Will the Raiders Make the NFL Playoffs in 2020?

By Michael Wynn in NFL
| July 6, 2020 2:00 am PDT
Las Vegas Raiders Playoffs Odds and Prediction for 2020

Despite a brutally tough early portion of their 2019 schedule, the Raiders emerged from week 11 unscathed at 6-4. They were in control of their playoff destiny with an upcoming game against the hapless Jets, but that’s when things started to go south.

Gang Green bludgeoned the Silver and Black 34-3 in what was the start of a four-game skid at the most inopportune time. Based on what transpired when their backs were up against the wall, I’m not ready to concede that this organization will take significant steps forward in 2020. At the same time, Mike Mayock appears to have had a productive offseason sprucing up the roster, so the following question is at least worth pondering.

Will the Raiders make the playoffs?

There are pros and cons to each side of the argument, so let’s dive in.

Las Vegas Raiders Playoff Odds

Yes+235
No-275

Moving the franchise to Sin City earned Jon Gruden a slew of primetime games, but it doesn’t guarantee his horizon is filled with a whole bunch of victories. And it certainly doesn’t ensure that the Raiders will make the playoffs.

Most of the leading football sportsbooks are offering “+200” when it comes to the Raiders making the playoffs, but at GamblingSites.com, we don’t like to just settle for the most convenient price.

We point out the best price.

On that note, the Raiders’ playoffs odds (make) at BetOnline are sitting at +235. Those more interested in backing Vegas to miss the playoffs, -275 is the most favorable price that was installed at any of the trusted sites.

Given that I live in LV, the natural thing to do is hop on the upside and root for my home team. However, betting with your heart can get you in a lot of trouble.

Your brains and intellect need to match up.

Raiders Playoff Prediction and Pick

Mike Mayock altered his roster as if he was moving his players around like chess pieces. A laundry list of new faces were brought in via free agency, the Raiders added seven players within the first four rounds of the draft, and the team moved out of Oakland and into Las Vegas.

Frankly, trying to pinpoint how the Raiders will perform in 2020 is like a game of poker. You can do all your homework and make educated assumptions, but once the cards are in the air — or in this case, once the pigskin is in the air — anything can happen.

What I do know is that while Derek Carr played efficient football in 2019, he lacked the pizzazz that’s necessary to compete in a division headed by Patrick Mahomes. Perhaps that’s where Henry Ruggs III and his blazing speed comes in, but what if Henry Ruggs III is a bust?

What happens if the move to bring in Jason Witten backfires at the expense of losing production from Darren Waller, and what happens if the defense doesn’t significantly improve?

If you go back and look closely at last year’s stats, Paul Guenther’s unit surrendered too many points. They couldn’t stop anybody on third down.

Credit to Mayock for acquiring a litany of players who can help fill the voids (Corey Littleton, Nick Kwiatkoski, Maliek Collins, Carl Nassib, Prince Amukamara, Damarious Randall, Jeff Heath), but here’s what stands out to me the most: absence of genuine leadership on the defensive side of the ball, and an offense that still needs time to figure out how to best utilize its playmakers.

I’m not in a hurry to get a bunch of money down on the Raiders missing the playoffs, but I don’t envision them being part of the festivities as the calendar turns to 2021.

Pick
  • No
    -275

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