Five Reasons Why The Las Vegas Raiders Are Not Dead Yet
Vegas has an easier schedule going forward
One can make the case that everything that could go wrong, has gone wrong, for the Raiders through the first five weeks. The losses against the Chargers and Chiefs were close, but both teams have equally talented rosters. The defeats to the Cardinals and Titans should have arguably gone the other way.
Thankfully, Las Vegas can make up some much-needed ground with a softer schedule on the horizon.
Per Jeff Howe of The Athletic, Las Vegas’ remaining strength of schedule is .442, which is the fourth-easiest in the league going forward. Their next six games are against the Texans (1-3-1), Saints (2-3), Jaguars (2-3), Colts (2-2-1), and Seahawks (2-3). All those teams have a record at or below .500 before Las Vegas plays the Chargers (3-2) in Week 13.
It’s not far-fetched to predict the Raiders would win five of their next six games in that timespan. They could even sweep that part of their schedule, bringing them to a 7-4 record in what is an AFC filled with parity. Vegas has to take it week-by-week, but a favorable schedule combined with a wide-open AFC works in their favor.