The Las Vegas Raiders needed to get off to a fast start against the Denver Broncos, and they did just that, scoring a touchdown on their opening drive.
For the Las Vegas Raiders, the past week has been a strange one, as the week began with their head coach resigning. Going into their Week 6 matchup against Denver, they needed to make sure that they got off to the right start, and they certainly did just that.
On their opening drive, new play-caller Greg Olson looked like a genius, working the pass and the run game, leading the Raiders to midfield. From there, it was all Derek Carr, as he hit star wide receiver Henry Ruggs for a 48-yard touchdown to open the scoring.
For Las Vegas, it was the first time they had scored a touchdown on an opening drive since Week 11 of last season, and it is clear that the playcalling is going to be different between Olson and Jon Gruden. Gruden was very cautious to start games, with his playcalling being very vanilla, something that was not the case to open up this matchup.
Raiders looking to move to 4-2 on the season
With the Los Angeles Chargers losing to the Baltimore Ravens earlier today, the Raiders are now in a position to tie them for first place in the AFC West. Of course, coming into the game at 3-2 as well, the Denver Broncos could move to 4-2 as well, so this is a crucial AFC West matchup early on in 2021.
The Las Vegas Raiders are not getting a solid return on drafting Alex Leatherwood, and he may be best suited moving inside to guard.
There is no telling how the rest of the game will play out, but for Carr and this offense to get off to that kind of start, without Gruden calling plays, was definitely a good sign to start with. The Broncos have explosive talent on offense as well, and this will likely be an outstanding game, so buckle up for three hours of fun.