For the first time since 2013, the Raiders will start a quarterback not named Derek Carr. How will head coach Josh McDaniels and Las Vegas navigate this brand new era?
After the departure of Derek Carr and the introduction of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, there’s plenty to wonder about what this Las Vegas Raiders team will be able to achieve in a loaded AFC West this season.
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|What||2023/24 NFL Season|
|When||September 8th, 2023 - February 11th, 2024|
|How to watch||ESPN, FOX, NBC, CBS and on-demand with NFL Game Pass|
|Raiders Odds||To Win Division +1200, To Win Conference +2800, To Win SBLVIII +4000|
Third in AFC West (6-11)
There have been plenty of ins and outs since last season, with the major change coming in the quarterback position with the arrival of Garoppolo.
The Raiders have to contend with reigning champions Kansas City Chiefs being in the AFC West but Las Vegas will be hoping to be the best of the rest in a bid to make the playoffs this time around.
The Raiders kick-start their season with two road games, starting with a trip to Denver to face the Broncos on September 10th.
Las Vegas then play to the Buffalo Bills in Week 2, before the first home game of the campaign in Week 3 when the Raiders welcome the Pittsburgh Steelers to Allegiant Stadium.
The games against the Chiefs will always stand out on the schedule because they have won the Raiders' division for seven seasons running and are the reigning NFL champions.
The Raiders will have to wait until Week 12 until their first meeting with the Chiefs, when Kansas City heads to Vegas on November 26th.
Las Vegas head to the home of the reigning champions at Arrowhead Stadium for a Christmas Day showdown.
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After playing a role in three Patriots Super Bowl championships, Josh McDaniels was hired as head coach of the Broncos at the age of 33.
He was given almost as much power as his former boss Bill Belichick had at Foxborough and used it to trade starting quarterback as he tried to reshape the organization into something more like the Patriots.
He won his first six games as a head coach but then lost 17 of his next 22 and was fired amid a videotaping scandal.
Returning to New England after a brief stint as OC with the St Louis Rams, McDaniels was part of the Patriots staff on three more Super Bowl titles and became the Raiders' first choice when they interviewed for the head coaching position after the 2021 season.
In 2018, he accepted the Indianapolis Colts job before withdrawing from the position the same day he was announced to stay on with the Pats.
QB Jimmy Garoppolo
QB Brian Hoyer
LB Amari Burney
WR DeAndre Carter
T Alex Bars
DT John Jenkins
CB Duke Shelley
CB David Long
TE Austin Hooper
DE Jordan Willis
S Jaquan Johnson
G Jermaine Eluemunor
WR Phillip Dorsett
LB Robert Spillane
S Marcus Epps
DB Brandon Facyson
WR Jakobi Meyers
WR Phillip Dorsett
CB Isiah Brown
CB Bryce Cosby
S Jalen Elliott
TE Cole Fotheringham
G Vitaliy Gurman
G Jordan Meredith
OT Sebastian Gutierrez
WR Chris Lacy
WR D.J. Turner
QB Derek Carr
P Julian Diaz
WR Isaiah Zuber
LS Trent Sieg
TE Darren Waller
|Offensive MVP||Jimmy Garoppolo|
|Defensive MVP||Maxx Crosby|
|Top rookie||DE Tyree Wilson (1st round pick)|
|Breakout star||OL Dylan Parham|
All eyes will be on how Garoppolo adapts to his new environment under coach McDaniels in Las Vegas.
If the playmaker can put his previous injury woes behind him, he has the ability to be a prized asset for the Raiders going forward.
Defensive end Maxx Crosby looks set for another big season, while there is plenty of excitement about rookie Tyree Wilson as he embarks on his first campaign in the NFL.
The 23-year-old Dylan Parham is another player to keep an eye on, with the offensive guard looking capable of positing impressive numbers in the highly-anticipated new season.
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