What kind of team will the Las Vegas Raiders be in the red zone?

NFL offenses must be efficient in the red zone for teams to be successful. Once you are inside the 20 meter line, you must hit it.

In 2023, the Las Vegas Raiders were not a very efficient scoring team in the red zone. They scored touchdowns on 48.9 percent of their drives, ranking 24th in the NFL.

The Raiders made changes on the offensive side of the ball ahead of the 2024 season, including hiring offensive coordinator Luke Getsy to handle the play calling.

Getsy’s Chicago Bears ranked 15th in the league in red zone efficiency in 2023, scoring touchdowns 57 percent of the time, and 13th in 2022, scoring 56 percent of the time. If Getsy can boost the Raiders’ offense to around these numbers, it would be a marked improvement.

One of the biggest reasons Getsy’s Bears were so efficient in the red zone was because Chicago had one of the best rushing offenses in the NFL. The Raiders were, to put it plainly, one of the worst.

If the Raiders can find a middle ground between first or second in the league in rushing offense and 30th, they will score a lot more points. They have the personnel to be an effective team in the red zone, both on the ground and in the air.

The Raiders’ improvement in red zone efficiency will likely be due to the quarterback. If Aidan O’Connell or Gardner Minshew II hit their passes between the 20-yard line and the end zone, the Raiders’ pass catchers can do the rest.

Expanding on that point, the Raiders have an intriguing tight end duo in Michael Mayer and rookie Brock Bowers. Mayer has shown he can get the ball in the end zone, as evidenced by his incredible touchdown against the New York Jets last season. In Georgia, 18 of Bowers‘ 31 touchdowns came in the red zone.

Not to mention the fact that the Raiders have two talented receivers in Davante Adams and Jakobi Meyers who are capable of catching touchdowns in the red zone. Even though Adams is only 6-foot-4, he also has the ability to go up and get it. Meyers is a smart route runner and is as confident as can be.

The Raiders have the tools to run an efficient red zone offense. Now they have a play-caller who has success setting up touchdowns in close range, so it’s up to O’Connell or Minshew to use their numerous weapons consistently and efficiently.

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