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2022 Opponent Breakdown: Las Vegas Raiders

Continuing our series of offseason opponent breakdowns following the 2022 schedule release, examines Los Angeles' Week 14 Thursday Night Football home opponent, the Las Vegas Raiders (Dec. 8, 5:15 p.m. PT, Amazon Prime Video). TICKETS | SUITES



The Raiders got off to a strong start winning their first three games of the season, before suffering back-to-back losses in Weeks 4 and 5.

After Week 5, then-head coach Jon Gruden resigned after the New York Times reported he used racist, misogynistic and homophobic language in emails dating back to 2010.

With special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia installed as the interim head coach, Las Vegas won its next two games for a 5-2 overall record heading into their Week 8 bye. However, coming out of the bye, it lost five of its next six games – needing overtime to beat the Dallas Cowboys in a 36-33 thriller on Thanksgiving for that lone win – jeopardizing its playoff chances. Thanks to winning their final four games, though, the Raiders managed to finish 10-7, their fourth and final victory clinching a Wild Card spot in the AFC playoff picture in a win-and-in scenario against the Chargers in Week 18.

Ultimately, Las Vegas' postseason stay was short, as it fell to the Bengals 26-19 in Cincinnati.


The Raiders were busy across the front office, coaching staff and roster making adjustments.

In mid-January, they fired general manager Mike Mayock after three seasons and replaced him with former Patriots Director of Player Personnel Dave Ziegler. They chose not to retain Bisaccia as the permanent head coach, instead hiring former Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels as Gruden's replacement.

Perhaps the biggest move of all, though, was acquiring wide receiver Davante Adams in a blockbuster trade with the Packers, sending a first-round pick (No. 22 overall) and second-round pick (No. 53 overall) in this year's draft to Green Bay for the All-Pro talent. In doing so, Las Vegas reunited starting quarterback Derek Carr with his college receiver.

What to watch for

Rams secondary vs. the Carr-Adams connection

The Raiders will be the second team the Rams will face that reunited their starting quarterback with their college receiver this offseason, the other being the Cardinals (Kyler Murray with Marquise Brown).

At its peak at Fresno State, the Carr-Adams connection helped Carr lead the FBS with 5,083 passing yards and 50 passing touchdowns in 2013, while Adams led the FBS in receptions (131) and receiving touchdowns (24) and finished second in receiving yards (1,719).

As The Ringer's Rodger Sherman detailed last month, those reunions have not always been as explosive and productive as what teams saw last season with the Bengals' Joe Burrow and Ja'Marr Chase. But if Carr and Adams can recapture that 2013 magic, it will make things difficult for opposing defenses.

By Week 14, the Rams' secondary will have a pretty good idea of its effectiveness and the challenges it could present. If that connection picks up where it left off in college, limiting will be a big key for Los Angeles to earn a primetime win in early December.

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