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Davante Adams vents his frustrations after the Raiders cut a 17-point lead again

Davante Adams vents his frustrations after the Raiders cut a 17-point lead again

JACKSONVILLE — Shock in the Las Vegas Raiders the locker room was palpable after their latest record defeat, 27-20the code Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

And while the defensive end Max Crosby had “no idea” if there is any silver in defeat, slot receiver Hunter Renfrow he said the goal is to “not walk around like it’s a funeral” and stay positive. Quarterback Derek Carr he preferred to keep his most private thoughts to himself while receiving him Davante Adams spoke freely.

“There’s no reason why we should lose games like this and it’s frustrating,” Adams said at his locker after an extended conversation with Carr. “If we were playing a s—ty team, then that’s one thing. But that’s not what it is.”

What was, however, was that Las Vegas lost its third game of the season after being outscored by at least 17 points — 20-0 against Arizona17-0 at Kansas City and 17-0 in Jacksonville — to fall to 2-6 under new coach Josh McDaniels. This after a 10-7 and playoff team last year under interim coach Rich Bisaccio, who took over in Week 6 after Jon Gruden resigned.

The Raiders’ three losses after leading by at least 17 points this season are tied for the most such losses by any team in NFL history, which has only been done twice: until 2020. Los Angeles Chargers and in 2003 Atlanta Falcons, according to ESPN Stats & Information. The Raiders had never had two such losses before this season.

Over the last two weeks, the Raiders have been shut out by New Orleans Saints and then blew a 17-point lead, marking the eighth time in league history that a team has been asked and given such a lead consecutively, regardless of order — the first time that has happened since Cleveland Browns he did it in 2009. The Raiders, who also accomplished the embarrassing mark in 1997, are the only team to do it more than once.

Entering this season, the Raiders had won 52 of their last 54 games, dating back to 2000, when they led by at least 17 points.

Perhaps most galling about the Raiders in general, and Adams in particular, is how quickly they started throwing the ball to Adams. In building a 17-0 lead, Adams had nine catches on nine targets for a career-high 146 yards and two touchdowns. It was the first time in his nine-year career that Adams had at least 100 receiving yards and multiple TDs in a half.

The rest of the game, however, Adams had one catch, no yards, on eight targets.

“The way we attacked in the first half worked, to an extent,” Adams said. “I feel like we got out of that and started playing the game a little bit differently, and that’s not the way we need to do it.”

Still, Adams would also say he’s not concerned with his coaches or McDaniels’ plan.

“But at the end of the day, if I’m making a play in those situations, or if the pass play is something that helps us move the ball and win games, then obviously that’s the idea,” Adams said. “You want to stick with what works.”

Even, as Adams said, the Raiders want to have a balanced offense, with one of the best running backs in the league Josh Jacobs.

“So I understand that part,” he said, “but I also understand the if it ain’t broke don’t fix it part. I kind of think… so at the end of the day, it shouldn’t be any spicier than it should be, but I think you all feel me for that.

“We did a decent enough job of still putting ourselves in a decent position in the second half, and then we basically fell apart. I don’t even know how else to describe it. But it’s frustrating. It’s not. There’s no way we’re losing games at this rate. we are, let alone the way we are, and over the middle at the end of the game, I have to play on that ball.”

Carr, meanwhile, was relatively tight-lipped when asked about the Raiders blowing their third-straight 17-plus point lead.

“There’s a lot I want to say, you know, but to be honest, I don’t need to say it here,” he said. “There are things that will be said [internally] … things inside the house that we’ll talk about man to man and all those things that could be worked out.”

McDaniels, who is 7-23 as a head coach after a 6-0 start with the Denver Broncos in 2009, he said most of Adams’ success in the first half came against single coverage.

And a week after apologizing for the score in the 24-0 loss in New Orleans, he said the latest collapse was the result of a poor 60-minute performance. The Raiders also spent the week practicing at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.

“I don’t feel like our team relaxes when we have a situation like that, but obviously it might be the wrong thing to do, you know what I mean?” McDaniels said. “And so, we played, as I said, some parts of football that are good. Good enough to progress and lead, but that’s not what this league is about.”



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