Raiders Reeling Following Yet Another Epic Collapse

The Las Vegas Raiders suffered a staggering defeat when they lost 27-20 to the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 9. The Raiders had jumped out to a 17-0 lead in the second quarter but were outscored 27-3 over the last 35 minutes of play. Unfortunately, it was no isolated incident. The Raiders have bungled three three-possession leads through eight games of the regular season. Somehow, Sunday's devastating defeat was borderline par for the course for the Raiders this year. It wasn't so long ago the Raiders jumped out to a 17-0 lead over their division rival Kansas City Chiefs before eventually losing 30-29. Even that wasn't as bad as the Raiders' loss against the Arizona Cardinals: the Raiders held a 20-0 lead midway through the third quarter before eventually losing 29-23 in overtime on a fumble returned for a touchdown.

By most accounts, first-year head coach Josh McDaniels' job is safe. But given the Raiders hoped to compete in AFC West this year, the team's 2-6 start must be absolutely heartbreaking. McDaniels lasted only 28 games during his first stint as a head coach with the Denver Broncos. If the Raiders don't right the ship, he could challenge that mark over the next calendar year.
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