When a team is under a new regime after years of struggle, all that fans hope for is that there are some signs of progress. While certainly not taking a monumental leap forward last season, Las Vegas Raiders did look better in their second season with Jon Gruden at the helm. This coming season is going to be a landmark year for the franchise, as it will be their first in their swanky new digs in Las Vegas. Ideally, the Raiders would love to have a solid season and get the fans hooked early and given the moves that they have made this offseason, we might well be looking at another step in the right direction. Let’s now take a closer look at what the Raiders will have to face this coming season and their NFL odds.
Las Vegas Raiders Schedule Analysis
Strength of Schedule
Looking at the strength of schedule and seeing that it is somewhat favorable is always good. It can also be a little deceiving, too, especially if what you would deem as the winnable games all come later in the year. By the time that those matchups roll around, a team may already be in a position where the playoffs look like a longshot at best. The Raiders have a decent strength of schedule, but the front end is loaded with tough games, which we will talk about in a minute. The teams they face this season had a combined record of 127-129 in 2019.
Do the Raiders Have Their Man at QB?
Just a few short years ago, the Raiders were a playoff team and one of the favorites to make it out of the AFC and into the Super Bowl. An injury to Derek Carr late in the season put an end to that run and the Raiders have not been close since. While Carr has put up some impressive numbers on a poor team, there are rumors that the relationship between he and Gruden is not where it should be. There was chatter that the Raiders may have been in the hunt for Brady in the offseason, but it will still be Carr at the helm. Whether that is a good thing or not remains to be seen.
Primetime and Featured Games
While they may not have been a serious challenger for a few years, the Raiders have remained a very good draw in TV. That, combined with the fact that they will be in a new home this season, has meant that the networks are all in. The Las Vegas Raiders will have 4 games in primetime this season, all of which will be in their sparkling new home in Sin City. They will host the Saints on Monday night in Week 2, have Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers visit on Sunday night in Week 7, host the Super Bowl champs on Sunday night in Week 11, and have a Thursday night tilt against the Chargers in Week 15.
If the Raiders are to make the playoffs this season, they are going to need to successfully navigate a tough opening 7 weeks of the season. Their opening game, on the road to the Panthers, is winnable, but that is followed by the Saints, Patriots, Bills, Chiefs, and Buccaneers, with a bye week mixed in there.
The Las Vegas Raiders Complete Schedule
- Week 1, Sep. 13: at Panthers, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
- Week 2, Sep. 21: vs. Saints, 8:15 p.m. ET (Monday Night Football, ESPN)
- Week 3, Sep. 27: at Patriots, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
- Week 4, Oct. 4: vs. Bills, 4:25 p.m. ET (CBS)
- Week 5, Oct. 11: at Chiefs, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
- Week 6: BYE
- Week 7, Oct. 25: vs. Buccaneers, 8:20 p.m. ET (Sunday Night Football, NBC)
- Week 8, Nov. 1: at Browns, 1 p.m. ET (Fox)
- Week 9, Nov. 8: at Chargers, 4:05 p.m. ET (Fox)
- Week 10, Nov. 15: vs. Broncos, 4:05 p.m. ET (CBS)
- Week 11, Nov. 22: vs. Chiefs, 8:20 p.m. ET (Sunday Night Football, NBC)
- Week 12, Nov. 29: at Falcons, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
- Week 13, Dec. 6: at Jets, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
- Week 14, Dec. 13: vs. Colts, 4:05 p.m. ET (CBS)
- Week 15, Dec. 17: vs. Chargers, 8:20 p.m. ET (Thursday Night Football, Fox/NFL/Amazon)
- Week 16, Dec. 26/27: vs. Dolphins, time and TV to be determined
- Week 17, Jan. 3: at Broncos, 4:25 p.m. ET (CBS)