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GM Mike Mayock says Raiders ‘need to be a playoff team this year’

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The Las Vegas Raiders have excessive expectations for themselves coming into 2021. Whereas they have not had a successful season or made a playoff look since 2016, basic supervisor Mike Mayock mentioned this week that it is time the Raiders get again to the postseason.

“Jon [Gruden] and I’ll each inform you that we really feel like we should be a playoff group this yr, and I do not suppose there’s any doubt about that,” Mayock mentioned, via ESPN. “You guys are all going to place that in your headlines, and I perceive it, however that is what the expectation is. We expect we have executed the infrastructure work obligatory to place us in place, and we have to care for enterprise.”

The Raiders completed with an 8-8 document final season in what was yet one more marketing campaign stuffed with ups and downs. At one level, the Raiders have been 6-3 and appeared like a sleeper within the AFC. (They even handed Patrick Mahomes his solely lack of the common season!) Then Vegas flopped on the finish of the yr, shedding 5 out of their final seven video games. First-round decide Henry Ruggs III did not make an impression, the protection allowed the third-most factors within the league and basic inconsistencies marred what as soon as seemed to be the beginnings of a profitable marketing campaign.

Even when the Raiders discovered a method to buckle down and keep away from out-of-character losses, residing within the AFC West does not assist. The Kansas City Chiefs have been division champions yearly since 2016, the Los Angeles Chargers have discovered an thrilling new franchise quarterback in Justin Herbert and the Denver Broncos have a really gifted roster and a brand new veteran signal-caller in Teddy Bridgewater. The Raiders play the eighth-toughest schedule in 2021 primarily based off of opponents mixed 2020 win proportion, however this roster has confirmed they will beat anybody in any given week. They’ll additionally lose to anybody in any given week.

Phrases are simply phrases at this level, as all 32 NFL teams have playoff hopes and desires coming into the brand new yr. Now, the Raiders simply must exit and meet their purpose.

“It is all the time good to listen to any individual say that,” Raiders proprietor Mark Davis mentioned about Mayock’s playoff feedback, “however let’s exit and do it. I might be far more impressed in the event that they did it.”

Can the Raiders’ protection step it up this season? Will Henry Ruggs escape? Get the CBS Sports app and discover out, all from our group of veteran insiders. If in case you have the app, set the Raiders as your favourite group for even sooner updates.

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