Las Vegas Raiders X-Factors against the Titans in 2022 Week 3
Keep Davante Adams involved
In Week 1 Derek Carr and Davante Adams put everyone on notice and reminded them how their synergy hasn’t missed a beat since their Fresno State days. Adams totaled 141 receiving yards with 10 catches and a touchdown, with a team-high 17 targets going his way.
Perhaps Carr and the Raiders were making a point in solely looking toward their prized offseason acquisition.
In Week 2 the game script certainly took a turn. Adams found the endzone once again, but he finished with just two catches for 12 yards. He did see seven targets overall, but on a few of those passes, it seemed like he and Carr were out of sync, perhaps due to some miscommunication.
In the end, it came back to bite them when those missed opportunities could have likely kept the game in Las Vegas’ hands and out of overtime.
Keeping the Raiders WR1 involved throughout the game is essential to success, after all, Las Vegas did part ways with their first and second-round draft picks to get him. Holistically it feels like Carr and the Raiders’ offense are going through some growing pains, but the goal is that they’ll find their stride sooner rather than later.
Targeting Adams consistently through four quarters will reap more benefits as opposed to waiting until the final moments where it could prove too little too late.
That’s on the shoulders of Josh McDaniels to script a game plan to get him open no matter the coverage, and subsequently for Carr to find his man.