Week 1 winners and losers vs. Chargers

Week 1 winners and losers vs. Chargers

As the season opener approached, everyone knew the Las Vegas Raiders were in for a fight. The Los Angeles Chargers have one of the best rosters in the NFL and are expected to be a Super Bowl contender this year. So it’s not the end of the world that the Raiders were down 24-19 in Week 1, but it puts them behind the eight ball.

With the Denver Broncos set to face the depleted Seattle Seahawks tonight, Las Vegas will likely be watching the other three AFC West teams past opening weekend. Again, it’s nothing they can’t come back from, but the Silver and Black just didn’t get enough of a few key players to do the job on Sunday.

That being said, they faced off against one of the best teams in the league, so there were at least a few silver linings in the contest.

WINNER: Davante Adams

Davante Adams
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All summer, Raider Nation waited for Adams’ debut in the Silver and Black and while tossing a win would have made it sweeter, the wide was as advertised.

He received 15 targets and hauled 10 for 141 yards and a touchdown, tied for second receptions and third yards among wide receivers in Week 1. He also ranked 10th with 3.44 yards per haul , which is a ridiculously high number that would have been his fifth-best single-game performance last season, a year in which he racked up more than 1,600 yards, including the playoffs.

What makes this line of stats even more promising is that there were a few games left on the table where Adams was open but Derek Carr missed. If they start connecting on these, the Raiders pass attack is going to be deadly.

LOSER: The Raiders’ offseason

Don’t get me wrong, Las Vegas still had a good offseason adding a few superstars like Adams and Chandler Jones. However, they failed to meet some of their greatest needs and that showed up yesterday.

For the past few months, it’s been no secret that the Raiders need a good tackle, but they haven’t added one through free agency or the draft. Then the problem escalated when Brandon Parker was placed on IR and Alex Leatherwood played so badly that he was cut, leaving the team to find a solution on the fly. That meant Jermaine Eluemunor and Thayer Munford split time holding the right edge in Week 1, and they combined to drop three pressures – two hastes and a kill sack – as neither took command. of position.

The secondary was another major offseason concern that wasn’t really addressed, and aside from Nate Hobbs, the unit struggled as a whole. Justin Herbert completed 25 of 32 passes (78.1 completion percentage) and the Raiders defensive backs only managed to get one pass to break up the entire game.

To make matters worse, Anthony Averett and Tre’von Moehrig both left the game with injuries and did not return. According to NFL Insider Ian RapoportAverett has a broken thumb and will likely miss a month, which will test the depth of silver and black going forward, especially if Moehrig is also out for an extended period.

Fortunately, help is on the way as the team signed Nickell Robey-Coleman, according to Aaron Wilson of Professional football network. That should help alleviate the issues at the back of the defence, but the team’s right tackle situation remains a problem.

WINNER: Nate Hobbs

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Nate Hobbs
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Over the past month we have heard about the quality of Hobbs and how his role in defense will be expanded this season. Yesterday we got to see a great example of both.

The second-year corner still took the majority of his snaps in the slot (31 of 66), but he also mixed 21 as a wide corner, 13 in the box and one at the line of scrimmage as an outside backer upright. The results have been all the more impressive as it currently presents itself as Focus on professional football’ fourth highest ranked corner in coverage (86.0) in Week 1.

Hobbs was only targeted twice on Sunday and the only hold he allowed lasted just five yards and he interrupted the other pass, registering the game’s only PBU defense. He also tied for second with two saves in coverage and had just a 56.3 passer rating when thrown.

The 2021 fifth-round pick has also been active against the run, earning an 83.5 defense rating which is third-best at the position heading into Monday Night Football. Along with the two he had in cover, he added three more saves as a run defender and recorded an average tackle depth of -1.3 yards. Both figures currently top the charts among all corners that have recorded a run tackle.

An impressive outing for Hobbs where he seems to live up to the hype.

LOSER: Derek Carr

To say Carr’s outing in the season opener was disappointing would be an understatement. Only two quarterbacks have posted lower pass ratings than him (42.3) – Dak Prescott (36.3), who left the game early with an injury, and Justin Fields (34.6), who was playing in a monsoon .

With good health and dry weather, the Vegas caller struggled to keep the ball away from the other team. He threw three interceptions and fumbled twice — both recovered by the Raiders — to earn five turnover-worthy games (TWPs), the most among quarterbacks in Week 1. And it wasn’t just a volume issue as he had the second-highest TWP rate at 11.4%, 4.3% more than third-placed Matt Ryan.

Carr will be the first to admit it but, to put it simply, he needs to play better if the Raiders are going to fight in the division, especially now that he has one of the best receiving corps in the league.

WINNER: Dylan Parham

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Dylan Parham
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In a bit of a surprise, Parham got his first NFL start in his first NFL game, edging out Lester Cotton Sr. for the honors. But the rookie wasn’t just there to do his cardio, he also played well.

Parham finished just behind Adams as the team’s second highest rated offensive player with an overall rating of 82.3. On 26 pass protection chances, he threw a shutout by not allowing a single push and earned a top-20 pass protection rating at the position at 73.1. He was even better as a run blocker, ranking fourth among guards with an impressive 82.6 rating.

The third-round pick had to split his time with Cotton, but a performance like that could prove to the coaching staff that he’s worthy of taking the full-time job. It was certainly an excellent and encouraging start in the NFL for the Memphis product.

LOSER: Divine Deablo

It was a difficult start to the campaign for Deablo. Improving coverage was one of his main areas of improvement before the campaign, and if yesterday is any indication, it doesn’t look like anything has changed.

Deablo saw seven targets against the Chargers and allowed six catches for 63 yards and gave up two of three touchdowns the Bolts scored. To make matters worse, the only miss was a fall by tight end Tre’ McKitty, so the linebacker should have given up even more yards and allowed for a perfect completion percentage on the afternoon.

A 30.0 coverage rating that was sixth-worst in his position isn’t the start of the second year Deablo was looking for after finishing last season with 50.6 coverage. He still has time to rebound, but the Raiders brought in a handful of linebackers for visits last week, which seemed odd at the time, but we might have found out why. If Virginia Tech’s product can’t put him in place quickly, his role in the defense could be quickly diminished.


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