Las Vegas Raiders at New York Giants: 3 Studs, 3 Duds in Week 9
Every week, the Raiders defensive line causes havoc for the opposing quarterback, and every single week, a different pass rusher collects multiple sacks. This week, that man was Yannick Ngakoue, who had two sacks, one of which was a strip-sack that Darius Philon ended up recovering.
Ngakoue has been everything that the Raiders have been missing since the Khalil Mack trade from being a leader in the locker room and then turning that into production on the field. The Raiders offense just needs to do a better job at capitalizing on the play of this defensive line.
Josh Jacobs & Kenyan Drake
The Las Vegas running game looked pretty good on Sunday, and maybe the Raiders should’ve gone to it more seeing the results of Derek Carr’s passing. Jacobs is looking healthier than he has all season, and against the Giants, he produced 76 rushing yards and had 19 receiving yards, putting him close to 100 scrimmage yards for the day.
Drake only had four carries on the day but those four carries went for 30 yards and he was able to combine for 100 scrimmage yards, as he caught six passes for 70 yards. The Raiders should win games when these two have the type of games that they did, but we will get to the reason they lost later in this article.
Darren Waller had one of his better days of the season and could’ve had an even better one if Derek Carr was more on target than he was on Sunday. The last time Waller was this involved in the offense was in Week 1 against the Baltimore Ravens.
Waller finished the game with 92 receiving yards on seven receptions and 11 targets but was missed multiple tomes by Carr in the end zone and on a deep shot.