Just last season Oakland was supposed to be a Super Bowl contender. One year later with a “blast from the past” new head coach, the Raiders are thought of as nothing more than a .500 squad.
In 2016, Oakland made the playoffs for the first time since 2002 and instead of continuing on last year, they did a face plant. Former coach Jack Del Rio coached that season like he was playing blackjack and was taking “hit me’s” on 15 and kept drawing 5’s and 6’s. Last year, all that good fortune disappeared and a supposed team on the rise got old in various positions in a hurry. Del Rio was partly to blame by changing offensive coordinators and that blew up in his face.
Owner Mark Davis turned to former head coach nicknamed “Chucky” and paid him a boatload of cash before heading to Las Vegas and he’s rolling the dice he’s made the right choice.
At Betonline and other sportsbooks, the AFC has the tightest NFL odds among the eight divisions, suggesting anything is possible in 2018. However, Oakland is not first and is not even thought of as a playoff team in the AFC.
Odds to Win AFC West – +300 – 3rd
Odds to Win the AFC – +1450 – 7th
If recent Oakland history is any indicator, where the oddsmakers have not been really close with their calls, one could make the case this Black and Silver outfit could be 11-5 or 5-11.
2018 – Ov8
2017 – Un10 (6-10 record)
2016 – Ov8.5 (12-4 record)
2015 – Ov.5.5 (7-9 record)
Jon Gruden has spent the offseason talking about playing football like the last time he coached the Raiders (2001). Immediately two songs come to mind from that year, “It’s Been Awhile” (Staind) and “All or Nothing” (O-Town).