Though Oakland went 18-14 under Jack Del Rio, Mark Davis decided the record wasn’t good enough to keep him or his staff on board this upcoming season. Instead, he decided to send the Brinks truck over to Jon Gruden’s house and dump as much money as it took on his front lawn to get him out of the ESPN Monday Night Football booth and back on the Raiders’ sideline.
That’s right folks, Chucky’s back! The NFL is better off for it, but it remains to be seen just how good a product the silver and blank will march onto the gridiron this season. After going 12-4 and bowing out in the Wild Card round back in 2016, the Raiders took a gargantuan step back a year ago when they finished with 6-10 SU and 5-9-2 ATS records much to the chagrin of the many that thought they’d once again be a major player in the AFC West.
The Raiders enter 2018 with a season win total lined at 8 with heavy juice riding the over. They offer up a 33-1 return to come out victorious in Super Bowl LIII, a 15-1 return to win the AFC, and slot ahead of the Broncos at +357 to win the division behind the Chiefs and Chargers. Much different expectations than the team faced last season.
Not a lot to work with on either side of the ball with this roster. Sure, there are studs on both offense and defense, but are there enough playmakers to allow for this team to win three more games this season? That remains to be seen. Gruden signed a bunch of veterans this past offseason, and his reason for doing as such was to change the culture of the franchise. That’s something those looking to fade the Raiders season win total should pay attention to. It doesn’t sound like Gruden is going all out to win in 2018. He’s building this skyscraper from the bottom up with the team likely to truly take shape when it likely heads to Las Vegas in 2020.
This is a team that ranked below average in just about every pertinent offensive and defensive statistical category last season. It also wrapped the season with a -14 turnover differential. That coming a year removed from an amazing +16 campaign that saw them win a number of close games that went down to the wire. You’d be foolish to think the Raiders will return to prominence simply because of the new coach. While it’s likely Gruden improves the franchise overall, it’s going to take time. If Oakland is able to match its predicted season win total, it would be a major step in the right direction. Don’t expect them to challenge for 2018 divisional honors.
Week 1: Rams at Raiders, Monday, September 10, 10:20 p.m. ET – ESPN
Week 2: Raiders at Broncos, Sunday, September 16, 4:25 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 3: Raiders at Dolphins, Sunday, September 23, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 4: Browns at Raiders, Sunday, September 30, 4:05 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 5: Raiders at Chargers, Sunday, October 7, 4:05 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 6: Seahawks at Raiders, Sunday, October 14, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 7: Bye Week
Week 8: Colts at Raiders, Sunday, October 28, 4:05 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 9: Raiders at 49ers, Thursday, November 1, 8:20 p.m. ET – FOX/NFL Network
Week 10: Chargers at Raiders, Thursday, November 11, 4:05 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 11: Raiders at Cardinals, Sunday, November 18, 4:05 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 12: Raiders at Ravens, Sunday, November 25, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 13: Chiefs at Raiders, Sunday, December 2, 4:05 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 14: Steelers at Raiders, Sunday, December 9, 8:20 p.m. ET – NBC
Week 15: Raiders at Bengals, Sunday, December 16, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 16: Broncos at Raiders, Monday, December 24, 8:15 p.m. ET – ESPN
Week 17: Raiders at Chiefs, Sunday, December 30, 1 p.m. ET - CBS
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