While it’s hard to play defense when the offense does not move the ball this is not enough to excuse the poor effort from this group.
The Raiders have been far from an offensive juggernaut this season and just fired their head coach and offensive coordinator in addition to benching their starting quarterback. Despite this, if there was no prior context, one would have thought the Raiders were among the best offenses in football from their performance against the Giants.
Forcing zero turnovers against a rookie quarterback is disappointing to begin with. The Giants not only failed to cause turnovers but also failed to create any big defensive plays in general. New York recorded zero sacks and only hit Aidan O’Connell once on the day.
Big Blue’s defense made O’Connell look like a seasoned veteran finishing with 209 passing yards and a 90.2 passer rating.
Things were at least a little better in terms of defending the run as the Raiders rushed for 125 yards on a mere 3.7 yards per carry. The lack of efficiency, however, was more due to the negative game script rather than a stout performance from the Giants’ defense. Josh Jacobs still finished the day with 98 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
If one player on the defense deserves a shoutout it is Micah McFadden. He has been solid at linebacker all season and made some solid reads on Sunday finishing with six tackles two of them being for a loss.