The Oakland Raiders (3-4) have been far from perfect on the defensive side of the ball.
As the season goes on, the Raiders have proven that they can be a better team in both pass and rush-defense. The Raiders held the Kansas City Chiefs to under 300 yards last week, and gave up one touchdown in the final minutes of play. Understand that the Chiefs are one of the worst teams (if not, the worst team) in the league, but the Raiders are doing their job to not allow the game out of their control.
The Raiders gave up only 209 total yards and two touchdowns against another bad team, the Jacksonville Jaguars. So the defense is showing promise. They have improved to the 11th best total defense in the whole league, but they still give up an average of 26.7 points per game, which is far from acceptable.
With a two-game winning streak, only allowing three total touchdowns, is the defense now the real deal?
They have yet to prove anything.
They beat two of the worst teams in the NFL, that’s it. The true test will be this week, playing against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who have the same record as the Raiders. The Buccaneers have not lost a game by more than a touchdown.
The Raider defense will have a lot to prove against this average offense, with the return of corner back Ron Bartell in practice, that may help out Pat Lee and the other corners. Also, with the successful position change of Michael Huff from safety to corner back, the Raiders are going into Sunday’s game with high hopes.