The Las Vegas Raiders suffered two heartbreaking losses in November, but don’t let the team’s struggles shadow Derek Carr’s excellence through the month.
Disappointing, heartbreaking, and.. winning streak? These are the words best used to describe the Las Vegas Raiders throughout November.
Las Vegas finished the month Thanksgiving falls on with a record of 2-2, taking Raider Nation on the type of emotional rollercoaster ride the fanbase has become accustomed to. This time, though, the Silver and Black truly outdid themselves.
The month started out with back-to-back gut punches that were enough to make the toughest of fans find themselves with watery eyes.
First, the Raiders went to Jacksonville to square off against Trevor Lawrence and the Jaguars. With fire in their eyes, Las Vegas came out and took a 17-0 lead early. Then, things went south; way south. For the third team in one season, Josh McDaniels and the Las Vegas Raiders lost a game after holding a 17-point lead; no team in league history has lost more games than the 2022 Raiders when up by 17 at any point.
Afterward, it was time to face the Indianapolis Colts.
This wasn’t your typical Colts team. In preparation for the game against Las Vegas, Indianapolis hired Jeff Saturday to serve as the team’s head coach, who had never coached any level of football beyond high school. Even as a high school coach, Saturday had a losing record, and has lost each of the two additional NFL contests he’s coached since the game against the Raiders.
Saturday does have a win in the pros, though, after putting away the Silver and Black in a Week 10 duel.
It was an emotional two weeks for both Raider Nation and the rostered players, but team owner Mark Davis was able to reset the morale in the locker room by doubling down on his belief in first-year Raiders’ head coach Josh McDaniels. Suddenly, the players bought what McDaniels was selling.
Since that moment, Las Vegas has gone 2-0, winning back-to-back contests for the first time this season.
This past month was full of chaos and mayhem, but it hasn’t fazed the team’s signal caller on the field. Through it all, Derek Carr has played fantastic football on a game-to-game basis.