Las Vegas Raiders’ head coach Josh McDaniels has made plenty of peculiar decisions this season.
In the first half today, he did the once again. Instead of trusting his elite kicker, McDaniels opted to punt the ball to the Broncos in the first quarter of their Week 11 matchup.
Accordingly, it was an early stop for the Broncos’ defense. It gave them some momentum, and they scored on the following drive.
It was Denver’s first touchdown on an opening drive all season so far.
Fantastic decision by Josh McDaniels to play the field position game with his stout #Raiders D instead of trusting his star kicker to try a 56-yd FG in high altitude— Josh Dubow (@JoshDubowAP) November 20, 2022
Keep in mind that Daniel Carlson is the second-best kicker in the entire NFL. He’s probably only behind Justin Tucker, and he has been a model of consistency for the Raiders.
McDaniels chose to give the ball to Denver, and it backfired early on for the Raiders.
Small choices like these have killed Las Vegas all season.
The Raiders need points whenever they have a solid chance at them because of their defensive struggles. Also, consider the offensive struggles for the Broncos this season.
Those three points could be really important for the Raiders by the end of the game. We’ll never know if they would have gotten them.