2020 Las Vegas Raiders: Better record, same disappointing result

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Jon Gruden and the Raiders once again failed to make the playoffs. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) /

Raiders finish with a better record, but the same disappointing result

As the Raiders fell to 7-8 after starting 6-3, it was quite evident that while members of the team said this wasn’t the “same team” as 2019, the late-season lapses definitely said otherwise. The Raiders were plagued with injuries, COVID-19, poor coaching, and poor decision-making all season, so it is back to the drawing board in 2021.

While Las Vegas ended the season with a season sweep of the loathed Denver Broncos, the trajectory of what could have been for the Las Vegas Raiders cast a shadow that loomed over the final record of 8-8. Sure, watching the Raiders beat Denver is stunning fashion was fun, but that is a game that should have been a tuneup for a playoff appearance after how strong they started.

The franchise has now blown two great starts to a season in back-to-back campaigns, and as the fan base sits back and watches Super Wild Card Weekend, we can only think about the what-ifs. There is too much talent on the team to consistently miss the playoffs, so hopefully, one more offseason can fix the issues on both sides of the ball.

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Gruden is going into his fourth season back at the helm of the Silver and Black, and anything less than a playoff appearance just is not going to cut it. They have had multiple first-round picks, countless money in free agency, and years to get this right, but as we head to the 2021 offseason, a lot of the same issues are still there.