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|Colours:||Black & silver|
|Hall of Famers:||Ron Mix, Jim Otto, George Blanda, Willie Brown, Gene Upshaw, Fred Biletnikoff, Art Shell, Ted Hendricks, Mike Haynes, Eric Dickerson, Howie Long, Ronnie Lott, Dave Casper, Marcus Allen, James Lofton, Bob Brown, Rod Woodson, Jerry Rice, Warren Sapp, Ray Guy, Tim Brown, Ken Stabler & Randy Moss|
|Hall of Fame Coaches:||John Madden, Al Davis (owner) & Ron Wolf (executive)|
|Rivals:||Kansas City Chiefs|
|Legends:||Marcus Allen, Gene Upshaw, Art Shell, Tim Brown, Willie Brown,Jim Otto, Howie Long, Ken Stabler, Cliff Branch, Fred Biletnikoff & Ted Hendricks|
|Super Bowl Championships:||3: 1977, 1981 & 1984|
|Conference Championships:||4: 1976, 1980, 1983 & 2002|
|1st 2021 Draft Pick:||#17 – Alex Leatherwood|
|2021 Power Ranking:||20|
The Raiders who were once a strong feature in the postseason throughout the early days, have not been able to live up to the heights they once had. The Raiders who began their journey in Oakland in 1960 have for the most part been starved of mainstream success, as they have been based in Oakland, Los Angeles, Oakland (again) and now have moved permanently to Las Vegas ahead of the 2020 season.
This was especially evident in the Raiders first three years in the AFL as they managed to win only nine games from 1960 to 1962, while losing 33 games (they won six games in the 1960 season, two games in the 1961 season and one game in the 1962 season), which prompted the franchise to reevaluate their stance.
After winning six games in three years it prompted the Raiders to sign Al Davis for the 1963 season and he instantly changed the culture of the team. It didn’t take long for Davis to implement change in the squad as by the end of his first season in charge he led them to a 10-4 record overcoming a one win season the year prior as it earned him Coach of the Year honours.
Davis left for the 1966 season, but came back after a stint at being on the commissioner for the AFL, and began where he left off but this time he turned the franchise into a prominent feature in the postseason.
By 1967 they got their first real chance at being a successful franchise as they made it to the second ever Super Bowl in Super Bowl II, after posting a 13-1 record which saw them play in the playoffs for the first time.
They met the Green Bay Packers in the Super Bowl after defeating Houston Oilers in the conference championship, but they couldn’t get their hands on the trophy as they were defeated by the Packers.
Despite the Super Bowl loss, the Raiders used that as a platform to build on from 1968 to 1980, when they only missed the playoffs three times (1971, 1978 and 1979). After losing three consecutive conference finals in 1973, 1974 and 1975, the Raiders finally managed to appear in their second Super Bowl for Super Bowl XI.
Unlike in Super Bowl II, the Raiders had their first taste of NFL glory when they captured the Super Bowl XI with a win over Minnesota Vikings. Three years later, the Raiders were once again crowned Super Bowl champions as they beat the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XV.
Two years after their Super Bowl success the Raiders were on the move to Los Angeles where they would spend 12 years. But the move didn’t affect them the slightest as in the second year in their new home they made the Super Bowl for the third time and made no mistake as they clinched their third Vince Lombardi trophy defeating the Washington Redskins 38-9 in Super Bowl XVIII.
They made the playoffs the following two years, but could only manage a wildcard berth, with the rest of the 80s not seeing much time in the postseason. That changed by the start of the 90s, as the closest they came to another Super Bowl birth was in 1990 when coach Art Shell (who was in his second season, coaching the team from 1989 to 1994) led them to the Conference Championship where they fell to the Buffalo Bills.
Nearing the end of their stay in Los Angeles the Raiders only managed to make two more playoff appearances in 1991 and 1993, but crashed out in the wildcard and divisional round. By 1994 the Raiders moved back to their original home in Oakland, and this time they played in a renovated stadium with a new training base, however, with their first season back they missed the playoffs.
Fortunes started to come by the change of the millennium as the Raiders returned to the playoffs after a six year absence, but couldn’t win the Conference Championship in 2000 to make it to another Super Bowl.
Two years later, the Raiders would capture their third division championship in a row after ending the regular season with an 11-5 record, en route to the Super Bowl XXXVII, defeating New York Jets and Tennessee in the process, but fell short when it mattered the most going down to Tampa Bay.
It would be another long wait before the Raiders hopeful saw any sort of postseason action, as the Raiders returned to the playoffs in 2016 ending a 14 year drought. As it turned out it wasn’t worth the wait as they got done in the wild card round by Houston Texans.
The Raiders ended their last season in Oakland with a 7-9 win loss record, as they missed the playoffs for the third consecutive time, before their move to Las Vegas for the 2020 NFL season.
In their first season in Las Vegas, the Raiders marginally improved their win-loss record from the 2019 season, winning eight of their 16 games in 2020. Las Vegas were one of two teams to beat the Kansas City Chiefs in the regular season, defeating the reigning Super Bowl champions in Week 5. However, the Raiders could not get a second win over the Chiefs in Week 11 and after dropping a second consecutive game against the Falcons in Week 12, Las Vegas’ playoff hopes were all but gone.
In their first season in Las Vegas, the Raiders went 8-8, finishing second in the AFC West behind the AFC Champion Chiefs. Now this Raiders squad looks to make a big jump and go deep into the postseason.
This is very much a boom or bust season for both head coach Jon Gruden and starting quarterback Derek Carr. Will the Raiders have what it takes to win in the hardest division in football, or will they once again miss the playoffs?
The Raiders have been bad for a while, and have only made 1 playoff appearance in nearly 20 years. The man they have tasked to lead them to the Super Bowl is Jon Gruden. Interestingly, this isn’t the first time Grruden has been coach of the Raiders, as he was the head coach between 1998 and 2001. In fact Gruden won a Super Bowl against the Raiders in 2002 as the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
After a 6 year stint at Tampa, Gruden became one of the most famous personalities in football both as a commentator and host of his own pre-draft show. However in 2018 Gruden signed a 10 year contract to once again be the head coach of the Riders. His performance in his second go around with Raiders has been subpar with a combined 19-29 record in three seasons.
Gruden is in his fourth year as head coach and has completely overhauled this Raiders team with GM Mike Mayock. This offseason the Raiders have brought in a new defensive coordinator and 13 new players. The Raiders most notable additions have been versatile running back Kenyan Drake and Defensive End Yannick Ngakoue.
Most importantly, this Raiders group has added pieces both through the draft and free agency to strengthen their defense which lagged behind their top 10 offense. They also added Alex Leatherwood in the first round of the draft to help protect Derek Carr in a division filled with the best pass rushers in the league. On paper these additions should be enough to finally propel the Raiders into the playoffs.
This offense was the strength of this team and played extremely well in 2020. The Raiders ranked 8th in total yards, 7th in passing yards and 10th in points behind the creative coaching of Jon Gruden. This year, the Raiders will likely repeat this pace as Gruden and starting quarterback Derek Carr remain.
The focal point of this offense is the air attack which was potent with Derek Carr as quarterback in 2020. Carr is well supported once again with a decent receiving core and one of the best tight ends in the league, Darren Waller.
Waller has been one of the most underrated game changers in the league and is supported by Foster Moreau who is a pass catching specialist. The wide receiving core, led by Henry Ruggs III, Bryan Edwards, Zay Jones and Hunter Renfrow, is young but has shown plenty of promise and big play ability.
The Raiders also have one of the best running back units in the league. Their starter, Josh Jacobs was a Pro Bowler in 2020, being one of the league’s most powerful and elusive runners. Jacobs has forced 120 missed tackles over the past 2 years which is third in the league.
The addition of the versatile Kenyan Drake only adds more depth and ensures only a slight dropoff when the dynamic Jacobs isn’t on the field. The weakness of the offense is the offensive line which has lost several key veterans over the past few years.
This unit has moved on from 3 of last year’s starters and relies on young players to pick up the slack. Despite the weak offensive line, the Raiders coaching and skill position players are talented enough to once again be a top 10 offense in the league.
The Raiders defense has a lot of catching up to do to be at the level of its offense. There were at least 3 games the defense squandered in the 4th quarter during last season. This poor effort led to new defensive coordinator Gus Bradley being brought in to right the ship.
This defense was one of the worst in the league last year, allowing the third most points in the NFL and were bottom 10 in both passing yards allowed and running yards allowed. The significant draft capital and free agency signing this offseason should help this unit improve. Adding Yannick Ngakoue should help provide some much needed pressure on the defensive line.
The Raiders also added former number 3 pick Solomon Thomas, Denzel Perryman and KJ Wright to the front 7. These additions should help the Raiders some speed on defense as well as a better pass rush. It appears as though the Raiders have the pieces to be a respectable front 7 this season after years of poor play.
The Raiders’ secondary will be one of the youngest in the league. They will be led by the hard hitting Jonathon Abram and Trayvon Mullen. The addition of Casey Hayward should help this young Raiders secondary through their growing pains as well.
With a bunch of first and second year players likely to play significant roles in the secondary, the secondary’s overall performance may come down to how fast the youngsters can improve. This defense has definitely gotten better on paper for the 2021 season.
The question is if this translates onto the field. If the Raiders’ defense can pull their weight and support their top 10 offense, this team is a lock to make the playoffs. However, if the defense falters again, the Raiders will likely have another mediocre season.
The Las Vegas Raiders finished the 2020 season with an 8-8 record for the 2020 NFL season and an 8-8 record against the spread.
The Raiders did not find much success in their first year in Las Vegas, finishing the year with just a 2-6 record at Allegiant Stadium.
When looking at total points, Las Vegas had the equal most reliable record in the NFL when betting the over. The Raiders went over their total points line in 12 of their 16 games last season (12 over – 3 under – 1 tie).
Other than the contract of Derek Carr, the Raiders are yet to been involved in any offseason trade rumours. Resulting in Las Vegas currently having odds of +5000 to win Super Bowl LVI.
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Where do the Las Vegas Raiders play?
The Las Vegas Raiders play their home games at Allegiant Stadium.
Who owns the Las Vegas Raiders?
Mark M Davies owns the Las Vegas Raiders.
Has the Las Vegas Raiders won an NFL Super Bowl?
The Las Vegas Raiders have three Super Bowls.
Who is the Las Vegas Raiders coach?
Jon Gruden is the head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders.
Do the Las Vegas Raiders play tonight?
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What is the Las Vegas Raiders record?
The Las Vegas Raiders finished the 2020 season with an 8-8 record.
Did the Las Vegas Raiders win last night?
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How much is the Las Vegas Raiders worth?
According to Forbes magazine, the Las Vegas Raiders are worth $2.9 billion.
Who do the Las Vegas Raiders play tonight?
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How to watch the Las Vegas Raiders?
You can watch Las Vegas Raiders games on CBS, FOX, NBC, ESPN, NFL Network, NFL Red Zone and Directv NFL Sunday Ticket and Raiders.com. On demand you can watch the games on CBS All Access, FOX Sports app, NBC Sports app, ESPN, Amazon Prime Video, NFL Mobile app, NFL Sunday Ticket, DIRECT TV NFL Sunday Ticket, NFL Game Pass, Yahoo Sports App, NFL Mobile app and Raiders app. You can also listen to Raiders games on Game Pass, Westwood One, TuneIn and Sirius XM.
Will the Las Vegas Raiders make the playoffs this year?
The Las Vegas Raiders did not make the playoffs last year after finishing with a 8-8 record, second in the AFC West and 9th in the AFC.
When do the Las Vegas Raiders play?
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When is the next Las Vegas Raiders game?
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Where did the Las Vegas Raiders finish the season?
The Las Vegas Raiders finished second in the AFC West and ninth in the AFC.
How many games did the Las Vegas Raiders win?
The Las Vegas Raiders won eight games in the 2020 NFL season.
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