Las Vegas Raiders: 5 challenges team could face in 2020
Containing Patrick Mahomes
Las Vegas knows that as the division currently stands, the road to win the AFC West runs through Kansas City, and more accurately in runs through Patrick Mahomes. Fresh off a 10-year contract extension, he’ll be in the division for the long run, which means the Raiders have to figure out how to contain him…or else.
Mike Mayock already made the calculated first move, addressing the defense heavily through free agency. Cory Littleton, Carl Nassib, and Maliek Collins are just a few signings that were made with one goal in mind: having an answer for the Chiefs offense.
The Raiders struggled in coverage last season, especially at the linebacker position, so Littleton and Nick Kwiatkoski are major upgrades in that department.
While there’s no guarantee that the Raiders defense can “stop” Patrick Mahomes, they can work towards containing him and most importantly, getting the Kansas City offense off the field. At the end of the day Las Vegas has to put points on the board, and they can’t do that with Patrick Mahomes having his way. It’s up to the new-look defense to change that.