The Las Vegas Raiders got out to a strong start against Jacksonville on Sunday, only to falter down the stretch once more.
At the beginning of the Las Vegas Raiders Week 9 matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars, everything appeared to be okay. The offense was moving the ball with ease, and it looked like Derek Carr and company had put their terrible outing the week before behind them.
However, in true 2022 Raiders fashion, the team could not hold a 17-0 lead and would score only three points the rest of the way. The outcome was a 27-20 loss to the lowly Jaguars, and with it, the Silver and Black fell to 2-6 on the season.
Raiders at Jaguars 2022 Week 9: Things we learned
The defense needs a lot of help
The Raiders defense has long been an issue, and in 2022, they are playing some of the worst football we have seen in recent memory. Patrick Graham’s scheme is just not working, and on Sunday, we saw Trevor Lawrence and Travis Etienne, two second-year players, do the Raiders in.
Las Vegas added Sidney Jones to the cornerback room on Sunday, so that should help, but the problems are abundant. Chandler Jones has been non-existent, the linebacker group has played poorly, and we are still waiting to see Trevon Moehrig return to his form from his rookie season.
Josh McDaniels is going to struggle all season long
One thing is very clear this season, and that is first-year head coach Josh McDaniels is way over his head. He has struggled with the game plan all season long, and is seeing his team blow incredible leads on nearly a weekly basis, and the way it looks, he could be one-and-done with the Raiders.
Hopefully, he can turn things around, as he struggled toward the end of his tenure in Denver, and now appears to be continuing that trend with the Silver and Black. This season is going to be a struggle for him the rest of the way, and that could lead to a change at the helm sooner than later.
The season is over
Unfortunately for Raiders fans, this season is over, and the team is dangerously close to holding the No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. They have played heartless, flat, and at times, seem uninterested in winning, something they did not show under interim head coach Rich Bisaccia last year.