The Raiders’ lack of consistency on offense، NBC’s Chris Collinsworth and Mike Tirico bemoaned the Raiders’ lack of consistency as an offense in the fourth quarter. They’re not wrong. At times they look like a unit that can put points on you in a hurry, capable of running through a great defense like the one Pittsburgh employee. What I don’t agree with is the mystifying nature of why they are this way.

The Raiders are top-heavy. There’s your answer.

Davante Adams is a special player. He was nothing short of fantastic Sunday night. Adams is always open wherever you want him. He’s the embodiment of quarterback proof because he makes every thing easier on anyone who throws him the ball; a reliable underneath separator and a menacing big-play merchant.

Jakobi Meyers has been a huge win of a free-agency signing. He has long been one of the most underrated wide receivers in the league. He’s an excellent route runner with the juice to get off of man coverage and the savvy to sit down against zone coverage. He’s the consummate, perfect No. 2 receiver across from an elite wideout like Adams.

The problem is, those two are the only ones who are consistently playing great football on offense right now.

Josh Jacobs is a great player but for whatever reason (maybe he’s still rusty after missing training camp) he’s not playing at a great level. Jacobs is getting what’s blocked for him — which isn’t often much, another issue for this squad — but when it comes to adding yards on top of that, it hasn’t been there for Jacobs. And that is usually his calling card, which makes me think he’s not back up to speed yet.

As much as people bring him up, Hunter Renfrow is a replacement-level slot receiver. Maybe he’d be a better fit on another team but he’s just a solid role player. The current tight ends, right now, don’t even miss that mark.

With all that in mind, it’s no wonder they look splashy sometimes and rocky at others.

By the way, that description is basically the story of Jimmy Garoppolo’s career.

He got labeled as a game manager because Kyle Shanahan wanted him to act as a caretaker but anyone who has really watched him play knows that’s nonsense. Sunday night was a perfect encapsulation of that reality. When he’s in rhythm and on time, he can run an offense with some flare and feed Adams and Meyers at all levels. The second chaos is presented, the mistakes creep in and the consistency bleeds out of the unit.

An inconsistent quarterback begets an inconsistent offense. This one makes all the sense in the world.

The Jaguars’ preseason forecasts

There are plenty of candidates for this honor but right now the Jacksonville Jaguars are the most disappointing team in the NFL.

The Texans are dealing with cluster injuries along the offensive line and in the secondary. With that in mind, it’s beyond inexcusable for Jacksonville to not sack CJ Stroud once and for Trevor Lawrence to come out of this game with an 85.3 passer rating. I realize I’m oversimplifying the analysis using those two stats, but the fact that the Jaguars didn’t even pass the entry-level exam is extremely troubling.

When you can’t rush the passer and you can’t protect your own, it’s straightforward. You’re not a good team.

I’m unsure what the Jaguars are right now. The connection between Lawrence and Calvin Ridley looked like it was ready for the big screen early in Week 1. That has dried out to an extreme degree .

It was an underrated and under-discussed storyline in the preseason that Doug Pederson passed off play-calling duties to offensive coordinator Press Taylor. Eagles fans will tell you that Pederson has already made this mistake in his last stop and it looks like he may be on the verge of taking his hands off the wheel in Jacksonville. He gives the Jags the play-calling edge and that should be at the forefront of this operation.

Maybe if we fast-forward a few weeks and we have headlines that celebrate a Jaguars win streak as Pederson takes back play-calling duties. But I no longer expect that nor anticipate the Jaguars as I knew them in the preseason to suddenly return. For now, they are on notice.

The Cardinals’ alleged ‘tank job’

If the Arizona Cardinals are supposed to be tanking, no one told the players and coaching staff. You know, the people are actually responsible for the product on the field.

Everyone will be talking about the Cowboys coming out of this game. They’ll be the focal point. That should not be the case.

The Cowboys lost because they played a team that, despite the on-paper talent advantage, played much better than them. Simple as that.

Arizona doesn’t beat itself. The Cardinals make life difficult for opponents on defense and Josh Dobbs is a more than capable placeholder at quarterback. Everyone on social media is ready to make fun of Jonathan Gannon and turn him into a meme but you cannot watch this Cardinals team and tell me they don’t compete hard like a bunch of guys who have bought in. They have fire in their gut.

No one wants to talk about it but there remains a strong chance Kyler Murray returns to play this season. From a fantasy perspective, that can take an offense that’s been better than expected under Dobbs’ watch and potentially kick it up a notch. Marquise Brown cut up Stephon Gilmore on Sunday. He can reach another level with a healthy Murray.

Kyler is a talented quarterback and I grew weary of him playing in Kliff Kingsbury’s cookie-cutter attack. Dobbs has played so well in this more traditional attack that I’m much more fascinated to see what the Murray/Drew Petzing marriage will look like. For now, let’s show some respect for the Cardinals and drop the use of “the T word” when discussing their season.

Over-diagnosing the Browns’ offense

I’ve been hard on Deshaun Watson’s play and I don’t think there is a single soul out there who could blame me. You have to give him credit here though; It was a layup matchup but he hit all the shots. He enjoyed his best performance as the Browns quarterback. Not close.

On the flip side, the fantasy streets can’t overanalyze the run game in the post-Nick Chubb world because Tennessee is such a funnel defense.

However, all I want to talk about and think about is this Browns defense. What a joy of a unit!

If you have fantasy football players going against Cleveland, lower your expectations. This unit is going to put offenses into the blender on a weekly basis.

No one will mistake the Titans for a powerhouse offense but you rarely see a team with some quality players get stomped out like this. Tennessee had a mere six first downs and 94 total yards of offense. The Titans averaged 2.1 yards per play and went two of 12 on first downs.

Great offenses will struggle against this Cleveland unit, as well. Defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz has these guys playing an aggressive, physical brand of football and they have talent at all three levels. And when they draw a middling to poor offense like they did in Week 3, you don’t want exposure to anyone.

The Jets’ offensive time machine

Every NFL week feels so unique, so unpredictable and shrouded in mystery.

Well, everything except the New York Jets.

The Jets have somehow fallen into a black hole in the universe that has forced them to slip back in time where they must relive the 2022 season. It’s as if the past seven months never happened. The courting of Aaron Rodgers, the hype of training camp and all the magic of the offseason was fake. The Jets are back fielding the same questions about Zach Wilson they spent almost every week answering last season.

How should head coach Robert Saleh feel? He must know that his roster is too good to waste precious time on this exercise again.

Wilson is not the Jets’ only problem. An offensive line that looked like the clear weak point for this roster has been taking on water from before the season began. But Wilson is so far from being a positive. New York’s front office seemingly talked itself into a fantasy where Rodgers would mentor Wilson and have him ready to take the wheel when the veteran was ready to retire.

That was a hideous process to begin with but it’s not in the cards now. Wilson is who he is. And that’s just not good enough for New York. I’m not sure what other path there is for the Jets to go down but anything is better for them than this recurring nightmare.