LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – It’s not everybody. It simply appears that method. Fans – particularly those that wager on NFL video games – are sky excessive on the Raiders.
Adam Pullen, assistant director of buying and selling at Caesars Sportsbook, says a significant cause for the betting buzz on the Raiders is the acquisition of standout huge receiver Davante Adams.
“Great offensive players change teams,” Pullen mentioned Friday, lower than 48 hours earlier than the Raiders have been to open their season on the street in opposition to the Los Angeles Chargers, an AFC West rival (1:25 p.m., KLAS). ”[Offensive players] get lots of buzz. Having Adams, reunited together with his school quarterback in Derek Carr, it could possibly be a game-changer.
“It’s the addition to the offense that gets people excited about how good this team can be.”
So since March, when in a span of 24 hours the Raiders traded for Adams and signed free-agent pass-rusher Chandler Jones, money on the Raiders has been pouring into Caesars Sportsbook.
And whereas Pullen understands the rationale for optimism – the Raiders are coming off a season by which they made the postseason – like most specialists, he admits the workforce has holes. The offensive line, dreadful in 2021, didn’t present a lot enchancment in a 4-0 exhibition season. The protection, whereas including Jones to a line that features one other sturdy rusher in Maxx Crosby, nonetheless has question marks, particularly within the secondary.
And what concerning the division, maybe the strongest within the NFL? There’s the Kansas City Chiefs, with tons of offense and narrowly lacking final season a 3rd straight Super Bowl look. The Denver Broncos acquired quarterback Russell Wilson. And with an already rugged protection, wouldn’t the Broncos be extra poised to take management of the division ought to the Chiefs falter? Or the Chargers, with gifted quarterback Justin Herbert? They’ve added ex-Raider Khalil Mack to a line of defense that features lightning fast pass-rusher Joey Bosa.
Broadcaster Trey Wingo, who compiled a Raiders betting information for Caesars Sportsbook, says the AFC West “is loaded. It’s an Avengers movie of superstars and heroes, just a murder’s row.” As for the Raiders, Wingo is quikc to level out reservations with the O-line and the protection.
Again, so why are followers so gung-ho on the Raiders?
KLAS sports activities director Chris Maathuis says a brand new teaching workers, for one, suggests measured enthusiasm. And a bunch of receivers that Carr ought to have enjoyable connecting with. Adding Adams to a unit that features tight finish Darren Waller and third-down specialist Hunter Renfrow means enhanced manufacturing.
“Even though the offensive line is somewhat in question, I believe coach Josh McDaniels will be able to come up with schemes to protect Carr,” Maathuis says.
On protection, Maathuis believes cornerback Nate Hobbs is an rising drive, a participant who may also help stabilize what has been an erratic unit.
“Sportsbooks have the Raiders at 8½ wins,” he says. “I’m going with nine. Would that be good enough to get the Raiders into the postseason? Probably not, but that’s how good this AFC West is. A good team is going to miss the postseason.”
Ron Futrell, Maathuis’ KLAS sports activities colleague, thinks the Raiders have large potential on offense. Like Maathuis, he likes the receivers and thinks that unit may create some magic with Carr. But rely Futrell among the noncommittal relating to making the playoffs.
“They still need to prove they can get the job done on defense,” Futrell mentioned.
He acknowledges the energy within the division and says Raiders followers needs to be ready for a enjoyable season. “Expect high-scoring games.”
Fans is likely to be anticipating extra. One ticket at Caesars is for $4,444 on the Raiders at 30-1 to win the Super Bowl. The potential win means cashing in for $133,320. Another ticket is out for $1,500 at +1,600 for the Raiders to win the convention. Potential payout is $24,000. There’s additionally a wager for $1,000 at +700 for the Raiders to win the division. Payout could be $6,000.
“The offense is solid,” Pullen says, “however that can solely take you up to now.
“They have to improve their defensive presence, and they have to be able to protect Carr.”