The Las Vegas Raiders are set to face the Denver Broncos in one of the most important clashes of Week 16. The winner keeps his playoff hopes alive, while the loser’s chances drop dramatically. Las Vegas could be in trouble, however, as Derek Carr will be without another pass option due to COVID-19.
According to Ian Rapoport, Bryan Edwards has been placed on the Reserve / COVID-19 list. With Darren Waller ruled out with a knee injury, the Raiders’ passing options are dwindling. Derek Carr could be having a rough day as the Broncos have one of the best defenses in the league.
the #Raiders placed WR Bryan Edwards and quarterback Marcus Mariota on the reserve / COVID-19 list, while also activating quarterback Nathan Peterman and WR Dillon Stoner.
– Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 26, 2021
Hunter Renfrow will easily be Carr’s best option on Sunday. He’s been incredibly consistent this year and will likely see a ton of looks against the Broncos. However, the Denver defense will have an easier time defending the pass, as the Raiders won’t have many valuable weapons lined up.
To make matters worse, the Raiders will also be without Marcus Mariota. Despite being the backup quarterback, Las Vegas has called his number often for one-off game calls. With so many receivers missing, Vegas could have used Mariota’s versatility against the Broncos.
It is not an ideal location for Las Vegas. With the closeness to AFC West right now, they’re essentially in an elimination game against the Broncos. If the Raiders hope to advance to the playoffs, they must defeat Denver in Week 16. The offense is likely to build on the running game, but often look for Derek Carr to connect with Hunter Renfrow often.