Las Vegas Raiders vs. Denver Broncos: 2021 Week 6 defensive grades
The expectations going into the matchup were terrifying considering the Raiders were without starting cornerback Trayvon Mullen and Damon Arnette. Second-year cornerback Amik Robertson looked overmatched last week against the Chicago Bears, and the Broncos are not too shabby in the receiver department.
Defensive coordinator Gus Bradley was able to pull off some Chargers magic in this contest in the form of Brandon Facyson. The 27-year-old cornerback was signed this month off of the Los Angeles Chargers practice squad, and playing opposite dependable veteran Casey Hayward was the best of the bunch on Sunday.
He was the most targeted cornerback in this one, while being targeted seven times, he allowed only four receptions while intercepting Bridgewater. Also getting in on the interception party was both starting safeties in Johnathan Abram and rookie Tre’Von Moehrig who made his first career interception.
The Broncos were down early in this one, which forced Bridgewater to throw the ball nearly 50 times en route to his over 300 yards. However, these numbers pale in comparison when considering the Raiders secondary picked off Bridgewater three times, and allowed only a passer rating of 84.9.
Coming off a monster win on the road, the Las Vegas Raiders will play host to the Philadelphia Eagles in their final game before their bye week.
Wide receiver Courtland Sutton and tight End Noah Fant had big games, but this is to be expected when the pair were targeted a combined 25 times. Overall the Raiders secondary made up for poor performances the last two weeks.