The Green Bay Packers will welcome the Oakland Raiders to Lambeau Field for a Week 7 matchup on Sunday afternoon.
To preview Sunday’s matchup, Packers Wire sat down with Marcus Mosher of Raiders to break down Jon Gruden’s team with six questions:
Packers Wire: Rookie RB Josh Jacobs looks like the real deal. How good has he been, and how will the Raiders use him Sunday?
Raiders Wire: Josh Jacobs has been everything Oakland could have ever asked for when they selected him with the No. 24 pick. Not only is he the team’s workload back, but he’s been highly efficient, too. He’s forcing missed tackles and rarely lets the first defender bring him down. Jacobs’ tough attitude also resonates with the team and it’s clear they all feed off him. Jacobs should see 20 or more touches in Week 7 and look for Oakland to use him early and often against Green Bay.
PW: The Raiders have won back-to-back games after starting 1-2. What has changed? How did they beat the Colts and Bears?
RW: The biggest change for this Oakland team is their defense. While it’s not an elite unit, it’s a group that is playing drastically better than what we saw last season. It’s not an overly talented group, but they are playing fast under defensive coordinator Paul Guenther and that is certainly helping.
PW: Derek Carr is completing almost 74 percent of his passes and has a higher passer rating than Aaron Rodgers. What has helped power his start?
RW: Despite a lot of injuries on the offensive line, the Raiders have done a great job of protecting Carr. He’s able to get into his drops and find receivers, despite throwing most of his passes within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage. While he isn’t taking many chances, Carr is doing a fine job of extending jobs and limiting his mistakes.
PW: The Raiders are also hurting at receiver. Who is going to be catching passes from Carr on Sunday?
RW: That is a great question. The plan is to use a ton of two tight-end sets with Darren Waller and Foster Moreau, but look for newly acquired receiver Zay Jones to see some snaps this week, as well. It’s a banged up unit, but expect Oakland to spread the ball around to seven or eight different players this week.
PW: The Raiders have stopped the run this season, but can they rush the passer? Who has impressed on the edges?
RW: Their pass rush is still shaky, at best. It’s a unit that has to use smoke and mirrors to get to the quarterback but they are getting to the quarterback at a better rate than we saw in 2018. Look for 2019 fourth-round pick Maxx Crosby to see a ton of snaps in this game, as well as veteran Benson Mayowa.
PW: How do the Raiders create the upset at Lambeau?
RW: For Oakland to steal this game, they are going to need to create turnovers and create splash plays on offense. Darren Waller might be there only legit weapon on offense, so expect him to see a ton of targets in this one.