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Three franchise-changing questions after the Patriots’ disastrous loss to the Raiders


The Sin City Miracle, The Reverse Side of Shame—whatever you want to call it—could have changed the trajectory of the two series.

The New England Patriots likely to miss out on the knockout stages, with only a 19% chance of winning a wildcard, according to FiveThirtyEight.com. And Las Vegas raid may have renewed faith in coach Josh McDaniels, who finally experienced victory at the last second after suffering some late breakdown.

You may have heard that the Raiders defeated the Patriots 30-24 on Sundays in truly incredible style. In short, with three seconds left in Las Vegas outside the linebacker Chandler Jones blocking one side from New England WR Jakobi Meyers it’s for QB Mac Jones. Chandler then proceeded to attack Mac on his way to the end area to perform a walking encounter.

Raid to score TD won the magic game

With three seconds remaining and a draw, the Patriots ran the ball, essentially conceding a goal in injury time. After going 23 yards, RB Rhamondre Stevenson threw the ball to Jakobi Meyers, who passed the ball back to Mac Jones. Raiders LB Chandler Jones picked sides and ran the ball home to win Las Vegas. Ignore Bayless and Shannon Sharpe reacting to the mythical ending.

It was a crisis in New England that brought Meyers to tears in the dressing room. It was a feeling that led Chandler Jones to say he loved McDaniels in a post-match interview.

I dissected the play. So let’s dissect the consequences of this play. Because its impact can be profound in sending messages two teams go into the season with conflicting senses.

Did Josh McDaniels’ victory over the Patriots save his job with the Raiders?

McDaniels experienced disasters in the fourth quarter of this season.

Last week, the Raiders lost The Los Angeles Rams by a point – and at the expense of the return of the midfielder Mayfield baker just days after he signed with LA The Raiders lost Chief of Kansas City by a point and to Tennessee Giants equals two. Most Raiders wins are also a struggle. Eleven of their 15 matches ended by a point difference.

Sure, the McDaniels feel happy to win. The Raiders are currently leading 4-1 in their past five games.

“Well, I’ve been standing here a lot this year after some crazy shots,” McDaniels said after the game. “I just say to the people in the dressing room: We keep fighting and keep playing with high effort. Obviously we have a lot of personality in our dressing room and continue to fight and cause pressure even when it felt tough, took the lead there towards the end of the fourth quarter and the boys came back and made the plays they needed to make to win.

“I mean, it’s football, the ball bounces in crazy, crazy ways. Sometimes it’s just not a predictable game. And obviously the ending is probably the craziest ending that’s happened. I think I did, but we’ll accept it.” We’ll take it, for sure.”

Patriots pledge to “play dumbest ever”

Colin Cowherd called the Patriots sideshow “the dumbest play” he’s ever seen.

At 6-8, Raid will not be able to make it through the post-season, especially with Charger win on Sunday. So McDaniels’ team didn’t save the season with a win. However, he may have saved his job. Las Vegas suddenly looks formidable – at least more than it did earlier this year. And while owner Mark Davis has insisted he will stick with the McDaniels no matter what happens this year, there are still some doubts as the Raiders started 2-7 in a season where the Raiders started off 2-7. they are supposed to compete for the post-season.

McDaniels should continue his work, unless there is a big surprise. This win over New England – which ended in a frenzy – could give the McDaniels another year to prove themselves. Had he lost – and suffered a few more defeats – he might have become the offensive coordinator for the Patriots again.

Where will the Patriots go after a bad offensive season?

Even after this humiliating ending, New England’s season is proceeding roughly as many expected. The Patriots are entering the toughest part of their schedule with a 7-7 scoreline, closing the regular season ahead Bengali, dolphin and Receipt. It’s possible – maybe even likely – that New England ends up 7-10. I don’t necessarily expect this team to make it through the post-season, especially given how tight their schedules are. I expect a good start followed by a fall.

It’s not like the patriots have turned into another team. They simply played against much more talented opponents. And, perhaps, New England not turning into another team is a bad thing. The Patriots’ offense needs to grow if they’re going to perform post-season. And it didn’t.

Their defense exceeded expectations. Their offense does not satisfy them. And Sunday’s game is the epitome of a team that desperately needs defense or special teams to score points to win. That’s what the defense force did against the Raiders, with safety Kyle miner log a pick-six. That score made the Patriots’ defense the league leader in defensive touches (6). New England also added a return touchdown, acting as the winner of the previous game New York Jets in week 11.

So when the Patriots assess their offense — and how it needs to change — they’ll be looking at the two in particular. There is a midfielder Mac Jones, who completed only 42% of his passes 112 yards ahead of the Raiders. And there’s an attacking caller Matt Patricia, whose calling and gameplay design are unimpressive. The Patriots hit the eighth-least score in each game and the ninth-least lowest attack score in each game.

It won’t hurt to consider the recipient group, where the project’s top target is in 2023 DeVante Parker, Tyquan Thornton and Kendrick Bourne. Meyers, their top pick, and Nelson Agholor, their highest paid option, are free agents pending. The Meyers will be worth keeping, but the Patriots still need a true #1 pick. They’ve needed one for years.

So New England should probably add a receiver. And the team should probably part ways with Patricia or Jones – whoever is the root of the offensive problems. And given that Jones has shown a lot of promise under McDaniels and Patricia has done nothing but drop the QB stats of his career, the Patriots should probably replace Patricia this season – or could move him back to the defence where he has had his successes in the past.

Is there a way for Mac Jones to end up in Vegas?

In my opinion, it would make more sense to switch Patricia to a defender and give Jones another year to prove himself under the guidance of a more capable coordinator. But here’s why Bill Belichick might not do it.

1. Although Patricia seems like a problem, Belichick still adores her ex with all her heart lion Head Coach. Belichick gave Patricia a job shortly after a failed time in Detroit. And now, Belichick has given Patricia his first gig as an attack caller. Belichick defended Patricia all season.

2. It is rare for Belichick to give up on a failed trial after a year. Belichick is stubborn, even when it’s obvious he’s made a mistake.

3. Belichick may not like what Patricia is doing, but he may like what Jones is doing even less. Not only has Jones struggled on the field, but his behavior – and apparent disobedience – may not be befitting of Belichick. Jones was spotted swearing and swinging his arm at Patricia. Yes, Patricia is having a hard time, but Belichick might not like the way Jones is handling herself.

So if Belichick is on Patricia’s side, then perhaps the Patriots will look to trade Jones for a third pick – or somewhere around that. And they can work with backup QB Bailey Zappewho supported Jones during his ankle injury, or find another quarterback in this year’s draft.

You’ll have to wonder if McDaniels can call. Derek Carr has been like a Raiders add-on solution for years – but never a permanent solution. And while McDaniels seems like an obvious candidate to run with the pending free agent brave cat This season, it is not out of the question that the Raiders coach will also race against Jones, if he is available.

And if that sounds crazy, consider the setting on the field after Sunday’s game. McDaniels and Jones hug while Belichick waits, McDaniels sends a message into QB’s ear. Those are certainly words of encouragement. Sure, McDaniels appreciates Jones.

And if Belichick doesn’t? Well, then maybe Jones will end up in a Raiders jersey next year – partly a byproduct of this game (and that obnoxious side).

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Prior to joining FOX Sports as an AFC East correspondent, Henry McKenna spent seven years covering patriots for USA TODAY Sports Media Corporation and Boston Globe Media. Follow him on Twitter at @McKennAnalytics.


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