Last season was a disaster for the Las Vegas Raiders, as their Super Bowl dreams evaporated into a 6-11 finish, which resulted in them missing the playoffs.
With a 1-2 record so far this season, it’s looking like 2023 may not be an improvement by any means over what took place last season.
The Raiders will be heading south to take on the Los Angeles Chargers, their historic AFC West rivals, this Sunday, and they could be without two of their most important players.
Starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and defensive end Maxx Crosby are questionable for Week 4, per ProFootballTalk.
Jimmy Garoppolo, Maxx Crosby questionable for Sunday. https://t.co/4NJeMCLQAC
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) September 29, 2023
The Raiders acquired Garoppolo during the offseason after deciding to part ways with Derek Carr, who had been their starter under center dating back to his rookie season in 2014.
Garoppolo has always been a steady hand, but so far this season he has thrown six interceptions against five touchdown passes while posting a dismal 81.4 passer rating.
Meanwhile, Crosby has made the Pro Bowl in each of the last two seasons, and last year he had 12.5 sacks while leading the NFL with 22 tackles for loss.
Crosby is one of the game’s better pass rushers, and with Chandler Jones already out due to personal reasons, Las Vegas’ defense could be seriously compromised.
Jones had recently gone on a social media tirade against the organization, and on Friday, he was reportedly arrested in Las Vegas.
Jones then proceeded to burn them in his backyard, and then sending her videos during while doing it.
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) September 29, 2023
Pretty soon, the Raiders could start to see their chances of returning to the playoffs slip between their fingers unless they manage to string together some wins.NEXT: Maxx Crosby Gets Honest On Personal Life Struggles