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Raiders’ Davanate Adams breaks silence after historic loss

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The Las Vegas Raiders’ home game against the Arizona Cardinals was to be a special day for Davante Adams. He spent half a million dollars on a suite so his family could see the game, which is a big reason he forced a trade on the team. Things started great when Adams scored the team’s first touchdown of the game.

Unfortunately for the star wide receiver, that would be the highlight for him. He caught just one more pass throughout the game, finishing with two catches for 12 yards. It was the first time he had fewer than three catches in a game since the 2017 season, when the Green Bay Packers had to start backup quarterback Brett Hundley.

The Raiders extended a 20-point lead at halftime and fell to the Cardinals in overtime. Adams refrained from speaking to the media after the game, so it’s difficult to know exactly how he felt about the historic loss. While he has yet to directly address the events of the game, the wide receiver has broken his silence on Instagram. He posted a quote that said, “I tell myself every day, ‘Stick to the plan, everything will work out.'”

Based on that quote, it doesn’t sound like Adams isn’t too focused on the loss and believes the team will turn things around. Time will tell if that is really the case.

The Cardinals’ defense clearly wanted to keep Adams from opening the game. They were willing to let other players play but wanted to make sure the star wide receiver was in check. That didn’t work out in the first half as Darren Waller and Mack Hollins tore up the defence. Head coach Josh McDaniels said Arizona did a better job of making Adams a non-factor than the Los Angeles Chargers did last week.

“Look, at the end of the day, no matter what the defense does, we have to produce; whether we run or throw,” McDaniels said after the game. “You have decided to take Davante [Adams] gone a bit more, certainly than last week when the chargers. That forced the ball to some other people. You saw Mack [Hollins] had some success, and Hunter [Renfrow] and darren [Waller] The defense they get, whatever they do, we have to be able to counter it.”

The Raiders are 2-0 at bottom in the AFC West. Winning this game against the Cardinals was very important as it was considered one of their easier games. Two of the Raiders’ next three games will be against teams from the AFC West. If they lose both games, they are either 1-4 or 0-5. That would pretty much wipe out any chance of making the playoffs in a loaded AFC this season.

Things don’t get any easier as the Raiders head to Tennessee next week to face the Titans. They had the best record in the AFC last season, so the team faces another tough battle. Beating the Titans could certainly help turn the tide of the season. They follow that up with a game against a Denver Broncos team that looks just as disappointing to start the season. Going into Week 5 with a 2-2 record against the Kansas City Chiefs would give the team a better sense of their chances.

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