Well that was a rough and somewhat unexpected loss on the road.
The Raiders fell to 6-5.
What it means:
The Raiders could end up pointing to this game as the one that cost them a playoff spot. The AFC playoff chase is very competitive and to lose this game — to a team that entered the game with a 3-7 record — really hurts. The Raiders suffered a similar loss to the New York Jets in Week 12 last year to fall to 6-5 and they ended up losing five of their final six games. They will have to deal with that narrative this week and hopefully don’t follow a repeat downward trajectory.
The Raiders were too sloppy all game, so the Falcons were in control early. However, a pick 6 by the Falcons off of Raiders’ quarterback Derek Carr — who committed four of his team’s five turnovers — early in the third quarter took any hope away from Las Vegas on this day.
Rookie cornerback Damon Arnette was hurt on the first play of the game in a collision with linebacker Cory Littleton. Arnette did return, but the officials ordered him off the field later in the first quarter because he didn’t appear healthy. He went into the concussion protocol and did not return to the game.
Fellow starting cornerback Trayvon Mullen hurt his abdomen in the second quarter, he returned in the third quarter. In addition, safety Jeff Heath injured his groin in the second quarter, but he returned later in the quarter. Running back Josh Jacobs hurt his ankle late in the game.
The Raiders play at the horrible 0-11 New Jets in Week 13. It is supposed to be 48 degrees at MetLife Stadium and partly sunny.