Raiders are a strong value bet in Vegas this season

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As we enter into the 17-game regular season in 2020, the Las Vegas Raiders are a huge value bet in several categories, including Super Bowl odds.

In the Las Vegas Raiders‘ first season in the Sin City, they are near the bottom in several main Vegas measures — Super Bowl odds (as high as +6000), AFC Championship odds (+2200), divisional odds (+800), and games favored in 2020 (three).

The Raiders had a strong draft, as they shored up their receiving corps as well as drafted cornerback Damon Arnette with their second pick in the first round.

Henry Ruggs, who is projected in the top-10 for the Offensive Rookie of the Year Award, would be the second Raiders player to ever win the award.

The only other player to win it is franchise all-time rushing leader Marcus Allen in 1982. The Raiders also signed Marcus Mariota, Nelson Agholor, and Jason Witten to help the offense.

Las Vegas also brought in former Los Angeles Rams linebacker Cory Littleton on a three-year, $36 million contract.

The Raiders lost safety Karl Joseph to the Cleveland Browns, but signed safety Damarious Randall and defensive tackle Maliek Collins to one-year contracts. In addition, linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski came to the Raiders from the Chicago Bears.

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Now that we know many of the new Raiders, let’s take a quick look at the main offensive guys returning from 2019.

Josh Jacobs heads into his second NFL season after playing just 45 percent of Oakland’s offensive snaps in 2019. Even so, Jacobs ranked third in rushing yards per game (88.5) and 10th in yards per rush attempt (4.8).

Among NFL players who played 14 games or fewer in 2019, Jacobs had the most rushing yards (1,150). He made the 2019 PFWA All-Rookie Team, his first of what will likely be many accolades in the NFL.

Meanwhile, the team will be hoping that three-time Pro Bowler Derek Carr returns to the NFL Top-100 list with his 2020 performance. Since Carr peaked as No. 11 on the list, he has not made a Pro Bowl.

However, his 2019 was a resurgence as he passed for 4,054 yards (eighth in NFL) and 7.9 yards per pass attempt (ninth). He also improved his completion percentage from 68.9 percent in 2018 (27th-best single-season percentage in NFL history) to 70.4 percent in 2019 (eighth-best in NFL history).

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The Raiders have the weapons to surprise people in the NFL this season and should be a good bet to do twice as well as their games favored total projection of three games.