The Las Vegas Raiders are still led by Jon Gruden but some fans are getting antsy. Known as an offensive guru, his units have been good but not great. They have some good weapons, though, and some good props on the board too. Let’s take a look at some of the best options for those who bet on NFL.
Derek Carr has a lot of questions to answer this season. He hasn’t been consistent — especially against the elite defenses — and that’s why a lot of people are skeptical about him passing for over 4,150 yards. There have been doubts regarding the Raiders’ commitment to Carr as the quarterback of the present and future, which is why he will need to show out in 2021. He threw for 4,103 yards last season and in fairness, he didn’t have much help behind the stellar play of Darren Waller. However, this is a Las Vegas team that loves to run the football and play the old-school way. It doesn’t seem likely that Carr will be topping his passing total from last year given that the organization put more focus into improving their ground game over their air attack in the offseason.
Pick: Carr Under 4,150 Passing Yards
Josh Jacobs is easily one of the most exciting young running backs. One of his props that stand out is if he can top 1,000 rushing yards. We got to see Jacobs play in 15 games for the Raiders, totaling 1,065 yards on the ground for the team and 12 touchdowns. If the team was able to be a little more competitive then he probably could have finished with better numbers. The Raiders trailed a lot. The concern is that not much has changed. In a perfect world, the sky is the limit for Jacobs. However, he’s not in a perfect world. He might be mired in a running back committee and paired with a below-average offensive line. The potential is obviously there, but it is hard to imagine the Raiders controlling enough games to get him over that hump again – especially with newly signed Kenyan Drake siphoning off some carries. Go under with your NFL predictions.
Pick: Jacobs Under 1,000 Rushing Yards
Darren Waller got his name up in the conversation for the best tight end in the league, which is why his Las Vegas NFL odds are quite interesting to handicap. The over for receptions seem enticing as Waller reeled in 107 receptions on a Raiders offense that tried to establish a strong rushing attack. Those receptions ended up leading to 1,196 receiving yards, the most on the team by far. He is the only true receiving threat on this roster even though Hunter Renfrow and Nelson Agholor have had impressive showings throughout camp. Carr should pepper Waller with targets again, especially if this team is constantly in catch-up mode due to their inconsistent defense. The over looks like a great choice here as Waller hasn’t hit his ceiling at all just yet.