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Las Vegas Raiders 2023 Preview

Las Vegas Raiders 2023 Preview

Las Vegas Raiders 2023 Preview. If we look at their opponents’ wins last year, Las Vegas has the 10th-toughest schedule this season. In terms of projected wins for their opponents, the Raiders face the 17th-toughest schedule. The tougher schedule will affect their performance this year, but other factors could have more impact.

Las Vegas’ 2023 Season Schedule

Preseason games

Sunday, Aug 13, vs. San Francisco 49ers – W (34-7)

Saturday, Aug 19, at Los Angeles Rams – W (34-17)

Saturday, Aug 26, at Dallas Cowboys

Regular season schedule

Week 1 at Denver Broncos

Week 2 at Buffalo Bills

Week 3 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Week 4 at Los Angeles Chargers

Week 5 vs. Green Bay Packers

Week 6 vs. New England Patriots

Week 7 at Chicago Bears

Week 8 at Detroit Lions

Week 9 vs. New York Giants

Week 10 vs. New York Jets

Week 11 at Miami Dolphins

Week 12 vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Week 13 BYE

Week 14 vs. Minnesota Vikings

Week 15 vs. Los Angeles Chargers

Week 16 at Kansas City Chiefs

Week 17 at Indianapolis Colts

Week 18 vs. Denver Broncos

Las Vegas Raiders 2023 PreviewHead Coach Josh McDaniels Had a Rocky 2022

The preseason has started well. They’re 2-0, with rookie quarterback Aidan O’Connell making impressive plays. He was drafted in the fourth round, 135th overall. But the Raiders won all three preseason games last year, and that didn’t transition to the regular season.

Critics aren’t enamored with coach McDaniels. Quarterback Derek Carr’s performance went downhill once McDaniels started as head coach last season.

Of their 11 losses in 2022, nine were by one possession. They lost five games that they were ahead by double-digits in the second half. That’s an NFL record they do not want to be known for. Until he was benched after their Week 16 loss to the Steelers, Carr had the longest active starting streak for the same team by a quarterback (91).

Can Garoppolo Stay Healthy and Save the Season?

The first worry was that Garoppolo was reported to have failed his Raiders physical with a foot problem. But seeing him perform in the preseason game against the Rams alleviated any worry about his health status. He led the offense on a long touchdown drive to kick off the game. It was an excellent strategy to show the fans that he is in top form and ready to lead the team this season – as long as he can stay healthy.

But letting rookie O’Connell start the first pre-season game showed fans that they have a viable alternative if Garoppolo does get injured.

Improving the Arsenal for Garoppolo

The offense was the team’s strength last year, but there was plenty of room for improvement. The two standouts were running back Josh Jacobs and wide receiver Davante Adams. Jacobs is a holdout and hasn’t signed yet, but all reports are that he will get signed soon.

They did sign wide receiver Jakobi Meyers as a free agent, and he’s dominating in training camp. Fellow wide receiver Tre Tucker, who was picked in the third round, also has an outstanding training camp. His speed provides options for punt returns.

The Defense Must Improve

Last season, the Raiders were tied for the fewest interceptions (six) and allowed a 98.8 passer rating, which was last in the NFL. They created the fewest turnovers in the NFL and were 28th in yards allowed. The Raiders gave up 30 or more points in five games and allowed 500 or more yards in two games.

They picked defensive end Tyree Wilson seventh overall in the draft to turn things around. The Raiders drafted Jakorian Bennett in the fourth round to improve their cornerback issues. He is showing promise in training camp.

Safety Tre’von Moehrig had a strong rookie season in 2021, but struggled trying to adjust to a new system in 2022. He might have finally figured out the system, as reports are that he’s been dominating at camp.

They also signed linebacker Robert Spillane, safety Marcus Epps, and cornerback Brandon Facyson.

Las Vegas Sports Betting Predictions

Was Carr the reason for Las Vegas’ decline last season? This season, the Raiders bet on McDaniels. It will be interesting to see how the Raiders do without Carr and how the Saints do with him.

AFC West Division Winner Odds

Kansas City Chiefs           -165

Los Angeles Chargers      +340

Denver Broncos               +650

Los Vegas Raiders            +1400

Best Prop Bets

Tyree Wilson – Defensive Rookie of the Year – +650

Davante Adams – Offensive Player of the Year – +3000

Las Vegas Raiders 2023 Season Odds

Win Total                           6.5

Win Division                    +2000

Make Playoffs                  +390

Win AFC                          +5500

Win Super Bowl              +8000

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