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Oakland Raiders

Overall Rating: 77

Team Strategy

 

After slumping with a 6-10 record last season, the Raiders brought Jon Gruden out of retirement to right the ship. The team has some new personnel and looks to capitalize on Gruden's QB knowledge and old-school grit.

Go-to Plays

Shotgun 5 WR Trio – Four Vericals

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The slot cross is one of the best double moves in the game and absolutely torches man-to-man coverage. If you face zone, look to the verticals downfield and find the open thread.

Shotgun 5 WR Trio – QB Draw

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With no HB in the backfield, your opponent will key in on the pass. Mix in this run to keep them from pass committing every down.

Shotgun 5 WR Trio – WR Screens

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Nothing keeps the defense honest like a few screens. Aggressive blitzing defenses struggle mightily against them.

Scouting Report

Offensive Scouting Report

Let's start with the top trio at WR, Jordy Nelson, Amari Cooper, and Martavis Bryant. Jordy is sure-handed with a 96 Catch and better in the clutch with a 93 Spectacular Catch and 91 Catch in Traffic. Cooper features more dynamic stick moves, while Bryant is the fastest with a 93 Speed and size to boot. It might not look it with OVRs, but this could be the most balanced WR trio in Madden 19.

Name-wise, there's some depth at HB, but you should just run with Marshawn Lynch. You won't find finesse here, just pound the rock with his 93 Truck and 91 Stiff Arm. He doesn't have the straight-line burst anymore, but with quality stick skills, he remains the Raiders' best ground option.

Carr has some Speed to get out of trouble, but it's best not to rely on that. He won't earn you any second chances either with a low Break Sack rating. But he's got an arm. Spread the ball around and get rid of it quick to keep the chains moving. His 88 Short Accuracy is pretty good. Take advantage of that. 

Defensive Scouting Report

At the time of this writing, Khalil Mack is still a Raider. At a 98 OVR, Mack is a defensive powerhouse. Everything in his ratings points to a constant attack. If you're not sending him after the QB, you're playing Madden wrong. 

The secondary is a step up from last season. Between CB Rasheen Melvin, SS Karl Joseph, and FS Marcus Gilchrist, you should be able to slow down the pass. Joseph's 88 Hit Power should make good use of the Hit Stick. 

Tahir Whitehead might not be a household name, but he can be on this defense. Sending him on the attack behind the pressure from Mack can lead to some quick three-and-outs. 

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