2017 Las Vegas Raiders Season Win Total
Derek Carr will score
Derek Carr signed a record five-year, $125 million contract extension. The Raiders have their quarterback locked up and ready for another run at the playoffs, (3,937 passing yards and 28 touchdown passes in 2016). Tight end Jared Cook joined the Raiders after signing a two-year, $12.2 million contract. Cook caught 30 passes for 377 yards in 10 games with the Green Bay Packers last season, emerging as one of Aaron Rodgers’ favorite targets down the stretch.
Marshawn Lynch will make an interesting addition to the Raiders. He doesn’t need to carry the team. In fact, he will find himself in a supporting role this year. That should help keep him fresh later in the year when they will need a “beast mode” to win in cold weather games.
Raiders defense improvements
The Raiders used six of their nine picks, (first three picks) to improve the league’s 26th-ranked defense. Second-round safety Obi Melifonwu and third-round defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes need to contribute this year. The Raiders need to improve on a pass rush that ranked last with 25 sacks last year, 11 of which came from reigning defensive player of the year Khalil Mack.
The big question will be what happens to the top draft pick. The Raiders selected Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley in the first round. Just before the draft, Conley was accused of sexually assaulting a woman in Cleveland. Conley has said he is innocent and so far no charges have been filed
2017 Las Vegas Raiders Win Prediction
Barring another injury to quarterback Derek Carr, The Raiders have the talent to win another 12 games this season. The offense has improved and should be one of the top offenses in football. On defense, they used the draft to get help and I think that makes all the difference this year. I also like that there are head coaching changes in Denver and Los Angeles (Chargers). My win total prediction for the Raiders is 12.
2017 Las Vegas Raiders Season Betting Odds & Strategy
As you can see from the chart, the season win totals vary from one sportsbook to another. The most interesting sportsbook is 5Dimes. As they have several win totals to choose from. 5Dimes offers win totals from 8.5 wins up to 11.5 wins.
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