Are the 2017 Oakland Raiders Overrated?

The Oakland Raiders are one of the most talked about teams in the National Football League. Every year the Raiders get discussed leading up to the start of a new season. This off season however has been different. The 2017 Oakland Raiders are being talked about as Super Bowl contenders.

Talk of the Town

Leading up to the start of the season the Raiders have made the most headlines. First it was the move as the Raiders are going to be the first team to ever play in Las Vegas. Then the Raiders coaxed running back Marshawn Lynch out of retirement. Next up is the monster contract that the Raiders rewarded their quarterback, Derek Carr. All of this excitement led to man Silver and Black fans believing that this team could go to and win the Super Bowl.

Betting on Silver and Black

The excitement of the Raiders upcoming season bled over to the sportsbooks in Las Vegas as well as one of the best rated online sports betting sites. Many respectable bettors are betting big money on the Raiders this season. This includes the win total bets, point spreads and the Super Bowl of course. Bet on the Raiders at MyBookie.ag and signup using promo code CHASER to get a 100% bonus and a Free $25 casino bet! 

2017 Oakland Raiders Win Total

The opening line for the 2017 Oakland Raiders win total is 9.5 (over -110). MyBookie.ag and other sports betting sites have indicated that the Raiders are the team that is getting the most betting action. This includes the number of bets and the number of dollars being bet on the Raiders. Due to the betting action the Raiders Over/under on the season has now moved and can be found here.

Last Season Missed Opportunity

The Raiders are a very good team. Last season if not for a devastating late-season broken leg suffered by Derek Carr many believed that the Raiders could have taken down the New England Patriots. Carr an offense that can score against any team in the league and they seem to be a lock for the playoffs. Now healthy with new parts on both sides of the ball, many believe that this is the season for the Silver and Black.

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Winning the AFC West

For as good as the Raiders are they are not even the favorite to win the AFC West. They have the same odds to win the AFC West as the Kansas City Chiefs. Both the Chiefs and the Raiders are at (+180) to win the West.

Are they overrated?

The Raiders are a very good team but they have some things they need to consider. The move to Las Vegas is not happening immediately and will provide a distraction all season long. Lynch is an aging running back that took a year off and is expecting to carry the load for the Raiders. The Raiders also end the NFL schedule with three of the last four games on the road. These are things that need to be considered.

Super Bowl or Bust?

The Raiders odds to win Super Bowl LI are 15 to 1. There are several other teams that better odds to win the Super Bowl including the Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers and the New England Patriots.  The Raiders are not even favored to win the AFC as the Patriots, Chiefs, Broncos and Steelers all have better odds to win the AFC. Here are the Raiders odds to win the AFC.

The Verdict

The Raiders are not overrated. But they are not a team that can win a Super Bowl this year. They Raiders are improving. Barring injury they will be one of the best teams in the AFC this season. But pump the breaks before believing the Raiders can win a championship!