The Las Vegas Raiders square off against the Colts at Allegiant.
Halfway through November, the Las Vegas Raiders find themselves in desperate need of a win in order to continue their season. Luckily for them, the Indianapolis Colts are galloping into town with a head coach who’s yet to coach at a college or professional level, and an offensive coordinator who’s never called a single play in the NFL.
There’s no real way Josh McDaniels and his team can mess this one up, right?
Las Vegas started the contest with back-to-back-to-back three and outs. Quarterback Derek Carr began his day missing all five of his first few passes, and the Raiders found themselves down 7-0 after one quarter.
For Carr, the first half was a tale of two quarters. Despite an 0-5 start through the air, the veteran quarterback rebounded with a perfect 11-for-11 performance and a touchdown before heading into halftime.
By now, it was a 13-7 Indianapolis lead.
Running backs Jonathan Taylor and Josh Jacobs exchanged scores in the third, and Carr found Davante Adams downfield for a 48-yard touchdown to give the Raiders the lead early in the fourth quarter.
As it turns out, there truly was no way McDaniels and his team could throw this golden opportunity to the wind. Or, so it seemed.
With five minutes left in the final quarter of play, Matt Ryan hit Campbell 35 yards out for six. Trying to extend the lead to seven, Saturday told the offense to stay on the field for an extra two points. Unfortunately, it didn’t work. 25-20, Colts.
Time for one final drive by the Silver and Black.
All chips on the table for the Las Vegas Raiders
After getting the ball down to Indy’s 16-yard line, Carr found Foster Moreau in the end zone and was able to hit his tight end’s hands. Colts’ linebacker Bobby Okereke had other plans though, as he smacked the ball out of Moreau’s hands, forcing a fourth down.
One more chance for the Raiders.
Adams and Gilmore were lined up to the left of Carr, ready to have an All-Pro vs. All-Pro matchup. Carr snapped the ball, saw the one-on-one coverage out left, and tossed the ball to his man.
Gilmore would be the victor of this All-Pro faceoff and swat the ball away for a Colts’ victory.
The Silver and Black would suffer a 25-20 loss to the team coached by Jeff Saturday, who had never coached at any level above high school. For the season, that’s all she wrote.
Get your mock drafts ready, Raider Nation.