The Raiders will face a back up quarterback quarterback for the second straight week, as the Giants have elected to bench Eli Manning in favor of Geno Smith.
Last week the Broncos gave Paxton Lynch his first start of the season against the Raiders defense. Lynch passed for just 41 yards in three quarters and the Broncos picked up three first downs in that stretch.
The Raiders defense looked dominant - until Trevor Siemian entered and threw for two touchdowns to bring the Broncos within seven. With Smith starting for New York, the Raiders defense could look dominant again.
Smith has completed just 58 percent of his passes in his career. The Raiders are surrendering the highest completion percentage in the NFL at 71 percent.
Smith has thrown an interceptions on 4.1 percent of his career passes. The Raiders have intercepted 0.3 percent of opponent passes this season.
Smith has been sacked on 8.1 percent of his dropbacks. The Raiders have produced a sack just 5 percent of the time.
The sacks may be the most important stat for the Raiders defense. Oakland’s 19 sacks rank 28th in the NFL, but last week the Raiders racked up five sacks. Two from Denico Autry, two from Bruce Irvin and one from Khalil Mack.
The Raiders lined Mack up in an interior spot in some third downs, creating confusion for the Broncos offensive line. That strategy allowed Autry to get a free shot at Paxton Lynch for one of his sacks.
If the Raiders can continue to create pressure, then the defense might be able to make enough plays to get off the field and give the ball back to the offense.
Tyler Bischoff hosts Coaches Corner on AM 720 KDWN Monday through Friday at 6:00 pm.