The Las Vegas Raiders had an eventful offseason with some key additions, including a Pro Bowl wide receiver and a brand new head coach. However, they are in arguably the toughest division in football in the AFC West.
They are going to be in for a test as the consensus win total for the team is listed at 8.5 wins. Today, we are going to discuss which side of the wager we should be on for this season so we can make some money on the future NFL bet.
Las Vegas Raiders Season Win/Loss Total
What is Their Schedule?
One of the most important things is the schedule and how it falls. Below is a table of how their schedule will play out.
Last season, the Raiders put up a 10-7 record amid a bunch of issues. According to last year’s records, Las Vegas is tied for the seventh-hardest schedule as their opponents had a combined .528 winning percentage.
How Good Were Their Additions?
Let’s begin with the front office. The team hired Dave Ziegler as their general manager and Josh McDaniels as the newest head coach. Those are some solid additions from the New England Patriots front office and they have a lot of new players at their disposal.
On the field, the Raiders also made some improvements beginning with trading for wide receiver Davante Adams from the Green Bay Packers to give quarterback Derek Carr a true number one receiver. They also added wide receiver Keenan Cole and a few offensive line players to bolster the offense.
The defense also strengthened up a bit with the headline signing of defensive end Chandler Jones. It was a good enough offsesason to earn an A- grade from Pro Football Focus and they really improved.
During the NFL Draft, the Raiders selected some impact players with center/guard Dylan Parham in the third round, running back Zamir White in the fourth round, defensive lineman Neil Farrell in the fourth round, and defensive lineman Matthew Butler in the fifth round. They also selected both offensive tackle Thayer Munford and running back Brittain Brown in the seventh round of the draft.
What is the Raiders Outlook?
This season is going to be tough as there are a lot of new pieces to integrate into the Las Vegas Raiders, but I believe over 8.5 wins is the more likely scenario. They have some tough games but some easy wins like against the Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Seattle Seahawks as well.
With an offensive minded head coach in McDaniels, Derek Carr should get some help in the headset while being able to throw to tight end Darren Waller or wide receiver Davante Adams. This feels like an easy over after winning 10 games and getting a playoff spot in the midst of the Henry Ruggs release and Jon Gruden firing from last year.