The Raiders were sort of a laughing stock this last off-season, with weekly Antonio Brown drama compiled with legal issues with the city of Oakland over their current home stadium Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. The 2019 season was viewed with not a ton of expectations over just getting out of Oakland in one piece and to the bright shining lights of Las Vegas. The Raiders would then quickly and wisely rid themselves of the curse of Antonio Brown after weeks of humiliation and disappointment. The Raiders now turned to a 2019 schedule, second year under head coach Jon Gruden with no Amari Cooper, Kahlil Mack, Antonio Brown and seemingly "nameless" roster made up of up and comers and rookies. These Rookies came by way of Draft capital Gruden acquired in trades for Cooper and Mack, providing the Raiders with players such as running back Josh Jacobs from Alabama who currently has over 900 yards rushing and 7 touchdowns this season.
The Raiders now are some how 6-4 in the first 10 weeks of the season and much credit has to go to Jon Gruden who has made great use of players such as Tyrell Willams, Hunter Renfrow, and Darren Waller who all came from other teams where they weren't nearly used in the same extent. Williams has 5 receiving touchdowns on the season and 462 yards while logging on average over 15 yards per catch. The leading receiver is actually a tight end by the name of Darren Waller who two years ago came from the Baltimore Ravens and this season is truly having a year to remember hauling in over 660 yards through the air and 3 touchdowns on 56 catches. Combing all this with rookie running back sensation Josh Jacobs has really spelled a decent run for the Raiders who also had to be on the road for 5 weeks with four road match-ups and a trip to London as their "home game" in the middle.
This team is tough as nails, look I'm not saying their a group of world beaters but they are very well coached and have a certain way they can beat you with the heavy run plus short tough passing game Carr to Waller. With the shift in the weather come late season this is the exact play type that wins games. I wouldn't count on a playoff run just yet, their is still games to play however 4/6 of those teams currently have losing records and if they can win the next two over the Jets and Chiefs they'll really have people talking and could possibly find themselves as a wild card team come January. Either way much credit has to go to Jon Gruden and GM Mike Mayock who both through the draft and free agency and through a lot of mess found a way to make a winning team for their final season in the Oakland Bay. A lot of hope comes for their future seasons in the Las Vegas desert.