Week 12 Recap: Raiders at Falcons

Michael K Howard
Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) fumbles the ball during the second half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, in Atlanta. The Atlanta Falcons won 43-6. (AP Photo/Danny Karnik)

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The Las Vegas Raiders are at a critical impasse. Between players, coaches, and sports media in general, all of the tried and trusted sports tropes have been tossed around in an attempt to summarize Sunday’s embarassing 43-6 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, however, ‘a bad day at the office’ this was not. This was, and is a visible cause for concern for a team that, a week ago, felt like it had a win over the Chiefs in-hand.

The Raiders weren’t in a similar situation last season, they were in an identical one.  This time last year they were at 6-5 going into week 13 and would only win one more game for the rest of the season, finishing 7-9 and missing the playoffs entirely. This year has ominous implications as the Raiders, who still have the Jets and Broncos to face, are desperately trying to shake off the hangover of last season’s dissappointing finish.

They’ll need to try harder.

And with games against the Colts, Chargers and Dolphins also still ahead of them; two of which are on a short week, they’ll need to do more than try, or this will be the second straight season that coach Gruden and the Las Vegas Raider’s have failed to make a postseason run after what was a promising beginning to their season.

With regards to Sunday’s performance, one could take a statistical deep dive into the box score, however a superficial glance would tell you all you needed to know. The Las Vegas Raiders played poorly.  On all sides of the ball. In every quarter of the game. Period.  Anything more is overkill and frankly, unnecessary.

Good to great QB’s have underperformed this season, and while Derek Carr certainly doesn’t have the stock that a quarterback like Tom Brady or Matt Ryan has, nor the talent surrounding them for that matter, its imperative that he and the team shake this game off and look ahead. The Raider’s are still in the proverbial hunt and need to stay focused, or it’ll be more than the Vegas sun heating up roster and front office seats for this organization in the offseason.