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After the Raiders picked up  during the offseason, the team set its sights on a playoff run. But things haven’t shaken out that way. Las Vegas is 2–5 and sits at the bottom of the AFC West heading into Week 9, leading rumors to swirl about whether new coach Josh McDaniels will be retained through the end of the season.

The Raiders are fresh off an embarrassing loss to the Saints on Sunday, but coach Josh McDaniels isn’t giving up on Las Vegas’ faint playoff hopes.

The blowout defeat in New Orleans has much of the NFL asking what’s wrong in Las Vegas, with some wondering if McDaniels can survive his first year as Raiders coach. But when asked whether he still entertains thoughts of making a postseason run, McDaniels didn’t back down.

“Absolutely. It’s a long year. I believe we haven’t reached our best football yet,” McDaniels told reporters on Monday. “It’s going to take work and progress and improvement in order to do that. At this point in time, no team has qualified for anything, and nobody’s been eliminated.

But many Raider fans are feeling that McDaniels does not have what it takes to lead the Raiders to the playoffs.

Las Vegas played to win in Kansas City, but the aggressiveness ultimately didn’t pay off for the Raiders.

Josh McDaniels’ team didn’t lose its fight after giving up a 17-point first half lead at Arrowhead Stadium. The Raiders quickly responded after the Chiefs gained a seven-point lead midway through the fourth quarter, as Derek Carr and Davante Adams connected for a 48-yard touchdown three minutes later. All the Silver and Black needed to do was send out dependable kicker Daniel Carlson for a point after attempt that would have leveled the score at 30-30 if converted.

Instead, the Raiders kept their foot on the gas and went for two. And the Raiders came up short, as running back Josh Jacobs wasn’t able to add to his big night with go ahead points that might have sealed an upset win for Las Vegas. over 22million dollars spent on an offense that’s having trouble finishing games, not to mention not even getting passed the 50 yard line until late in the 4th quarter against the Saints. with all the talk about Josh McDaniels getting fired, Raiders owner Mark Davis swiftly nipped any talk of a coaching change in the bud.

“Josh McDaniels is our coach and will be for years to come,” Davis told the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s Vincent Bonsignore.