The Las Vegas Raiders tumbled to an unexpected 6-11 record in 2022 despite not playing an overly difficult schedule.
As they try to bounce back in 2023, they will be challenged with a tougher schedule in theory. According to NFL analyst Warren Sharp, based off of the 2022 standings, the Raiders have the fourth toughest schedule in the NFL in 2023.
NEW: NFL strength of schedule for 2023!— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) April 13, 2023
5 easiest schedules:
5 hardest schedules:
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The Raiders had seven games against teams that made the playoffs in 2022. They went 2-5. This season, the Raiders have eight games against teams that went to the playoffs.
we can compare 2023 forecasted schedule strength with 2022 actual schedule strength to see which teams may be in a better place...— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) April 13, 2023
top-5: Bears, Steelers, Panthers, Saints, Bengals
and which teams are not...
bottom-5: Chiefs, Raiders, Chargers, Cowboys, Eagles
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A big reason why the Raiders have a tough schedule is that they play in the AFC East where the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles Chargers both made the playoffs last season. Four of Las Vegas’ 17 games are against the two teams. Of course, the AFC in general, is tough. It’s no mistake the teams with the five toughest schedules in 2023, according to Sharp, are in the AFC.
So, the Raiders must improve in Josh McDaniels’ second season as head coach, the schedule won’t make it easy.
In other Raiders news:
- O-lineman coming? The Las Vegas Review-Journal looks at how the Raiders may draft an offensive lineman next week.
- ESPN mock: Check out who ESPN thinks is coming to the Raiders in its three-round mock draft.
- 2024 mock? Yep, that’s right. Here’s one by the Pro Football Network.