The Las Vegas Raiders keep their playoff hopes alive and go back over .500 with a 17-13 victory over the Denver Broncos in Week 16.
The Las Vegas Raiders are now officially in a win and they are in mode when it comes to making the playoffs. Due to a victory over the Denver Broncos, a surprising Chargers loss, and a dominating Chiefs win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Raiders can claim that last playoff spot with wins in their final two games. If that is to happen the offense needs to have a better performance going forward.
Yes, this was a victory, but one in which the offense did just enough to squeak out with a win and did everything they could to lose this game. The Broncos only offensive touchdown came due to a Derek Carr interception and return by Bradley Chubb, but that was more of a player making a great play then anything bad the offense did.
This was the most successful game this season for Josh Jacobs and the running game, with Jacobs finally going for over 100 yards for the first time this season, and it was a pretty good showing from the wide receiving group despite losing Bryan Edwards a day before the game. The offense and Derek Carr have been capable of moving the ball up and down the field all season long getting the ball in the end zone has been their problem, but in this game in their two red zone possessions they came away with touchdowns both times.
Turnovers are another problem that this offense needs to get taken care of the Raiders once again lost the turnover battle turning the ball over three times, twice by Carr, and getting zero against a Drew Lock led offense. Let’s take a look at grades for each position group on the offensive side of the ball and take a look on how each played a part in today’s victory and season sweep of the Denver Broncos.