The Las Vegas Raiders are going to be a very intriguing team to keep an eye on this season. After getting into the playoffs last season, the front office was very aggressive in improving the team for 2022. Among the biggest pickups were Chandler Jones and Davante Adams, who are both among the best in the NFL at their respective positions.
Derek Carr and company have a lot of people keeping an eye on them as a potential sleeper contender. The AFC West as a whole has gotten much better and will likely be the most competitive division in football.
With all of that being said, one NFL analyst has predicted that the Raiders will make a run all the way to the AFC Championship this season.
Taking a look at the AFC, there are some serious contenders all over the place. The Buffalo Bills are a favorite for many, while the Kansas City Chiefs are still feared as well. Other potential contenders include the Denver Broncos, Indianapolis Colts, Cincinnati Bengals, Los Angeles Chargers, and Baltimore Ravens.
Josh McDaniels has taken over as the team’s head coach. After a very successful stint with the New England Patriots as their offensive coordinator, it will be interesting to see how he fares as a head coach. If he lives up to his potential as a coach, the Raiders will be in very good hands.
Most of the pressure will fall back on the arm of Carr. He has received a ton of criticism over the years and has had some issues with consistency. With a weapon like Adams, there are absolutely zero excuses left.
Needless to say, this is going to be a very interesting and entertaining year for the Raiders. They have not been this close to serious contention in quite some time. A deep run in the playoffs is certainly possible if they stay healthy and play to their full potential.
Expect to see the Raiders looking much more like a Super Bowl contender than a high draft pick contender. This team is ready to win and should be fun to watch all season long.