For the second season in a row, the Raiders lost five of their final six games down the stretch and were eliminated from playoff contention. This season, they had wins over the Chiefs and Browns and were sitting at 6-3 when the collapse came. Derek Carr finished the season with the most fumbles in the NFL and had to work with one of the worst defenses in the league. It was another forgettable season– the first one in Las Vegas– and fans appear to be growing tired of Jon Gruden. While his job isn’t in apparent danger this season, another collapse like 2019 and 2020 could be the final nail in the coffin for his job.
Free agency was a rollercoaster for Vegas, who complemented head-scratching moves like cutting-then-trading Pro Bowl center Rodney Hudson with splash signings like pass rusher Yannick Ngakoue. The Raiders also brought on Kenyan Drake to complete a one-two punch with Josh Jacobs. However, they took some heavy losses with Lamarcus Joyner and Maleik Collins bolting for new homes.
2021 could be a make-or-break year for Gruden, Carr, and several front office members for Vegas.
Las Vegas Raiders Week 1 odds
The Las Vegas Raiders open their 2021 season at home against the Baltimore Ravens, officially christening Allegiant Stadium. The Raiders are home underdogs on Monday Night Football. After starting 2020 with a 6-3 record and wins over Kansas City, New Orleans, and Cleveland, Vegas finished on a 2-5 skid that ended their season. The offseason saw them ship off staple offensive linemen like All Pro center Rodney Hudson and Pro Bowl tackle Trent Brown.
Jon Gruden and the Raiders front office failed to bring in any star receivers this offseason and instead opted to rely on the scant corps they have currently; however, they did sign running back Kenyan Drake to split some carries with Josh Jacobs. Baltimore finished fourth in run success rate allowed last season and fifth in rush EPA allowed, giving the Ravens the advantage in the ground game. Should the Ravens take away the run game from the Raiders, the offense will funnel through Darren Waller, who finished second in tight end receiving yards last season.
The line for the Raiders is unlikely to move drastically barring injury due to their home field advantage.
Las Vegas Raiders futures odds
Futures are long-term bets that can range from an offseason to a full season (or beyond). Team win totals, award winners, and player performance are common futures.
Raiders Super Bowl odds and other futures markets 2021
- Odds to win Super Bowl: +8000
- To win AFC: +4100
- To win AFC West: +2000
- Make playoffs: +340
- Raiders win total: 7 (-118)
Odds last updated July 12
Raiders prop bets
Prop bets are based on individual performance, typically surrounding players. Last season, Josh Jacobs had a projected rushing total of 66.5 yards in the Raiders’ Week 11 matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs. Those who thought Jacobs would rush for 67 or more yards would bet the over on his rushing props and those who thought he would fail to rush for 67 yards would bet the under. Jacobs only managed 55 yards on the ground that week, giving those who bet the under the win.
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Las Vegas Raiders 2021 schedule and betting odds
|Week||Date||Opponent||Kickoff Time||Opening Line|
|Week 1||Monday, Sept. 13||vs. Baltimore Ravens||8:15 p.m. ET||Ravens -6|
|Week 2||Sunday, Sept. 19||at Pittsburgh Steelers||1 p.m. ET||OTB|
|Week 3||Sunday, Sept. 26||vs. Miami Dolphins||4:05 p.m. ET||OTB|
|Week 4||Monday, Oct. 4||at LA Chargers||8:15 p.m. ET||OTB|
|Week 5||Sunday, Oct. 10||vs. Chicago Bears||4:05 p.m. ET||OTB|
|Week 6||Sunday, Oct. 17||at Denver Broncos||4:25 p.m. ET||OTB|
|Week 7||Sunday, Oct. 24||vs. Philadelphia Eagles||4:05 p.m. ET||OTB|
|Week 9||Sunday, Nov. 7||at New York Giants||1 p.m. ET||OTB|
|Week 10||Sunday, Nov. 14||vs. Kansas City Chiefs||8:20 p.m. ET||OTB|
|Week 11||Sunday, Nov. 21||vs. Cincinnati Bengals||4:05 p.m. ET||OTB|
|Week 12||Thursday, Nov. 25||at Dallas Cowboys||4:30 p.m. ET||OTB|
|Week 13||Sunday, Dec. 5||vs. Washington Football Team||4:05 p.m. ET||OTB|
|Week 14||Sunday, Dec. 12||at Kansas City Chiefs||1 p.m. ET||OTB|
|Week 15||Dec. 18 or Dec. 19 (Sat/Sun)||at Cleveland Browns||TBA||OTB|
|Week 16||Sunday, Dec. 26||vs. Denver Broncos||4:25 p.m. ET||OTB|
|Week 17||Sunday, Jan. 2||at Indianapolis Colts||1 p.m. ET||OTB|
|Week 18||Sunday, Jan. 9||vs. LA Chargers||4:25 p.m. ET||OTB|
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How to bet on the Las Vegas Raiders
The moneyline is the simplest of bets, decided by the straight-up winner and loser of each game. Consider the following example:
- Raiders +185
- Steelers -130
The Raiders are considered underdogs in this matchup (indicated by +185), paying out $285 total for a $100 bet ($185 in winnings). The Steelers are the underdog in this matchup, requiring a $130 bet to win $100 (plus the initial bet back). How much either team wins or loses by does not matter in moneyline betting, the payout remains the same.
Betting on the point spread is determinant on how many points a team wins or loses by. Take the following example:
- Raiders -2.5 (-110)
- Eagles +2.5 (-110)
In this example, Las Vegas is favored by 2.5 points, indicated by “-2.5.” If the Raiders win the game 24-21, the Raiders (-2.5) win the bet and would have a total payout of $19.09 on a $10 bet ($9.09 in profit). If the Eagles keep the game within three and lose 21-20, the Eagles (+2.5) would win, and the payout would be the same as listed above.
Point total (over/under)
The point total refers to the over/under line set by books. This number projects the total number of points scored in a game and, like prop betting, is bet whether one thinks the score will go over or under the set point total. For example a Raiders matchup with the Cleveland Browns had a projected point total of 50.5 points. Las Vegas won that game 16-6, totaling just 22 points. Those who bet under the point total would have cashed out from that week.
The Raiders defense struggled mightily this season, often getting Vegas into shootouts; they had point totals of 72, 71, and 66 points this season. Due to this (and Vegas’ ability to score in chunks, at times), the Raiders often saw higher projected point totals, typically between 54 and 58 points on a given week.
In-play and live betting
Sometimes, the most thrilling and rewarding bets are bets made while games are being played. These are referred to as live bets or in-play bets. Odds are ever-changing during games, which would prove to be fruitful for sharp and prepared bettors. For example, if the Raiders (-225) were heavily favored against the Jets (+190) before kickoff, a payout on a $10 bet on the Raiders to win would win just $4.44.
However, say the Raiders fell to a big 20-0 deficit in the first half despite controlling the overall game (due to a costly turnover or special teams gaffe). Odds may swing in favor of the Jets, who may be a -110 favorite at halftime. Taking the Raiders to come back and win the game could present plus-odds (say, +130). Should a bettor take Las Vegas (+130) at halftime and the Raiders pull off the comeback, winners would win $13 instead of $4.44 (plus the initial $10 bet).
This could also be an effective way to “hedge” your bet; say a bettor took the Jets (+190) in that game, but Vegas jumps out to a 16-0 first quarter lead and is controlling the overall feel of the game, bettors could hedge by throwing some money down on the Raiders (-270) to return some of the inevitably-lost bet.
Parlays and teasers
You can always string bets together in the form of parlays or teasers. Usually during busy Sundays, bettors can parlay several teams to win or cover against the spread and if all bets are successful, the payouts are multiplied. Teasers function similarly, except they allow bettors to move each point spread to a more favorable line in exchange for diminished odds.
Raiders 2020 recap
Record ATS: 8-8
Over/under record: 12-3-1
The Raiders, at one point, were 6-4 and looking like potential contenders for an AFC Playoff spot. However, Gruden’s team dropped five of six games down the stretch to finish 8-8 and outside the playoffs once again. The offense wasn’t an issue, ranking 10th in the NFL in points scored per game (27.1); the defense is what often kept them from victory, giving up the third-most points per game (29.9).
Vegas was middle-of-the-road when it came to their record against the spread; for every upset win over Cleveland or Kansas City, they had a blowout loss to Atlanta and a close call with the (at the time) winless Jets. The real eyebrow-raiser comes with their record against the point total, which was tied for best in the NFL (Titans). At the very least, Raiders games were high-flying, high-scoring affairs and were some of the most entertaining watches in the NFL this past season.
Raiders 2021 offseason moves
Re-signings: LB Nicholas Morrow (one year, $3.3 million), DL Jonathan Hankins (one year), G Denzelle Good (two years)
Free agent losses: S Lamarcus Joyner (to Jets), G Gabe Jackson (to Seahawks), Maleik Collins (to Texans), WR Nelson Agholor (to Patriots)
Free agent signings: EDGE Yannick Ngakoue (two years, $26 million), RB Kenyan Drake (two years, $14.5 million), DL Quinton Jefferson (one year, $4 million)
Draft picks: OT Alex Leatherwood, S Trevon Moehrig, S Divine Deablo, S Tyree Gillespie