Raiders’ Super Bowl odds plummet after Week 1 loss
The Oakland Raiders suffered a disappointing 33-13 loss in Week 1 to the Los Angeles Rams on Monday Night Football, which has brought down the level of expectations surrounding the franchise with head coach Jon Gruden back in the fold.
This has significantly pushed down the betting odds from BetOnline.ag to 80-1 regarding the Raiders’ chances to win Super Bowl 53.
It was porous showing from the Raiders that has deflated the overall perception around them that they can compete for a Super Bowl this year. Oakland had a strong showing in the first half against Los Angeles holding a 13-10 lead with Pro Bowl quarterback Derek Carr leading the charge offensively that had paced them to a possible upset of the Rams in the season opener.
However, the script was flipped in the second half with the Rams taking complete control holding the Raiders scoreless while notching 23 unanswered points in the final two quarters of play. Oakland’s efforts were ended with self-inflicted mistakes with three interceptions from Carr that gave Los Angeles full control of the game. This was capped off by an interception returned for a touchdown by Pro Bowl cornerback Marcus Peters. Aside from tight end, Jared Cook’s big performance with nine catches for 180 receiving yards, it was a disappointing all-around performance.
This has shifted things in Oakland with their struggles on the field against the Rams opening up some potentially troublesome issues that the team could face much of which is on defense.
The departure of All-Pro defensive end Khalil Mack was quite noticeable as it allowed for Pro Bowl quarterback Jared Goff to pick apart the secondary and move the ball down the field primarily on play action. It is still quite early in the season, and things could turn around, but it wasn’t an encouraging start by any means for the Raiders.