Raiders' Jimmy Garoppolo loses job to Aidan O'Connell
What it means:
Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has been replaced by Aidan O'Connell as the starter, interim head coach Antonio Pierce confirmed Wednesday. Pierce decided to make a switch at quarterback after the Raiders got rid of head coach Josh McDaniels, general manager Dave Ziegler, and offensive coordinator Mick Lombardi on Tuesday night. Garoppolo completed just 10 of 21 pass attempts for 126 scoreless yards in a 26-14 loss to the Detroit Lions in primetime on Monday night. He also threw his league-leading ninth interception. O'Connell's second career start will be against the New York Giants on Sunday. Among the 38 quarterbacks with at least 50 dropbacks this season, Garoppolo is 22nd and O'Connell is 27th in Passing Net Expected Points per attempt. The Giants' pass defense ranks 15th in numberFire’s opponent-adjusted NEP model and they allow the eighth-fewest FanDuel points per game to quarterbacks this season. O'Connell is the QB24 in numberFire's Week 9 rankings and our models project him for 12.7 FanDuel points versus the Giants.