It is only fitting that the Las Vegas Raiders bolstered one of the best rosters they have had in years but face stiff competition in the AFC West.
While the Kansas City Chiefs appeared to take a step back after trading away Tyreek Hill, the Los Angeles Chargers and Denver Broncos revamped their teams with superstar additions. The Raiders were able to respond with several blockbuster moves and are now positioned to compete for a Super Bowl.
The AFC West will be the division to watch during the 2022 season, and people like K.J. Wright were not shy to name the Raiders as their pick to win it via NFL Total Access:
“Who’s No. 1, it’s gonna be the Las Vegas Raiders. That’s who I have as No.1,” Wright said. “And when you look at the offseason they put together, bringing in Josh McDaniels — he is a quarterback guru. He has the blueprint to get guys to the Super Bowl. And when you pair him with Derek Carr and you bring Derek Carr’s favorite weapon in in Davante Adams, I cannot wait to see those guys go to work this year.”
“And then on the defensive side, they bring in the best — in my opinion — pass rusher Chandler Jones, pairing him with Maxx Crosby, it’s going to be a fun team to watch. And so the Raiders are No. 1 in this division.”
Wright highlighted the team’s two big names in Chandler Jones and Davante Adams. Pair those two with new head coach Josh McDaniels and his staff, and it is hard not to feel bullish about the Silver and Black’s chances.
On paper, this may be the Raiders’ best chance to win another Super Bowl, but it will be difficult to truly tell how special this team is until they see game action.