In their Week 9 game against the division rival Broncos, the Oakland Raiders used 12 personnel (1 RB, 2 TE) with a tackle eligible as the 2nd TE to create a mismatch along the line of scrimmage. By pulling the right tackle to the left side where the tackle-eligible was aligned, Oakland had three blockers who averaged 6-5, 330 pounds in front of the RB, allowing them to blow up the right side of the Broncos defense and run a tremendously successful power play off tackle.
It’s a great design, and the size, strength, and athleticism of their linemen made the play possible to the point that they ran it with an undrafted rookie free agent RB in the backfield (on this particular play). They ran this set all night, which set up play action passes for QB Derek Carr that were devastating.
I expect we’ll see a lot more of this on Monday night against Houston, and for the rest of the season moving forward, until someone stops it. But I’m not sure there’s a team in the NFL with the personnel to do that. I’m beginning to think the Raiders could be headed to the AFC Championship Game.Add to My RFN