The Las Vegas Raiders finished the 2020-2021 season with an 8-8 record, missing out on the postseason for the fourth consecutive year. The Raiders started the season winning six of their first nine games but fell apart when it mattered most, losing five of their last seven.
The Raiders also went 8-8 against the spread in the 2020-2021 season, but if you bet on their over/under, Jon Gruden’s squad finished covering the over thirteen times.
In the offseason, offensive tackle Trent Brown was dealt to the Patriots but Raiders GM Mike Mayock addressed the position by taking Alabama tackle Alex Leatherwood with the 17th overall pick in the draft.
Quarterback Derek Carr will have plenty of options to throw to this season, even with Nelson Agholor gone and Tyrell Williams being cut. Las Vegas added receivers Willie Snead, John Brown, and Zay Jones. Pro Bowl tight end Darren Waller is once again expected to be the main target for Carr, and speedy Henry Ruggs should get more looks as well after being mostly a decoy in his rookie year. Running backs Kenyon Drake and Theo Riddick also joined the Silver and Black to back up Josh Jacobs.
Defensively, the Raiders made a splash acquiring talented defensive end Yannick Ngakoue and star corner Casey Hayward. Former top pick Solomon Thomas signed a one-year deal with the Raiders after having his option declined by the 49ers. The 25-year-old defensive tackle missed nearly the entire 2020-2021 season, tearing his ACL in Week 2. Las Vegas also agreed to terms with linebacker Nicholas Morrow and safety Karl Joseph.
This will be the first year that the Las Vegas Raiders have fans in attendance at Allegiant Stadium. It’ll certainly be interesting to see how the Sin City fanbase fares in providing a home-field advantage for The Men in Black.
Action 247 Sportsbook has the Raiders over/under for wins this season at 7.5. Las Vegas has the worst odds to win the AFC West at +2000 and are listed at +7900 to win Super Bowl 56.