3 bold predictions for the 2022 Raiders season

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The Silver and Black weathered a tumultuous season to reach the playoffs in 2021. But the Las Vegas Raiders have a new head coach. What can we expect?

Sometimes it’s hard to fathom just how far this franchise has fallen. This was a team that always seemed to be in the running for a Super Bowl title. And with a new head coach (Josh McDaniels) and a new general manager (Dave Ziegler) at the helm, maybe it’s time for the Raiders to become a stalwart contender again.

Last season the franchise made her first postseason appearance since 2016. But it was only second place in the playoffs for the club, dating back to 2003. And over the past 18 seasons, Silver and Black has a dismal 110-195 regular season record as well as a 0-2 playoff record.

Still, the team needs to build on last year. Ziegler has been aggressive this offseason in relation to free agency and trade. So here are three things worth betting on in Sin City as the Raiders prepare to play against the Chargers at the start of 2022.

3. QB Derek Carr posts career markers for most TD passes and least INT

During his eight-year career in the NFL, quarterback Derek Carr was somewhat underestimated. The three-time Pro Bowler has been the face of the Raiders throughout his somewhat brief career, in good times and bad.

The 2014 second-round pick from Fresno State has completed 65 percent of his passes, thrown for 31,700 yards and served more than twice as many touchdown passes (193) as interceptions (85).

But it might surprise some to know that he’s only thrown more than 30 TD passes once in a season (32 in 2015). Meanwhile, Carr has thrown at least 10 picks five times in eight years but a career-low six interceptions in 2016.

His production could change a lot this season, especially with the addition of All-Pro wide receivers Davante Adams — his former teammate at Fresno State — as well as head coach Josh McDaniels’ system.

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John Verrall

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