Las Vegas Raiders 2020 early season grades: The Offense
The Las Vegas Raiders are 3-2 heading into their bye week, let’s take a look at how the offense has performed so far in the first five games of the season
The Las Vegas Raiders offense is clearly the strength of the team after five games, as it has been the driving force in their three wins so far and when the offense shows up, the Raiders tend to win their games. In their three victories they have averaged 36 points per game and in their two losses just 21.5 points per game.
The Raiders offense is currently ranked 6th in points scored with 151 and 5th in total yards with 1,997 over their 5 games. Obviously, these stats are skewed at the moment due to some teams playing only 3 or 4 games, but they are still ranked 7th in points per game.
Several folks, myself included, predicted that the Raiders would have a top-10 offense in 2020 and all I can say there is so far so good.
With the defense struggling to force turnovers and stop opposing offenses, the Raiders offense has had to take on the load of carrying the team and are doing so incredibly well. The unit is 18th in total drives but are currently second in points per drive at 3.04, and second in average length of drive at 3:12.
Most importantly, the Raiders offense is finishing these lengthy drives which is something they struggled with mightily in 2019 as they finished third in average drive length but a paltry 19th in average points per drive. The Raiders offense has grown leaps and bounds since Jon Gruden’s first year and even since 2019 and that growth is showing up in all the relevant statistical categories.
While the overall offense is clearly performing well, let’s take a look at the performances of the individual position groups.