The Oakland Raiders are looking to improve on a (4-12) season, ending with the fourth worst record in football. QB Derek Carr is coming off a terrible season where is finished 27th in total QBR. This resulted in this offense being ranked 23rd in total offensive yards and 27th in points scored per game. To help improve this coach John Gruden brought in 4 time first team All Pro WR Antonio Brown as well as signing offensive tackle Trent Brown to help protect Carr. This will help, but the question will be was it enough? The defense comes into this season terribly. They were 26th in total defense and last place in points allowed per game. Gruden tried to sure up this side in the draft, starting with DT Clelin Ferrell out of Clemson. The season will start at home as the Raiders take on the Denver Broncos.
Week 1 vs Denver Broncos
Although I have no faith in the Oakland Raiders, I think the Broncos might just be worse. Joe Flacco is the same below average QB as Case Keenum was and I see Antonio Brown playing dividends in this one as he ignites the Black Hole in a win at home.
Week 2 vs Kansas City Chiefs
The Raiders have no chance in this game as the Chiefs are simply too much on both sides of the ball. Chiefs win in a route.
Week 3 at Minnesota Vikings
Although the Vikings did not have the year that everyone expected last season, expect the Vikings to be a contender in the NFC race. Coach Mike Zimmer will have his defense raring and QB Kirk Cousins will have a year under his belt with his new team. I see the Vikings beating the Raiders with talent alone.
Week 4 at Indianapolis Colts
The Colts are just too explosive on both sides of the ball for this Raiders team. QB Andrew Luck had one of his best years to count posting a 7th best QBR and leading his team to the playoffs from a 1-5 start. Andrew Luck outplays Derek Carr in this one as the Colts win.
Week 5 vs Chicago Bears
With one of the best defenses in the league, partially thanks to Jon Gruden on a terrible Khalil Mack trade, the Bears will be coming for blood this year. A missed field goal that hit the uprights twice ended their season last year, but should upgrade at the position. As long as Mitch Trubisky keeps progressing I see this offense having no problem in putting up points in bunches on this defense. Take the Bears.
Week 6 Bye
Week 7 at Green Bay Packers
The Green Bay Packers will be led by new coach Matt LaFleur should bring a new offensive philosophy to Lambeau. Aaron Rodgers if healthy is undoubtedly one of the best if not the best QB in the league. I think at home with Rodgers leading the charge there is no way that he loses to the Raiders.
Week 8 at Houston Texans
This tem just doesn’t have enough offense to hang with J.J. Watt and the 3rd ranked points per game defense as well as an offense to match the production of Deshaun Watson and the 13th ranked offense in total yards. Give me the Texans.
Week 9 vs Detroit Lions
This is a winnable game for the Raiders as the Lions offense was a little worse than the Raiders. With this game being at home I think Jon Gruden will be able to isolate Darius Slay and get Antonio Brown open in space enough to win this game. Give me the Raiders.
Week 10 vs Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers led by Phillip Rivers will be hard to stop as this defense I expect to still be at the bottom of the league. Rivers had the 7th highest QBR of any QB last season and led their offense to the 6th best points per game average. I think the Chargers are too talented on both sides of the ball for the Raiders to stop.
Week 11 vs Cincinnati Bengals
I think that the Bengals and Andy Dalton are able to get their offense on track in this game against this terrible defense. New Coach Zac Taylor will be able to get AJ Green open in space and use Joe Mixon very well in this game. I also have no faith in Derek Carr and see him making multiple turnovers down the stretch. Give me the Bengals.
Week 12 at New York Jets
This New York Jets team could surprise some teams this upcoming season. They added a dynamic weapon in Leveon Bell which I believe is a better upgrade than Antonio Brown. Also, the Jets have a better defense than the Raiders and I have high hopes for improvement from Sam Darnold. Give me the Jets at home.
Week 13 at Kansas City Chiefs
This will be a repeat of their week 2 matchup as the Chiefs roll.
Week 14 vs Tennessee Titans
At this point in the season the Raiders will already be out of playoff contention and will be in the Tua sweepstakes. I see the Titans able to use their 3rd best points per game allowed defense to win a snoozer on the road. Give me the Titans.
Week 15 vs Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jacksonville Jaguars are the more talented team on both sides of the ball and I think that the acquisition of Nick Foles will be the key in this one. He will be able to pick apart this defense in a road victory.
Week 16 at Los Angeles Chargers
This will be a repeat of their week 10 matchup as the Chargers win without breaking a sweat.
Week 17 at Denver Broncos
At this point I see Drew Lock behind center for the Broncos and I think that this young Raiders defense will get after him enough to force a few turnovers for a rare road win to close out the season.
This line is solely based on the acquisition on Antonio Brown, but I believe that this season will be worse than last season. They play a really tough schedule and I see the demise of Derek Carr to continue. Take the Under.