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|
|Raiders Odds||To Win Division +1200, To Win Conference +2800, To Win SBLVIII +4000|
Third in AFC West (6-11)
One of the NFL’s greatest ever franchises has been anything but since the turn of the century.
For a club that has two playoff appearances and zero playoff wins since reaching the Super Bowl in 2002, it makes sense why the Raiders are a longer shot to win the AFC West (+1200) than they are to have the Worst Regular Season Record in the NFL (+1100).
Once-franchise QB Derek Carr’s abrupt dismissal at the end of last season means Vegas has to start from scratch at the most important position on the field, too.
With Jimmy Garoppolo now under center, the Raiders have one of the league’s lowest Regular Season Win Totals at O/U 6.5. Las Vegas is fourth-favorite to have the Worst Regular Season Record at +1100.
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 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.
Odds displayed within this article were correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.