Wow, I was wrong!
I’ve had some bad takes, but this might have been the worst.
I implied that the Raider might be a playoff team. I apologize for that.
Their 0–24 loss to the struggling New Orleans Saints has opened my eyes.
What I got wrong
I thought that 4 straight games against teams with .500 records or worse would give the Raiders a chance to go on a run. That’s hard to imagine now.
I pointed out that all their losses this season were close. Those close games gave me hope that they could turn it around. But losing by 24 to a 2–5 team made that opinion look silly.
I praised Josh Jacobs for finally bringing balance to the offense. His 3 straight 140+ yard games were impressive. Sadly, his 43-yard game against the Saints seems more like the norm.
I even praised their receiving core as loaded with talent at one point. Well, I was correct, but I failed to realize just how wildly inconsistent that talent could be.
What’s next for the Raiders?
The upcoming schedule is soft. That should allow the Radier to make their record a little less terrible. But this simply isn’t a playoff team, which is stunning.
It’s darn near impossible to imagine Josh McDaniels getting fired after one season. The owner even made a point of saying his job isn’t in jeopardy.
If the team is really sticking with McDaniels, I hope something else changes soon. Watching a playoff team from last season fall this far has been tough.
Las Vegas football fans deserve better. Hopefully, they will get better soon.