March 7, 2021

Kurtenbach: The Raiders aren’t going anywhere with this horrendous defense

Jon Gruden’s Raiders offense is the franchise’s best in nearly 20 years.

Quarterback Derek Carr is having a career renaissance.

Running back Josh Jacobs – even in his banged-up state – is a game-changer.

Tight end Darren Waller is putting up absolutely crazy numbers, and Nelson Agaholor and Henry Ruggs might be the most underrated wide receiver combination in the NFL.

All this behind an offensive line that – at times – has been elite.

You would think, in an NFL where offense is king, all that would be enough.

But it’s not.

It’s not even close.

Las Vegas Raiders cornerback Trayvon Mullen # 27 breaks up a pass to Indianapolis Colts wide receiver TY Hilton # 13 during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo / Jeff Bottari)