The Las Vegas Raiders were beaten by a Jeff Saturday-led Indianapolis Colts team on Sunday, and after the loss, where does that leave the Silver and Black?
After the win against the Houston Texans back in Week 7, many felt the Las Vegas Raiders finally had their season pointed in the right direction. The win against Houston was a convincing win, and with beatable teams on the horizon, a playoff run was certainly in the cards.
However, that was not the case, and after back-to-back losses against New Orleans and Jacksonville, the Raiders headed home to play an Indianapolis Colts team that was reeling as well. This three-game stretch was supposed to be a time the team ‘ got right,’ but after three straight losses, the Raiders have cemented themselves as one of the worst teams in the NFL.
Las Vegas had a perfect preseason, winning all their games, and showing that they were ready to take a step forward after making the playoffs last season. Instead, Las Vegas has struggled throughout the regular season, and after this last loss, where does the team go from here?
Raiders made a big mistake in Josh McDaniels
On Sunday, head coach Josh McDaniels was outcoached by Jeff Saturday, a man who had never coached at the collegiate, or NFL level. That is a real stain on this hire, as McDaniels came in expected to take this team to the next level, but instead has had some of the worst losses in team history.
While we are only nine games into his tenure, it is clear his hire was a mistake, and the word is still out on general manager David Ziegler, who came with McDaniels from New England. Bill Belichick’s assistants rarely succeed as NFL head coaches, and though the sample size is small, McDaniels looks to be following the same blueprint.
The Raiders will host the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday in Las Vegas. Before kickoff, let's take a look at 3 bold predictions.
There are still eight games left in this season, and with the playoffs out of the picture, the spotlight is squarely on McDaniels. Las Vegas has been the most disappointing team in the NFL this season, and you can expect big changes once again this upcoming offseason.