“There is no reason for us to lose games like this”

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The Las Vegas Raiders once again raced to a big lead only to see it wither away in another loss, collapsing for a Lost 27-20 on the road at the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Vegas generated big plays early to take a 17-0 lead in the second quarter. But these disappeared like Derek Carr and the offense earned just four first downs in the second half out of five drives, opening the door for the Jags to come back strong.

“There’s no reason for us to lose games like this, and it’s frustrating,” wide receiver Davante Adams said after the defeat, by ESPN. “If we played for an s—ty team, then that’s one thing. But that’s not what it is.”

Adams’ production mirrored the Raiders’ hot start and cold finish.

The dynamic receiver caught nine passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns in the first half, becoming one of five players since 1991 with 9+ receptions, 140+ receiving yards and 2+ receiving touchdowns in the first half of a game (first since Houston’s Andre Johnson in 2009 against Seattle).

In the second half, Adams had a hold for zero yards on eight targets. He became the first player with more than eight targets and zero receiving yards in a half since Miami’s Chris Chambers in 2006.

“The way we were attacking in the first half worked, to a certain extent,” Adams said. “I feel like we’ve moved away from that and started playing the game a little bit differently, and that’s not how we have to do it.

“But at the end of the day, if I roll in certain situations like that, or if the passing game is something that helps us move the ball and win games, then obviously that’s the idea. . You want to stick with what works.”

Sunday marked the Raiders’ third blown lead of at least 17 points this season, tying them for the most losses of any team in NFL history (2003 Falcons, 2020 Chargers). In the franchise’s previous 62 seasons, the Raiders have missed just five games overall by at least 17 points.

“You know, I think there’s a lot I want to say, you know, but if I’m being honest, I don’t need to say it here,” Carr said, according to the transcript of the crew. “There are things that will be said. There will be things that need to be addressed and all of those things.

“But I think overall, the urgency, after 30 minutes of football, we have to learn that the game is not over. I feel like I’ve been in that situation a lot of times where new coaches or this or that and you have to teach new guys like that, that’s how we do it and that’s the mentality. It gets tiring, but at the same time, that’s my job. There’s a part of that. I’m going to say it right away for those things. But there are things internally that we’ll talk about man-to-man and all that kind of stuff that could be addressed.”

Vegas entered the season with high hopes that this would be the season where it all came together for a long playoff series. Instead, the Raiders went for a 2-6 start and back in the AFC West basement.

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