at RingCentral Coliseum on November 03, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /
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SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – AUGUST 29: Offensive line coach Tom Cable of the Oakland Raiders looks at the crowd before the preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on August 29, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – AUGUST 29: Offensive line coach Tom Cable of the Oakland Raiders looks at the crowd before the preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on August 29, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images) /

The Offensive Line is dominant

First of all, lets give credit where credit is due, offensive line coach Tom Cable was the main target of ridicule last year as the Raiders offensive line gave up a whopping 52 sacks. In 2018, the Raiders drafted rookie tackles Kolton Miller and Brandon Parker, and moved veteran left tackle Donald Penn to right tackle

As a rookie, Miller started the season with solid efforts vs. Bradley Chubb, Von Miller and Myles Garrett, but a string of knee injuries got the best of him and the rest of the offensive line. The Raiders at times had only one starting lineman in at a time, and it showed, this offseason Cable and the Raiders staff focused on strength, size, conditioning and speed and Cable has built a bully.

The offensive line leads the NFL in sacks against at15, and is not only dominant in the passing game, but is powerful in the run game allowing Josh Jacobs to run through lanes wide enough for a freight truck while he is averaging nearly five yards a carry. This is all with the entire starting line playing a total of nine minutes together the entire season.

The offensive line, aptly named “Carr Insurance” shows a true sense of pride in what they do and have cemented themselves as one of, if not the best in the NFL.