The Las Vegas Raiders touted one of the most productive offenses in the league in 2020, but their struggles on defense led them to an 8-8 record and another playoff-less season. After some key additions in free agency and the draft, they're ready to break their four-year postseason drought.
Yet they're still not getting the respect they deserve from oddsmakers.
Raiders Playoff Odds
Las Veags currently has +350 odds to make the playoffs, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. The Raiders are heavily favored to miss the playoffs (-480), which is disrespectful for a few reasons.
First off, with the right breaks, Las Vegas should absolutely challenge for a playoff spot in the AFC. They had a top-10 offense in both scoring and total yards, which should only continue after the addition of Kenyan Drake. A core of Derek Carr, Josh Jacobs, Darren Waller and Drake gives Las Vegas the firepower it needs to hang with anyone in the league.
The Raiders also prioritized defensive upgrades this offseason after finishing No. 28 in Football Outsiders' defensive DVOA metric. They added a premium pass-rusher in Yannick Ngakoue and addressed weaknesses in the secondary by signing veteran cornerback Casey Hayward Jr. and drafting safety Trevon Moehrig in the second round.
All of these improvements position the Raiders as a conceivable playoff team, rather than a longshot. It's absurd that the Jacksonville Jaguars, who finished 1-15 last year, have better odds at +330 to make the playoffs.
It'd be no surprise at all to see the Raiders prove the doubters wrong by the end of the 2021-22 campaign.
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