WARNING: This is a Raiders column. If you don’t want to read a Raiders column, stop now.
The Raiders are a promising team with a promising head coach and a promising young quarterback. But they will lose to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, and here are the reasons why.
Reason 1. Ken Norton Jr. will get outcoached again.
The Raiders have a terrible defense. It ranks 29th in the NFL. Why is the defense so terrible? Mostly because the defensive coordinator, Norton, lets the opponent dictate matchups they want to exploit every week.
I’ll give you an example. On Monday, the Raiders played the Houston Texans, who had just one good player on offense — wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. That’s the guy the Raiders had to stop. Norton needed to adjust his scheme to take Hopkins out of the game. He didn’t know how.
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