Jeff Saturday proves that you do not need experience to defeat the Raiders
Sunday and Saturday finally go together. With the biggest NFL story this week, which revolved around Jeff Saturday and the Indianapolis Colts. Skeptics were confused about the hiring of Saturday after they fired their head coach Frank Reich. Saturday has no coaching experience. To add to the lack of experience the Colts named 30-year-old Parks Frazier as their offensive coordinator. Saturday at least silenced the critics for a week defeating a Las Vegas Raiders team that was riddled with controversy themselves. The Raiders are by far NFL’s biggest disappointment going 2-7 on the year. The Raiders have blown three 17 point leads this year which already is a NFL record.
Saturday made his first big coaching decision starting veteran quarterback Matt Ryan. Ryan showed his veteran poise all game really confusing the Raiders abysmal defense. The key play in the game for the Colts was a 39-yard run by the 37-year-old quarterback. The Colts found success on the ground. Jonathan Taylor gashed the Raiders defense for 147 yards. Matt Ryan was effective both on the ground and in the air throwing for 222 yards.
As bad as the Raiders have been on the year, two bright spots for the team continue to be Davante Adams and Josh Jacobs. Adams had another strong day, catching nine passes for 126 yards. Jacobs had just 78 yards on 21 carries. The Raiders drop to 2-7 on the season and have now lost three straight. The Raiders will travel to take on the Broncos in Week 11 in an AFC West matchup. Las Vegas won the first matchup at home in convincing fashion. They are now tied for the second-worst record in the NFL, as they are only ahead of the Houston Texans. Besides the losing record the bigger story could be the future of Raiders Head Coach Josh McDaniels.
This loss clearly is one of the worst losses a team could have especially after losing too an inexperienced head coach and play caller.