The NFL preseason kicked off Thursday night time with the Corridor of Fame Sport, that includes the Las Vegas Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars.
Las Vegas gained 27-11, and its efficiency piqued the curiosity of many across the league, together with Skip Bayless, who was enthralled with the Raiders’ preseason debut and is predicting they are going to win 11 video games this season en path to profitable the treacherous AFC West.
“I just liked the Raiders’ body language [Thursday] night,” Bayless mentioned. “I liked the way they came across as a group on the field. I like how they carried themselves, even the second- and third-team guys. Their body language looked like they were extremely confident, like they believe they will be really good this year.
“I’ll go utterly out on a limb right here: This feels just like the staff that might shock that division and win it this 12 months.”
Are Raiders a darkish horse to win AFC West?
Skip Bayless is offered on the Raiders profitable the troublesome AFC West.
Bayless famous his religion in Josh McDaniels, even after his humbling teaching expertise with the Denver Broncos over a decade in the past. He believes McDaniels’ power in situational playcalling is best than most, and can translate into wins for the Raiders.
Bayless additionally mentioned that Derek Carr stays underrated, and McDaniels will convey the very best out of the ninth-year quarterback.
And remember, Carr will now throw to celebrity wideout Davante Adams.
“McDaniels is coaching [Carr] and calling plays for him,” Bayless mentioned. “He’s throwing to not just some receiver but his college teammate who is the best receiver in football in Davante Adams.”
Bayless additionally praised the remainder of the choices in Carr and McDaniel’s offensive arsenal.
“As a slot receiver, I’m not sure if there’s anybody better than Hunter Renfrow. Cooper Kupp plays more on the outside, obviously, but Hunter Renfrow is really underrated to me.”
Renfrow, 26, hauled in 103 receptions for 1,038 yards and 9 touchdowns final season, together with 80.5% of all his targets. After which there’s tight finish Darren Waller, who’s coming off an intermittent season the place he missed a sport as a consequence of COVID-19 and 5 weeks towards the top of the 12 months with a knee harm. Nonetheless, in 11 video games, he caught 55 balls for 665 yards and two touchdowns.
“We all know Darren Waller is a pure pass-catching tight end,” Bayless mentioned. “He’s top three or four. So if you want to talk about weaponry, that’s some weaponry.”
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