Last Updated Mar 21, 2022, 4:12 AM

Las Vegas Raiders Super Bowl Odds After Davante Adams Trade

Las Vegas Raiders Super Bowl Odds After Davante Adams Trade

The AFC West has become the most talented division in the NFL. The Los Angeles Chargerstraded for Khalil Mack last week, and the Denver Broncos finally landed a quarterback with their blockbuster trade for Russell Wilson a little over a week ago. It looked like the Las Vegas Raiders were set to come in last place in the division, but the Raiders decided to make a splash of their own by acquiring Davante Adams from the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night. That moved the Las Vegas Raiders’ Super Bowl odds down to 40-1.

Can Las Vegas Compete In The Loaded AFC West

Although the Kansas City Chiefs have won the division for six straight seasons, the other three teams in the AFC West are not content to just wait for their window. Denver and Los Angeles have elite quarterbacks in Wilson and Justin Herbert, and Las Vegas looks to be in win now mode too.

Davante Adams gives Derek Carr the No. 1 receiver he has lacked since the Raiders traded Amari Cooper to the Dallas Cowboys midway through the 2018 campaign. Adams has been named to the Pro Bowl for the last five years, and he was a First Team All-Pro in 2020 and 2021. There is a built-in rapport between Carr and Adams too, as the two players both played at Fresno State before being taken in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Las Vegas has tried to give Carr another weapon in recent years. First-round pick Henry Ruggs never really panned out before being released in the middle of last season, and Darren Waller dealt with injuries throughout 2021. However, Hunter Renfrow emerged as a solid underneath receiver, and he should be even more effective opposite a true No. 1 like Adams.

The Raiders ranked eighth in total offense in 2020 and 11th in total offense last year, so this could easily be a top six or seven offense in 2022 with the addition of Adams. However, the defense is still a big concern, especially in a division with Patrick Mahomes, Russell Wilson, and Justin Herbert.

Where Does This Leave Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay?

This move can’t sit well with Aaron Rodgers. Davante Adams has been Rodgers’ only reliable receiver for the last five years, and the leading returning receiver is now Allen Lazard who had 40 receptions for 513 yards and eight touchdowns last season. Marquez Valdes-Scantling is currently a free agent too, so this receiving corps is now one of the worst in the league.

Green Bay almost has to take a receiver with one of its picks in the first two rounds in order to placate its mercurial quarterback. The Packers now have picks 22, 28, 53, and 59 in next month’s NFL Draft as a result of the trade, so they have plenty of draft capital.

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