In arguably their worst loss of the 2022 season, the Silver and Black came out crushed in the Raiders vs Saints Week 8 matchup on Sunday with a 0–24 loss on the road at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. There’s still more than half of the season to go, but shutout games like these are sometimes too much pain to endure.
Running back Josh Jacobs finally came back to Earth but still had a solid outing finishing the game with 43 yards on 10 carries. The offense just couldn’t get things going for quarterback Derek Carr and his receivers to gain any momentum throughout the day. Carr finished with only 101 passing yard on 15 for 26 completions on attempts, and threw a pick in the second quarter to New Orleans safety Tyrann Mathieu on an intended pass to Hunter Renfrow down the middle.
It also didn’t help that Davante Adams came into the game with the flu. If you didn’t know already, flus are immediately performance impacting amongst athletes, and surprisingly even more so than a sprain, or even a concussion. These professional athletes know how to deal through pain, but when the body shuts down, it’s almost game over.
On the other side of the scrimmage line, Saints QB Andy Dalton started his fifth consecutive game and posted 229 yards and two passing touchdowns on 22 completions. His primary target of the game was running back Alvin Kamara, who scored a hat trick with 62 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown, and an additional 96 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns. Without seasoned veteran Michael Thomas, Dalton had to utilize his rookie Chris Olave and trusted back Kamara to get things done.
Raiders receiver Mack Hollins led all Raiders positional players in yardage with 64 receiving yards on 7 receptions. Next in line was backup tight end Foster Moreau who finished with 31 yards on 6 catches. We hope Darren Waller can come back healthy next week, even though Moreau has been good at filling in his spot.
“Obviously that wasn’t good enough in any way, shape or form,” said coach McDaniels after the Raiders loss. “That’s my responsibility. So, we have to do much better in every phase of the game to compete with a team like that.”
The Las Vegas Raiders will have to hold their heads high and just take it game by game from here on out after the Raiders vs Saints Week 8 disaster. No more distractions, just go on the field and execute plays. They currently sit at 2–5 for the season, only above the Houston Texans (1–5) and the Detroit Lions (1–6), and will face the Jacksonville Jaguars (2–6) on Sunday, November 6.