Las Vegas Raiders X-Factors against the Broncos in 2022 Week 4

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - DECEMBER 26: Running back Josh Jacobs #28 of the Las Vegas Raiders runs for yardage against outside linebacker Bradley Chubb #55 of the Denver Broncos during their game at Allegiant Stadium on December 26, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Raiders defeated the Broncos 17-13. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - DECEMBER 26: Running back Josh Jacobs #28 of the Las Vegas Raiders runs for yardage against outside linebacker Bradley Chubb #55 of the Denver Broncos during their game at Allegiant Stadium on December 26, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Raiders defeated the Broncos 17-13. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) /
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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - SEPTEMBER 18: Defensive end Chandler Jones #55 of the Las Vegas Raiders waits for the start of a game against the Arizona Cardinals at Allegiant Stadium on September 18, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Cardinals defeated the Raiders 29-23 in overtime. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 18: Defensive end Chandler Jones #55 of the Las Vegas Raiders waits for the start of a game against the Arizona Cardinals at Allegiant Stadium on September 18, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Cardinals defeated the Raiders 29-23 in overtime. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) /

Las Vegas Raiders X-Factors against the Broncos in 2022 Week 4

Chandler Jones must make an impact

Last season the Raiders ranked 30th in takeaways per game (0.8), and it was a key factor in Las Vegas adding pass rusher Chandler Jones in the offseason. Paired with Maxx Crosby on the edge, the expectation was that both these two would be able to bring down the quarterback and potentially force some turnovers in the process. For three weeks, Jones has been relatively quiet, and that has to change soon.

Last week against the Tennessee Titans Jones had just one assisted tackle and one quarterback hit. Through three games he’s logged four quarterback hits without registering a sack, and its clear that the Raiders need more from the veteran edge rusher. Granted there have been instances where Jones and Crosby have come inches away from bringing down the quarterback, but the margin for error is slim if Las Vegas hopes to climb back into the playoff chase.

The Broncos are tied for 23rd with an average of 3.0 sacks allowed per game to start the season, so the odds may be in Jones’ favor heading into Sunday’s contest. Combined with Denver’s baffling play-calling through Nathaniel Hackett’s first three games, there is increasing hope that Jones could make a sizable impact in Week 4. A takeaway here and there can go a long way in turning the momentum in the Raiders’ favor, and Jones knows he has a vital role to play in achieving that goal.