This season has been a frustrating one for the Las Vegas Raiders, who fell to 5-8 after blowing a 16-3 fourth-quarter lead to the lowly Los Angeles Rams during Thursday Night Football in Week 14. It was the fourth time this season that Las Vegas has blown a double-digit lead -- the most by an NFL team since 1930.
Not surprisingly, tensions boiled over in the Raiders' locker room after the game, and head coach Josh McDaniels was especially angry.
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McDaniels blamed the team for shooting itself in the foot with its own mistakes, which Raiders fans might not appreciate. Those types of miscues typically reflect poor coaching in the NFL, but McDaniels failed to take direct accountability for those mistakes.
It's also far too late in the season to be committing such avoidable errors. Las Vegas has already played 13 games, so there's been plenty of time to work out the kinks and become a more polished team.
The Raiders simply have not executed well enough this season or shown enough discipline, which is a poor reflection on McDaniels' leadership. The team now has no margin for error, as one more loss will likely doom their postseason chances for good.
Las Vegas is now a +1500 longshot to make the playoffs on FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL odds. The Raiders will try to bounce back at home in Week 15 against McDaniels' former team, the New England Patriots.
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