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The second go round of the Chucky regime didn’t pay off in terms of wins and losses, but it did make a huge impact on the future of the Oakland Raiders as a franchise with new blood brought in after upper management stockpiled a number of No. 1 draft selections by letting go of Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper. With that, the outlook for the team looks to be on the up and up but it might be a year or two early to expect the new faces to have a dramatic impact on this season’s results. Linemakers expect a two win improvement from the Silver and Black with their season win total odds currently checking in at 6 at online sportsbooks. The betting markets did however buy it down from the opener of 6.5 which enforces the belief that Oakland might not be at the point of giving the other AFC West members a run for their money just yet.
The offense was an utter disgrace last season. It ranked out No. 23 overall with an average of 336.3 yards per game accrued. Even uglier was a scoring offense that only managed an average of 18.1 points per game to rank No. 28 overall. Oakland was held to 21 points or less in half of their 16 overall games! That’s no doubt likely to change this upcoming season with the roster looking drastically improved on that side of the ball. The addition of Antonio Brown should pay immediate dividends for Derek Carr who now has one of the best go to receivers to ever play the game now at his disposal. With defenses now being forced to defend an improved passing attack, it should open up running lanes for rookie running back Josh Jacobs to make some hay out of the backfield. Gruden was no doubt embarrassed over his offense’s efforts last season. Look for drastic improvement on this side of the ball in 2019-20!
By installing Mississippi State safety Johnathan Abrams and Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell into the defense, Oakland became vastly improved through one round of the NFL Draft. This was a defense that routinely got rolled up and smoked with it showing no ability whatsoever to defend the run ( No. 30 ) which led to it conceding nearly 30 points per gamer every passing week. That simply won’t get it done against the top heavy AFC West with guys like Patrick Mahomes and Philip Rivers slinging the pill around the ball yard. Heck, even Denver might have a formidable offense with Joe Flacco now in the mix. Regardless, Oakland won’t stand a chance of threatening to surpass its season win total unless Paul Guenther’s stop unit takes dramatic steps in the right direction.
The new faces on the roster won’t have much time to get acclimated to their new surroundings with a hellacious schedule in front of them leading up to the Week 6 bye. By that time, the division rival Broncos and Chiefs will have already been faced along with the Vikings, Colts and Bears. If they can find a way to squeak out a pair of wins over that stretch, they’ll have a better shot of surpassing their season win total odds at offshore sportsbooks with the schedule opening up a bit over the final 11 weeks. Regardless, six overall wins looks to be a sharp number and it’s an output the team will likely end up with. Should that occur, the franchise would be in great shape as it takes to the desert to become the first professional NFL franchise in Las Vegas.