Raiders: 3 major storylines to watch entering Week 1 vs. Panthers

Raiders, Saints
NFL Analysis Network

The Las Vegas Raiders will look to rebound from what was an underwhelming 2019 season. Their first chance to do so will come against the Carolina Panthers in Week 1.

It was a busy offseason for the Raiders with the bulk of their free agency moves being centered on improving the defense. Las Vegas had a bad unit that held them back in numerous losses, so instant impact from newcomers is essential.

The 2020 NFL Draft featured the Raiders adding an intriguing weapon in Henry Ruggs III to the offense. For a unit that already has some effective foundational talents like Josh Jacobs in the backfield and Darren Waller at the tight end spot.

Playing in the AFC West makes it nearly impossible for teams aside from the Kansas City Chiefs to compete for a division title. However, an extra Wild Card spot in the NFL playoff picture could help the Raiders to make their way back to the post-season with a successful season.

With that, let’s take a look at three major storylines facing the Las Vegas Raiders entering their Week 1 matchup with the Carolina Panthers.