The Raiders are off to a strong start in their first game of the season, but they may have just lost one of their key players. Las Vegas is already on edge with the team’s success and this news will only add more pressure.

The waller raiders is a term that refers to the Raiders’ Darren Waller. He has been vital for the team’s success in the early weeks of the season and he will be crucial as they face tougher opponents like the Steelers and Chiefs.

The Las Vegas Raiders kicked up Allegiant Stadium with a bang, defeating the Baltimore Ravens 33-27 in overtime. Jon Gruden and his team are off to a fantastic start in 2021, but the going gets harder from here. This week, the Silver and Black go east to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the home of the Black and Yellow. In a key AFC game, the Raiders will face the Pittsburgh Steelers, but they’ll have to do it without one of their most deadly offensive weapons.

Josh Jacobs will miss the Raiders’ Week 2 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers due to an injury. 

Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs (No. 28), tight end Darren Waller (No. 83), and teammates walk off the field after Jacobs scored a 15-yard touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens during their game at Allegiant Stadium on September 13, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Raiders defeated the Ravens 33-27 in overtime.

Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs (No. 28), tight end Darren Waller (No. 83), and teammates walk off the field after Jacobs scored a 15-yard touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens during their game at Allegiant Stadium on September 13, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Raiders defeated the Ravens 33-27 in overtime. Josh Jacobs (No. 28) of the Las Vegas Raiders, tight end Darren Waller (No. 83), and teammates | Ethan Miller/Getty Images photo .

Josh Jacobs, the third-year running back out of Alabama for the Las Vegas Raiders, was instrumental in the team’s win on Monday night.  

On ten carries, the Oklahoma native gained 34 yards and had one grab for six yards. Those simple statistics, however, do not convey the whole picture. Jacobs scored on a two-yard touchdown run in the second quarter and opened the fourth quarter with a 15-yard scramble.

Despite the fact that Jacobs was dealing with toe and ankle ailments that kept him out of Week 2, the advanced metrics indicate how effectively he performed. Jacobs finished the Ravens game with a 75.0 Rushing Grade, which ranks him sixth among running backs with 10+ carries, according to PFF. He also had 0.44 missed tackles per attempt, which tied him for fourth among RBs with at least five carries in Week 1.

Jacobs was an important component of the Raiders’ offensive assault even though he was hampered. Several players will have to come up to fill his shoes. This includes both his immediate backup and a Raiders tandem who may not be able to accomplish much more than they did on Monday.

In Jacob’s absence, Kenyan Drake will have to step up.

RB #Raiders Josh Jacobs, who hasn’t practiced this week due to toe and ankle ailments, has been declared out of Sunday’s game against the #Steelers. The next guy up is Kenyan Drake.

September 17, 2021 — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet)

Kenyan Drake, an offseason free agency acquisition, is the next guy up on the Raiders depth chart. The running back, who is also from Alabama, has six years of experience with the Miami Dolphins and Arizona Cardinals.

Drake inked a two-year, $11 million contract with Las Vegas this summer to serve as the team’s main backup, third-down and receiving back.

Drake spelled Jacobs well and put up good numbers in the opener versus Baltimore. He completed the game with five catches for 59 yards on five targets. However, he struggled on the ground, earning just 11 yards on six attempts.

Peyton Barber will take over as the backup and presumably primary short-yardage runner. During training camp, the Washington Football Team cut the running back, and the Raiders picked him up. In Week 1, he did not appear in a Monday Night Football game.

It may be difficult sledding this weekend, no matter how the Raiders divide up the RB duty. The Steeler defense is strong, allowing just 371 total yards to the high-powered Buffalo Bills in Week 1.

The Raiders’ patched-together offensive line will also have to be ready to play. Denzelle Good, the team’s starting guard, went down with a knee injury last game, while Richie Incognito, the other starting guard, is still out with a calf ailment.   

Because of Jacobs’ absence and offensive line problems, the Raiders’ offense’s greatest threat, Derek Carr to Darren Waller, will be placed under even greater strain.

On Monday, the Raider quarterback was 34-of-56 for 435 yards, with 19 targets, 10 receptions, and 105 yards going to his tight end, Waller. No other Raiders pass-catcher came close to putting in the same amount of effort. Hunter Renfrow had nine targets after Waller, while Drake, Bryan Edwards, and Henry Ruggs III tied for fifth with five apiece.

The Carr-Waller connection was not just the most popular in the game. It was the league’s most active quarterback-receiver combination. With 17 targets, only the Dallas Cowboys’ Dak Prescott-Amari Cooper combination came close.

Carr and Waller will need to have another huge game together in order to defeat Pittsburgh. Drake and the dynamic, young Las Vegas WR trio, though, will have to step up without Jacobs.  

It will be a difficult matchup, but one that the Raiders can win if they are really the playoff club that many of their supporters believe they are this season.

Pro Football Reference provided all stats.

Derek Carr has made a dramatic threat to retire from football if the Las Vegas Raiders trade him.

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