Las Vegas Raiders Betting Preview 2020

Las Vegas Raiders 2020 Team Analysis

A franchise that has moved from Oakland to Los Angeles and back is now settling into Las Vegas, Nevada, a brand new venture ahead of the NFL regular season

It will take a while to get used to the Las Vegas moniker but Jon Gruden’s team is ready to hit the ground running at Allegiant Stadium in Paradise, NV. It will also be fun to see what kind of atmosphere they have once fans are allowed to attend games after leaving behind the loyal, crazy and boisterous Black Hole in Oakland.

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Las Vegas Raiders 2020 Schedule

Week

Date

Opponent

Week 1

Sept. 13

Cleveland Browns

Week 2

Sept. 20

at Houston Texans

Week 3

Sept. 28

Kansas City Chiefs

Week 4

Oct. 4

at Washington Redskins

Week 5

Oct. 11

Cincinnati Bengals

Week 6

Oct. 18

at Philadelphia Eagles

Week 7

Oct. 25

Pittsburgh Steelers

Week 8

Nov. 1

Bye Week

Week 9

Nov. 8

at Indianapolis Colts

Week 10

Nov. 15

at New England Patriots

Week 11

Nov. 22

Tennessee Titans

Week 12

Nov. 26

at Pittsburgh Steelers

Week 13

Dec. 3

Dallas Cowboys

Week 14

Dec. 14

at Cleveland Browns

Week 15

Dec. 20

Jacksonville Jaguars

Week 16

Dec. 27

New York Giants

Week 17

Jan. 3

at Cincinnati Bengals

 

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Las Vegas Raiders Key Games

The Las Vegas Raiders have one heck of an opening to the schedule facing four opponents who made the playoffs last year in the first five weeks. After opening in Carolina, they face three division champions before the week six bye including games in Kansas City and New England. Following the bye, they host Tom Brady and Tampa Bay before getting three winnable games. 

If the Raiders can weather that early storm, they should be in good shape, with games against Atlanta, the Jets, the Chargers and Miami in the final six weeks of the season. You can definitely picture a scenario where the Raiders-Broncos week 17 tilt in Denver decides the final wild card spot in the AFC.

 Last Year’s History

The Raiders had a bizarre start to the 2019 season with the Antonio Brown saga that played out for a national audience on HBO’s Hard Knocks. Once that was settled, the team won the opener and started 3-2 going into the bye week.  

Gruden’s squad rattled off three straight wins and at 6-4 had people talking playoffs going into Thanksgiving weekend. But they fell apart from there with just one more win on the season, and a 7-9 campaign.

Las Vegas Raiders Key Players

Derek Carr

Carr might be one of the more underrated quarterbacks in the NFL. Last season he turned in a 4,054 passing yards, 21 touchdown, and 8 interceptions stat sheet. This marked the second consecutive season that Carr was able to throw for over 4,000 yards. Despite the impressive numbers, Carr failed to receive Pro Bowl honors. 

Carr is the leader of this offense. When he’s doing well, the Raiders do well. Gruden was brought in to help bring Carr’s game to another level. And although there has been statistical improvement, it’s not enough to justify the decision to bring Gruden back. 

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Rodney Hudson 

C Rodney Hudson and OT Trent Brown were the only two Raiders to make the Pro Bowl last season. Additionally, Hudson went on to receive 2nd team All-Pro Honors. Last season Carr was sacked a total of 29 times so there’s still improvements to be made on the offensive line for Oakland. Both Hudson and Brown will return for Oakland in 2020. 

Josh Jacobs

Rookie running back Josh Jacobs was everything the Raiders expected and then some as he ran for 1150 yards in 13 games while scoring seven times. The Raiders did have trouble finding the end zone throughout the season as they were 24th in the league in scoring despite finishing 11th in total yards and turning the ball over just 17 times, good for seventh in the league.

Las Vegas Raiders New Additions

The Raiders were busy this off-season picking up numerous players to take with them to Nevada. On the offensive side of the ball they brought in future Hall of Famer Jason Witten, while also signing WR Nelson Agholor from Philadelphia. Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota will back-up Carr at quarterback while OG Eric Kush joins the line from Cleveland.

The majority of the new players are on defense, where coordinator Paul Guenther and new DL coach Rod Marinelli need the help. DE Carl Nassib comes over from Tampa while DT’s Maliek Collins and Daniel Ross made the move from Dallas. Linebackers Cory Littleton (Rams) and Nick Kwiatowksi (Bears) are new and Damarious Randall (Browns), Jeff Heath (Cowboys) and Prince Amukamara (Bears) join the secondary.

The Raiders really went after depth at WR in the draft. GM Mike Mayock used three of his first four picks on the position with all three players coming from SEC schools. Henry Ruggs from Alabama was the 12th overall selection and the Raiders took Kentucky’s Lynn Bowden and South Carolina’s Bryan Edwards with their first two third-round selections.

With the Bears first round pick from the Khalil Mack trade, Mayock selected CB Damon Arnette from Ohio State. The Raiders made two draft day trades and ended up taking two Clemson players, LB Tanner Muse in the third round and OG John Simpson in the fourth. 

Key Subtractions

There weren’t a whole of subtractions for the Raiders this off-season. They released Whitehead and saw free agents S Karl Joseph (Cleveland) and RB DeAndre Washington (Kansas City) sign elsewhere.  Backup QB Mike Glennon (Jaguars), CB Daryl Worley (Cowboys) also moved on and LB Vontaze Burfict was reinstated by the NFL in December but is still a free agent.

Divisional Outlook

Barring injury, it is tough to imagine the AFC West not ending the way it has the last four seasons, with the Kansas City Chiefs as divisional champions. However, the battle for second place is wide open after both the Raiders and Broncos went 7-9 last season and the Chargers finished 5-11.

The Broncos finished strong last season and added weapons around young QB Drew Lock this offseason. It’s difficult to know what to expect from the Chargers now that Philip Rivers and Melvin Gordon have moved on. First-rounder Justin Herbert will battle veteran Tyrod Taylor for the QB job and head coach Anthony Lynn could be in for a long season.  

Las Vegas Raiders Offense 

Numbers wise the Raiders weren’t that bad offensively. They ranked 8th in the NFL in passing with an average of 245.4 yards gained per game. The running game wasn’t as dominant but still managed to rank in the top half of the league. Earning 118.3 yards on the ground pegged Oakland as the 13th best run unit in the NFL.

However, when it came to actually finding the end zone, Las Vegas struggled severely. In fact, the Raiders ranked 24th in the league in scoring, putting up just 19.6 points per game. NFL sportsbook fans should keep this in mind when betting on Las Vegas in 2020. 

Las Vegas Raiders Defense 

Like their offense, the Raiders’ defense was exceptional in some areas but quite weak in others. Against the run they ranked 6th overall as they only allotted 98.1 rushing yards per opponent. Against the pass however, the Raiders’ D ranked 24th in the NFL as they gave up a whopping 256.5 passing yards each outing. If the Raiders’ offseason acquisitions can help bolster this secondary, Las Vegas should be a much better defensive unit this season. 

What is the Las Vegas Raiders' all-time record?

 473-432-11

Who owns the Las Vegas Raiders?

Mark Clark Davis owns the Raiders.

How many Super Bowls have the Las Vegas Raiders won?

Three (1977, 1981, 1984)

Who is the quarterback for the Las Vegas Raiders?

Derek Carr. 

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