2021 Season Preview: Is this the year that Raiders fans see coach Jon Gruden catapult his team into the playoffs? The Raiders seem to have a new look every year, so it is hard to tell whether they will win 10 games or lose 10 games in the NFL’s new 17-game season. Derek Carr leads an offense that features running back Josh Jacobs and tight end Darren Walker. The defense has some talent, but may still struggle to stop the league’s top quarterbacks.
2020 Season Roundup: The Raiders’ first season in Las Vegas ended with a so-so 8–8 record. Three losses in their final four games ended any hope of a playoff appearance. The Vegas offense was exciting at times, including a 40–32 win over the Chiefs. But that was followed by a 45–20 loss to the Buccaneers. Derek Carr had his third 4,000-yard season in a row, Josh Jacobs scored 12 touchdowns in his second NFL season, and tight end Darren Waller had another great year with 107 catches.
2020 Season Preview: Viva Las Vegas! That’s what the Raiders are saying as they start their first season in an incredible new stadium in Nevada. The team is cooking up a wide-open offense for its new fans, starring first-round pick Henry Ruggs and veteran quarterback Derek Carr. Tight end Darren Waller will still play an important role in short-yardage situations. The defense is full of question holes, but there is enough talent to plug them—and even make the playoffs.
2019 Season Roundup: The Raiders won 7 games in a rebuilding season, which isn’t bad. The team was in the playoff hunt right to the final week, despite a four-game losing streak in the second half of the season. Rookie Josh Jacobs topped 1,000 rushing yards and quarterback Derek Carr set a new career-best with 4,054 passing yards.
The Raiders played their last season in Oakland and decided to move to Las Vegas, Nevada for the 2020 season.
2019 Season Preview: All-Pro receiver Antonio Brown and first-rounder Josh Jacobs at running back give quarterback Derek Carr a couple of exciting weapons in 2019. The Raiders will need them, because there are no easy wins in the AFC West. Oakland’s defense will have to play its best to keep the offense in games. If they do, it could be a very interesting playoff race in the division.
2018 Season Roundup: The Raiders won only two of their first 12 games and finished 4–12 in the return of coach Jon Gruden. The team traded its best player, Amari Cooper, in October and received a first-round draft pick in return. Quarterback Derek Carr was solid, but he didn’t have much young talent to work with. Veterans Jared Cook, Marshawn Lynch and Doug Martin had good years but were not difference-makers. The Oakland defense was the worst in the AFC.
2018 Season Preview: If the Raiders can control enemy passing attacks, they should be competitive in 2018. Injuries and inexperience have slowed the pass defense, wasting great efforts from pass rushers Bruce Irvin and Khlail Mack, who was traded to the Bears during training camp. Derek Carr will look to lead a so-so offense that features veterans Marshawn Lynch and Jordy Nelson. Oakland fans probably would consider an 8–8 record a success.
2017 Season Roundup: Many people picked the Raiders to go all the way in 2017, but they finished with just six wins. A pair of four-game losing streaks—including their final four games—doomed Oakland’s season. Khalil Mack starred on defense for the Raiders, while QB Derek Carr completed 20 or more passes to eight different teammates.
2017 Season Preview: In 2016, the Raiders’ formula for success was a fast, hard-hitting defense plus mistake-free offense. Can they do it again? That will be one of the big stories in the NFL. QB Derek Carr is recovered from his broken leg and running back Marshawn Lynch has un-retired to wear the silver and black. If the team rushes the passer and covers receivers as well as it did last year, 2017 could be a season to remember.
2016 Season Roundup: After years of struggle, the Raiders finally put it all together and became one of the top teams in the AFC with a 12–4 record. Quarterback Derek Carr led the offense and lineman Khalil Mack led the defense. In all, seven Oakland players were named to the Pro Bowl and Mack was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Unfortunately, Carr was injured late in the season and the Raiders fell to the Texans 27–14 in the playoffs.
2016 Season Preview: Does young talent plus high-priced free agents equal a division title? Raiders fans can’t wait to find out. Oakland has a dependable quarterback in Derek Carr and exciting receivers in Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree. But it is the awesome line that gives the Raiders an edge on offense. On defense, Khalil Mack may get some voted for Defensive Player of the Year in 2016. He leads a unit that signed a trio of solid pass defenders in the off-season
2015 Season Preview: Derek Carr did a great job in 2014 with little help from teammates. In 2015, the young QB will have better blocking and an exciting target in rookie Amari Cooper. The defense has a way to go, but Raider Nation may have a lot to cheer about this year.
September 2, 2014: Oakland fans will need a program to recognize their players this season, as the team added more than a dozen new players. Among the more notable are defensive stars Justin Tick and Lamarr Woodley, along with running back Maurice Jones-Drew and quarterback Matt Schaub. The Raiders should be entertaining in 2014, but it is impossible to guess how many games they will win.
October 28, 2013: Terrelle Pryor set an NFL record for quarterbacks when he ran for a 93-yard touchdown against the Steelers.
September 4, 2013: Oakland fans may not have much to get excited about in 2013. The team has talent at almost every position, but many of the players are newcomers. Plus, the Raiders face a tougher schedule than they did in 2012, when they won only four games. The Raiders drafted good players who will see lots of time as rookies, but it's hard to say if any has any real star power. As Oakland tries to sort out its option at quarterback, the team will need a huge year from Darren McFadden, which the pressure is on the offensive line to come together.
February 2, 2013: The Raiders went through a frustrating season, finishing 4–12. The highlight of the year was a 34–31 victory over the Steelers. Their other three wins came against the AFC’s two worst clubs—the Jaguars and Chiefs. Carson Palmer threw for more than 4,000 yards, but the defense allowed 153 points more than the offense scored.
Summer, 2012: Carson Palmer and Darren McFadden give the Raiders a good offense. To do better than 8–8 (their record in 2010 and 2011), they will need to improve their defense and cut way down on their penalties. They set a record last year by averaging more than 10 penalties a game!