It wasn’t supposed to be like this.
The Las Vegas Raiders sit at 2-7 after dropping an extremely winnable game to the reeling, new-coach-having, shaky offensive line trotting, old quarterback-possessing Indianapolis Colts 25-20. But it’s not just the loss that hurts the most. It’s the fact that the Raiders, realistically, should have won. At least when looking at how their dynamic duo shaped up offensively.
Between Derek Carr and Davante Adams, the offense had a stretch where it looked — serviceable.
Carr threw for 248 yards, two touchdowns, and surprisingly zero interceptions. He dropped back 38 times and looked like the Carr of last season, not forcing passes or running for his life.
It was actually refreshing to see.
And then there was Adams, who came out on Sunday to prove why the Raiders paid a premium to bring him to town.
Following a week where he ridiculed the offensive game plan, claiming he needed more touches, Adams delivered. He caught nine balls for 126 yards and one long touchdown run at the start of the fourth quarter that nearly turned the game on its head.
You just love to see it @tae15adams‼️🥲
📺: CBS pic.twitter.com/WpC5ih7Jtt
— Las Vegas Raiders (@Raiders) November 13, 2022
Adams asserted himself in the offense. And Carr wasn’t afraid to get him the ball. What was also surprising was the fact that the offense was scoring points after the halftime break. Second-half scores have been hard to come by for Las Vegas all season.
Adams’ score is still so unbelievable. Again, see for yourself:
Davante Adams scored on this play … pic.twitter.com/K9Nnzq2bXY
— PFF Fantasy Football (@PFF_Fantasy) November 13, 2022
Partially to thank are Adams and Carr. They played well enough to win. Still, Las Vegas had the ball and a chance to win the game late. But, despite the promise and tease of what this offense could look like, Carr and Adams couldn’t connect one more time to put the Raiders over the top.
With the future so uncertain, no one on the Raiders should have job security in the coming day to weeks to months.
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