Anyone who wants to hit the Oakland Raiders‘ Super Bowl odds at 250-to-1 might as well throw it in the road or burn it. Jumping on the +2000 division title odds — given Von Miller‘s suspension, Peyton Manning‘s age and uncertainty across the division — could be so crazy it works. I would not endorse it, but not try to have you committed.
(The first number is from Aug. 23; the second in parenthesis from roughly three months ago.)
Super Bowl Odds: 250-to-1 (150-to-1)
Division Title Odds: +2000 (+2000)
Season Win Total Line: 5.5 (5.5)
Many jokes have been made about how the Raiders are basically assembling an NFL Europe squad. This mostly starless batch of cheap contracts clears about $40 million in cap space for the 2014 free agency period and that doesn’t exactly inspire confidence for hitting the 6-win mark this coming season.
With all these eyes on the future, Oakland’s chances at becoming a pleasant surprise in 2013 rest on three big names that probably won’t be around next year.
Darren McFadden flashed some brilliant things for portions of the 2010 and 2011 season, and hopes to find that form again after a down year running behind a zone-blocking scheme, which the Raiders have ditched after that one-season experiment. I imagine Oakland will part ways with Run-DMC regardless of his performance in this contract year so McFadden has plenty to prove.
Matt Flynn serves as merely a stop-gap in the eyes of many experts and Raiders fans; the caretaker for a trip to a top-five selection. If he’s just above-average this team could certainly clear 5.5 wins — before drafting a first-round quarterback anyways.