With a bulk of their tough games behind them, a healthy Las Vegas Raiders team could dominate the rest of the way in 2020.
Coming off back-to-back losses to the New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills, nobody gave the Las Vegas Raiders a chance against the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs on the road. In fact, the Raiders went into that game as a heavy underdog, as they were a bit banged up, and the Chiefs have looked unstoppable this season.
Well, the Raiders took an early haymaker from the Chiefs, going down 14-3 in the second quarter, only to rally back and win the game, 40-32. Quarterback Derek Carr continued his stellar third season under Jon Gruden, outplaying Chiefs star Patrick Mahomes, utilizing his deep threats in Henry Ruggs III and Nelson Agholor.
In fact, this is as aggressive as we have seen Carr since the 2016 season, when a broken leg ruined his chances of leading the Raiders to their first playoff win since the 2002 campaign. Carr has been outstanding all season long, leading the NFL in completion percentage, and throwing only one interception against 11 touchdowns.
As we inch closer to the midway point of the season, the 3-2 Raiders have put themselves in position to earn a playoff spot, and the schedule gets a lot easier from here on out.