Raiders-Jaguars Week 9: 5 things we learned from another failed loss

The Las Vegas Raiders were supposed to regroup in Sarasota, Fla. last week after a terrible loss to the New Orleans Saints and an incredibly disappointing start to the season.

Yet they will leave a disastrous two-game Southeast streak in even worse shape after losing another huge lead, losing 27-20 to the Jacksonville Jaguars, who had lost their previous five games:

Let’s look at five key aspects of that loss, which dropped Las Vegas to 2-6, essentially ending any realistic hopes of a playoff comeback.

Blown wires:

The Raiders are blowing games at a historic level. They are the third team to lose three 17-point leads in a season. They’ve only done it eight times in team history and three of them have happened in the first eight games of the season. They lost a 20-0 lead to Arizona and a 17-0 lead to Kansas City earlier this season.

On Sunday, the Raiders led 17-0. But the Jaguars, now 3-6, scored the game’s final 20 points. Las Vegas led 20-10 at halftime. Las Vegas freshman coach Josh McDaniels said after the game that the Raiders needed to learn how to play four full quarterbacks. Thanks, coach. Look, they’re a veteran team that won 10 games last season. These issues run much deeper than just learning to play a full game.

The offense weakens:

The Las Vegas offense clicked in the first half. He collapsed in the second half. According to the Associated Press, the Raiders averaged 7.84 yards per play in the first half and just 2.8 yards per play in the second half.

Quarterback Derek Carr was very cold in the second half. After hitting nine strikes in the first half, star receiver Davante Adams only had one strike after halftime.

After the game, Adams wondered why the Raiders walked away from the pass in the second half.

But the Raiders had their chances in the second half. They had two chances to take the lead or tie the game in the final four minutes and couldn’t muster anything.

Of course, the Las Vegas defense didn’t help either as Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence and running back Travis Etienne took over. Again, the Raiders had no bags. They have a league-low nine sacks.

Heat on Josh McDaniels:

Last week, after an embarrassing 24-0 loss to the porous and injured Saints, Las Vegas owner Mark Davis backed McDaniels and said he would coach the team for years to come. During the week, freshman general manager Dave Ziegler — who went to college with McDaniels and was with him in Denver and New England — praised him for his leadership.

But after another crushing loss, the problems continue to point to McDaniels. It starts with him. Davis hired him to build on a 10-win team that made it to the playoffs last year. The Raiders had big aspirations this year and they are now looking at a lost season. It’s on McDaniels. He has lost 23 of his last 30 games as NFL head coach. He is only 13-23 years old overall. McDaniels still has a chance to be a good head coach. but at this point, it seems the decision to hire him was questionable, to say the least.

Injured Deablo:

Productive Raiders linebacker Divine Deablo was injured in the second defensive snap of the game in Las Vegas. He was taken to the locker room and he was quickly ruled out with a forearm injury. We will see if it is a long-term injury, but when players are quickly dismissed, it is often not a good sign. Denzel Perryman and Blake Martinez played the main snaps at linebacker for the rest of the game with undrafted rookies Luke Masterson and Darien Butler backing them up. Interestingly, veteran Jayon Brown was a healthy scratch. He will see if the Raiders decide to address the position in the future. if Deablo misses an extended time, it would hurt Las Vegas. He entered the game with 73 tackles, sixth in the NFL. He’s had 35 tackles in his last three games combined,

Magic of the fourth try until it is no longer the case:

The Raiders’ offense kicked off on their second practice (they went three and went out on their first practice) when Carr hit Adams on back-to-back plays after being in a third-and-20 situation. converted to fourth and fourth. The Raiders have been excellent in fourth place this season on offense. According to the Associated Press, they’ve converted nine of the first 12 on fourth down and scored five touchdowns on those drives. But Las Vegas missed its last two games on fourth down, when the game counted and that’s the story of this troubling season.

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