And just like that, the 2019 season has come to a close for the Raiders.
Following a fun, confusing, wild, and straight up weird, regular season finale at Empower High that the Silver and Black lost 16-15, the Silver and Black finished the regular season with a record of 7-9.
While the sting of not making the playoffs will be present for some time, the fact remains that Head Coach Jon Gruden's team objectively took a step forward in 2019, and that's no small feat considering how the season began.
Before we officially shift our focus to 2020 and beyond, let's – for one, final time – look back at the playtime percentages from the weekend's game, and see what we can learn from the numbers.
|K Miller||T||73 - 100%||4 - 15%|
|D Good||G||73 - 100%||4 - 15%|
|G Jackson||G||73 - 100%||4 - 15%|
|D Sharpe||T||73 - 100%||4 - 15%|
|R Hudson||C||73 - 100%|
|D Carr||QB||73 - 100%|
|D Waller||TE||69 - 95%|
|Z Jones||WR||60 - 82%|
|H Renfrow||WR||56 - 77%||5 - 19%|
|D Washington||RB||54 - 74%|
|M Ateman||WR||52 - 71%||5 - 19%|
|T Williams||WR||21 - 29%|
|J Richard||RB||18 - 25%|
|D Carrier||TE||14 - 19%||22 - 81%|
|A Ingold||FB||7 - 10%||13 - 48%|
|R Gafford||WR||7 - 10%||1 - 4%|
|E Tomlinson||TE||6 - 8%||9 - 33%|
|R Smith||RB||1 - 1%||13 - 48%|
|E Harris||SS||61 - 100%||14 - 52%|
|W Compton||LB||60 - 98%||4 - 15%|
|C Riley||FS||59 - 97%||21 - 78%|
|D Worley||CB||57 - 93%|
|T Mullen||CB||54 - 89%|
|T Whitehead||LB||49 - 80%|
|M Crosby||DE||46 - 75%||10 - 37%|
|J Hankins||DT||41 - 67%||5 - 19%|
|M Hurst||DT||40 - 66%||5 - 19%|
|L Joyner||FS||36 - 59%|
|C Ferrell||DE||34 - 56%||5 - 19%|
|P Hall||DT||28 - 46%|
|D Jordan||DE||26 - 43%||10 - 37%|
|K Wilber||LB||18 - 30%||21 - 78%|
|N Morrow||LB||18 - 30%||18 - 67%|
|J Mauro||DE||15 - 25%||5 - 19%|
|B Mayowa||DE||14 - 23%|
|N Lawson||CB||13 - 21%||17 - 63%|
|D Leavitt||SS||2 - 3%||18 - 67%|
|K Nixon||CB||18 - 67%|
|I Johnson||CB||11 - 41%|
|D Carlson||K||9 - 33%|
|T Sieg||LS||7 - 26%|
|A Cole||P||7 - 26%|
|A James||T||4 - 15%|
|B Parker||T||4 - 15%|
Derek Carr hits the 300-yard mark – For the first time in 2019, Sunday afternoon, the Raiders' signal-caller eclipsed the 300-yard mark passing. Carr went wire to wire – 73 snaps in this case – and completed 29 of his 46 attempts, good for a season-high 391 yards. Following his big day in Denver, Carr also hit the 4,000-yard mark for the season, becoming the first player in franchise history with multiple 4,000-yard outputs under his belt.
Hunter Renfrow finds the end zone – The slippery rookie played 56 offensive snaps (77 percent) against the Broncos, and while he did find the end zone for his third score of the season, there was a definite feeling that he should have had one more. Excluding Renfrow's would-have, could-have, should-have-been score in the second quarter, No. 13 hauled in six catches for 102 yards – his second, 100-yard game in a row.
Darren Waller finishes 2019 on a high note – In many ways, 2019 was the year of Darren Waller, and the athletic tight end made sure to leave one final imprint on the season, putting together one of his best games of the year Sunday against the Broncos. All told, Waller played 69 offensive snaps (95 percent), catching six passes for 107 yards, his fifth 100-yard game of the season.
Erik Harris goes the distance – I'm sure 2019 won't be a season that Erik Harris forgets anytime soon. The former Hamilton Tiger Cat made 14 starts for the Silver and Black, including the regular season finale Sunday afternoon in Denver. Harris played all 61 defensive snaps against the Broncos, totaling four tackles by game's end.
Maxx Crosby fills up the stat sheet…. again – I'm not afraid to say it, at No. 106 overall, Maxx Crosby was the steal of the 2019 NFL Draft. From Week 1 to Week 17, Crosby was a consistent contributor for the Silver and Black, and he really did turn into the team's most-productive defensive linemen. Number 98 played 46 defensive snaps (75 percent) at Empower Field, totaling one-and-a-half sacks, five tackles, one tackle for loss, a quarterback hit, a pass defensed, and a forced fumble. Not a bad day at the office.
Curtis Riley paces the defense – The veteran safety played all but two defensive snaps Sunday against the Broncos, making his third start of the season in the process. Riley finished the regular season finale with a team-high seven tackles, one tackle for loss, and one forced fumble.
Check out photos from the Raiders' Week 17 matchup against the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High.