In a disappointing year for the Oakland Raiders, their once considered high-powered offense continues to struggle.
The Raiders have been one of the most disappointing teams of the NFL season. Last year they looked like a group on the rise finally ready to break through but instead each key member of their offense has hit a slump.
Whether the blame should be on the offensive coordinator or on the players themselves, Oakland has looked nothing like it should this year.
Derek Carr, although recovering from back-to-back injuries, is throwing almost as many interceptions as he is touchdowns while his two main receivers, Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree are having little to no impact on games.
Each WR has had just one notable game this season.
Crabtree caught the game-winning TD pass when the Raiders beat the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday Night Football, and in that same game Cooper went for 210 yards and two TDs.
When it comes to running the ball Oakland hasn’t been any better. Marshawn Lynch has been underwhelming, to say the least, playing for his hometown team. Week 9 against the Miami Dolphins Lynch amassed 57 yards including a 22-yard burst to go along with two TDs but wasn’t nearly as effective throughout the team’s first eight games.
Oakland just barely beat the Dolphins Week 9, 27-24, in a game where Carr threw for 300 yards but just one TD and an INT.
Cooper and Crabtree combined for only 98 yards with zero touchdowns between them.
Unless the Raiders have a “R-E-L-A-X” moment in them and run the table, this season will be a bust and they’ll have to go back to the drawing board.
Whatever the issue is with their offense, they need to correct it fast. They have half a season left to right the ship.