Raiders: 4 reasonable expectations against the Colts in Week 17
The team will rely on the Run
Touching back on the offense here — after finally getting a 100-yard rushing game from Josh Jacobs, the tide may be turning for not only the run game but also this Raider offense.
Once again looking at the numbers, the Raiders have a top-five passing attack. However, as stated before, these numbers are misleading. The second half of this Raider season has not been favorable for the team in terms of passing. Derek Carr has only gone over 300 yards passing once in his last eight games and has only thrown for over one touchdown once in this same time frame.
The 100-yard game from Jacobs was not only great for confidence going forward for the third-year back but also gives this Raider team and offensive line some hope that they can produce in the run game. It has been one of the league’s worst all season long, so the dazzling display against Denver this past week was more than welcoming news.
With a team that will also place an emphasis on the run game, the Raiders must combat with their own potent attack in the rushing department.
With the passing game dead for the most part at this point, the Raiders must go old-school and return to the run game. With Jacobs looking like he is fully healthy and carry the workload, the expectation will be that the run game will feature heavily in this contest.