The Las Vegas Raiders were pegged as potential Super Bowl challengers when they traded for All-Pro wideout Davante Adams this offseason. Instead, the Raiders are 0-3 to begin the 2022 NFL season following their Week 3 loss to the Tennessee Titans.
As with most underachieving teams, frustration has begun to sink in for the Raiders. Team insider Hondo Carpenter reports that Adams is "frustrated and angry" by the slow start and even though he knows that opponents won't "lay down" in the NFL, he and his teammates "expect more."
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Adams also told reporters after the loss that, despite his anger, he believes the Raiders can turn things around. He said that Las Vegas needs to "tweak a few things" and start games with a more consistent effort.
Even if the situation is frustrating for those involved, Adams said that feeling frustrated is okay. To him, frustration is only an issue if the Raiders don't find a way to overcome it.
"It's still early [in the season]. But we’ve got to start establishing who we are as a team. So like I said, frustration is okay as long as you do something about it."- Davante Adams on Raiders' 0-3 start
There's only so much Adams can do on his own to turn things around. Reunited with college quarterback Derek Carr, the veteran wideout has turned 17 catches into 189 receiving yards while also finding the end zone three times — on pace to come close to his career-high of 18 touchdowns set in 2020.
At the end of the day, it's Las Vegas' defense that must step up. Yes, the offense could be much better, but it's boasting a top-10 offense (21.3 points per game, T-No. 10). Meanwhile, the Raiders are tied with the Baltimore Ravens for the eighth-worst scoring defense (25.7 PPG).
The Raiders have a chance to prove themselves when they host the Denver Broncos in Week 4's AFC West showdown. If Las Vegas can snag the win, it'd go a long way in restoring faith in fans and experts alike.
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Oddsmakers are calling for the upcoming Broncos-Raiders clash to be a close one. FanDuel Sportsbook lists Las Vegas as the slight 1-point favorite at Allegiant Stadium, giving both rivals -110 odds to cover the spread.
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