The Las Vegas Raiders continued to struggle on offense against the Washington Football Team as they lost by a score of 17-15 Sunday, Dec. 5 from Allegiant Stadium.
The loss was the sixth loss of the season as they dropped to the third in the AFC West division at 6-6.
Both Interim head coach Rich Bisaccia and quarterback Derek Carr touched on the frustrations and struggles that the Raiders are having in the red zone particularly in this game and said that it’s an area that needs to be improved for the offense.
Coming into the game, Las Vegas held a head-to-head advantage over Denver in the playoff picture and had a winning record against the NFC East division (2-1).
After this game, the Raiders fell to 2-2 against the NFC East and now have some work to do to get back in the playoff picture as the team now sits ninth in the playoff standings needing to put together some wins these last five games of the season.
Las Vegas will be on the road next Sunday for a divisional rematch against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Kickoff is set for 10 a.m. PST and can be seen on CBS.
Washington quarterback Taylor Heinicke played hero again for the Football Team.
The only score of the first quarter came on the opening drive for Washington when tight end Logan Thomas caught a seven-yard TD pass from Heinicke with 9:39 left in the first quarter.
The second quarter was another low-scoring affair, as it didn’t see any scoring until there were four seconds remaining on the clock.
The score came off the foot of Las Vegas kicker Daniel Carlson, who put home a 52-yard field goal to finally get the Raiders on the board and make it a 7-3 game heading into halftime.
Carlson would continue to be the only source of points for either team in the third quarter as well when he kicked a 38-yard field goal with 4:52 remaining in the quarter to bring the Raiders within one point.
The fourth quarter easily saw the most amount of scoring from either side.
The scoring started early in the quarter when running back Antonio Gibson caught a four-yard touchdown pass from Heinicke to extend the Washington lead out to 14-6 after the extra point from kicker Brian Johnson with 13:28 left in the game.
It was Johnson’s first game with Washington.
The Raiders offense answered the ensuing drive with a one-yard touchdown run off the feet of running back Josh Jacobs. Las Vegas tried a two-point conversion which failed and left the team trailing 14-12.
At the point when Jacobs scored, there was 10:57 left in the ballgame.
The Raiders defense came up with some huge stops the next several minutes which would help set up Carlson with a 37-yard field goal to give the Raiders their first lead of the game with 2:22 left.
Heinicke proceeded to lead Washington down the field in a classic two-minute drill to give Johnson a chance to win the game with 37 seconds left in his first action with the Football Team.
His 48-yard field goal attempt was good, giving Washington a 17-15 lead and the eventual win.