Las Vegas Raiders NFL Season Recap

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Jon Gruden has been back at the helm of the Las Vegas Raiders for three seasons now. In his time as the ringleader of the organization, the Silver and Black have amassed 4-12, 7-9 and 8-8 SU records. Versus linemakers those three seasons, the Raiders check in 21-25-2 ATS and have logged successive 8-8 tallies against the closing NFL odds each of the last two seasons. Most bothersome however is the fact that the team found itself on the precipice of punching a playoff ticket each of the last two seasons, but flamed out when it mattered most to find itself situated just on the outside looking in. Having said that, there was improvement made within the Raiders organization in 2020. Though it logged a horrendous 2-6 SU record in the “Death Star,” some big wins were tallied. An identity was formed. Darren Waller put forth the best season of his career, while Derek Carr logged a 100+ QB rating for the second straight season. With that, you can expect upper management to look to bolster the roster this offseason in hopes of putting an end to four straight seasons without playoff football being played. Most moves will likely come on the defensive side of the ball with it undoubtedly the Achilles heel of the organization the last few seasons.

Las Vegas Raiders Season Recap

The Raiders opened their 2020 campaign with successive wins over Carolina and New Orleans with the latter coming in the form of a decided 34-24 outright win and cover as 4-point dogs in their Allegiant Stadium debut. Though the team suffered back-to-back defeats to the Patriots and Bills soon after, the Raiders let it be known that they’re a team to be taken seriously by going into Arrowhead Stadium and outdueling the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs to log the eye-opening 40-32 outright win and cover as 11-point underdogs. Carr would go onto throw for 347 yards and 3 TD to let the rest of the NFL know their passing attack was no longer limp; far from it! The team would then go on to accrue four more wins in its next seven games to put itself in fine shape of qualifying for a playoff bid out of the AFC.

Unfortunately, the Hail Mary win at the Jets that amounted to Gregg Williams getting fired over his late-game play calling was the worst thing that could’ve occurred. The Raiders would go on to drop three straight against the Colts, Chargers and Dolphins. The last two defeats saw them in a position to win both games, but the unthinkable occurred each time. Anthony Lynn would actually see a game all the way through in overtime, and the Fins capitalized on an amazing throw from Ryan Fitzpatrick paired with a terrible penalty to pull out the last second win. Las Vegas would close the season out with a last second come-from-behind win in Denver to log its eighth and final win of the season. It did however fail to cover the closing 2.5-point spread in the 32-31 triumph which saw the team close its regular season campaign out with a horrendous 1-5 mark against the closing NFL odds.

Backed by one of the better pass protecting offensive lines in the business, Vegas would close the regular season out as the No. 8 ranked offense that rated out in the top-15 both running (No. 14) and passing (No. 7) the football. Carr surpassed the 4,000+ yard passing plateau for the second year in a row and accrued a respectable 27:9 TD/INT ratio. His 101.4 QB rating logged was the best of his seven-year career. After failing to be elected to the Pro Bowl each of the last two seasons, he’ll likely be a shoe-in for the honors this season. With a young wide receiver corps comprised of Nelson Agholor, Hunter Renfrow, Henry Ruggs III and Bryan Edwards, Carr is set up to excel as the QB1 of the offense for years to come.

That statement is made all the more true with Darren Waller putting forth a career season with the likelihood of him only improving being very high. After reeling in 90 catches and turning them into 1,145 yards last season, Waller exploded on the fantasy and player props scene in 2020 by snagging 107 passes and turning them into just under 1,200 receiving yards. Most importantly, nine of those receptions went for touchdowns tripling his output from the year prior. The arrow is pointed way up for this kid as he enters his age 29 season in the prime of his career. He’ll undoubtedly be targeted in fantasy drafts much like George Kittle and Travis Kelce have been in years past come 2021.

It wasn’t all unicorns and rainbows for the Raiders in 2020. While the offense more than handled its business, the same can’t and won’t be said of the defense. It was simply putrid! In forcing a grand total of 15 turnovers to only logging 21 overall sacks, the lack of explosive plays dramatically hindered a stop unit that was simply unable to prevent opposing offenses from simply doing as they pleased. The Raiders conceded nearly 390 total yards per game (No. 25) and ranked in the bottom third at defending both the pass (No. 26) and run (No. 24). On top of all that, it was gouged for just under 30 points per game (No. 30). Defensive coordinator Paul Guenther was fired at the tail end of the regular season, but the move did little to improve a very young defense. With the No. 16 pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, the Raiders should be a lock to select a defensive game changer. Hopefully this one pans out much better than selections made the last few seasons with Damon Arnette and Jonathan Abram failing to impress in the secondary this season.

“Our goal is not 8-8. Our goal is to win a championship,” Gruden said Monday. “You shouldn’t go on a cruise or go on a vacation when you’re 8-8. We got to take a good look at how we can close the gap. We feel like we did to a degree with the best teams in the league, but we’re not there yet.”

Las Vegas Raiders Schedule & Results

Week 1 at Carolina Panthers W 34-30 1-0
Week 2 vs New Orleans Saints W 34-24 2-0
Week 3 at New England Patriots L 20-36 2-1
Week 4 vs Buffalo Bills L 23-30 2-2
Week 5 at Kansas City Chiefs W 40-32 3-2
Week 7 vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 20-45 3-3
Week 8 at Cleveland Browns W 16-6 4-3
Week 9 at Los Angeles Chargers W 31-26 5-3
Week 10 vs Denver Broncos W 37-12 6-3
Week 11 vs Kansas City Chiefs L 31-35 6-4
Week 12 at Atlanta Falcons L 6-43 6-5
Week 13 at New York Jets W 31-28 7-5
Week 14 vs Indianapolis Colts L 27-44 7-6
Week 15 vs Los Angeles Chargers L 27-30 (OT) 7-7
Week 16 vs Miami Dolphins L 25-26 7-8
Week 17 at Denver Broncos W 32-31 8-8
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Raiders Past Seasons (2000)

2020 8-8 None
2019 7-9 None
2018 4-12 None
2017 6-10 None
2016 12-4 Lost Wild Card Round
2015 7-9 None
2014 3-13 None
2013 4-12 None
2012 4-12 None
2011 8-8 None
2010 8-8 None
2009 5-11 None
2008 5-11 None
2007 4-12 None
2006 2-14 None
2005 4-12 None
2004 5-11 None
2003 4-12 None
2002 11-5 Lost Super Bowl
2001 10-6 Lost Divisional Round
2000 12-4 Lost Conference Championship

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