The Las Vegas Raiders finally won a game this past Sunday, and here are three things we learned in the victory over Denver.
On Sunday, the Las Vegas Raiders welcomed the Denver Broncos to Allegiant Stadium with their season on the line. Sure, it was only the fourth game of the 2022 campaign for the Silver and Black, but after starting the season with three straight losses, and Kansas City on the horizon, this was a must-win game.
After stumbling to play consistent football in each of their first three games, the Raiders finally put four quarters of football together, beating Denver, and moving to 1-3 on the season. There is a lot of work to be done to get back into the playoff conversation in the AFC, but this was a convincing victory that should not be understated.
Raiders vs Broncos 2022 Week 4: Things we learned
They must run the football consistently
Early on in the win against Denver, it was clear that the Las Vegas Raiders were going to be able to run the football. Sticking to that gameplan would be the biggest part for Josh McDaniels, who has appeared to abandon the run on more occasions than not.
On Sunday, Josh Jacobs ran wild against the Broncos’ defense, a defense that came in as one of the best in the NFL. His 144 yards on the ground were the key for the Raiders on offense, and if the team can run the ball with that kind of consistency, they are going to be very hard to beat.
Amik Robertson finally contributes
Amik Robertson has been an interesting player since the Raiders drafted him, as there was hope that he would be the slot cornerback of the future. However, he struggled for the most part during his NFL career, but on Sunday, he turned in the best performance we have seen from him so far.
After a little smack-talking from Jerry Jeudy, Robertson went on a mission and ended up with one of the biggest plays of the game, a scoop-and-score fumble recovery. That swung the game in the Raiders’ favor, and based on his play on Sunday, the Raiders could have another solid young cornerback in their defensive backfield.
The season is far from over
Getting out to an 0-3 start can kill your team’s chances of making it to the playoffs, but this season is far from over for the Silver and Black. Yes, they have a tough matchup ahead of them next Monday night against Kansas City, but after that, the road gets a lot easier, and they can go on a significant run.
The Las Vegas Raiders got their first win of the season and it came by way of a vital 32-23 divisional win against the Denver Broncos.
Beating Kansas City on the road is never an easy task, and there is a good chance the Silver and Black go into the bye week sitting at 1-4. Even if that is the case, this is a team that is loaded with talent, so do not count them out just yet.