The Las Vegas Raiders are turning some heads this season.
While they currently sit at 4-3, they have picked up some nice wins through the halfway point of the season.
Most notably, they defeated the defending Super Bowl champs in Kansas City.
In Week 2, they also beat the New Orleans Saints in their home opener.
Not too many were happy with the Raiders when they signed Jon Gruden to a 10-year contract.
But, he seems to be moving this franchise in the right direction.
At least, Colin Cowherd thinks so as he is buying stock on the Las Vegas Raiders.
Cowherd Believes The Raiders Are Suited To Beat Any NFL Team
Fox Sports Radio’s Colin Cowherd discusses his top 10 teams in the NFL every Tuesday.
The show refers to it as the, Herd Hierarchy.
This week, Cowherd presented a unique top 10.
“I think they’re a top 6 team” Cowherd says when discussing the Vegas Raiders.
Earlier in the year, Cowherd projected the Raiders to finish the season with 5 total wins.
Obviously, they have done enough to change his mind to now consider them one of the better teams in the NFL.
He also goes on to discuss the relationship between QB Derek Carr and HC Jon Gruden.
Carr has been playing very well with the Raiders and he is referred to as a “top 10 QB” by Cowherd.
On the same show, Cowherd goes on to say the following:
“I think the Raiders are the one team in the league that their good enough to make the playoffs. They are not good enough to win a bunch of playoff games but they could also beat everybody”
High praise for a Raider team that many speculated wouldn’t even make the playoffs in 2020, including Cowherd himself.
Will the Las Vegas Raiders Make The Playoffs?
There is no disputing that the Kansas City Chiefs are the favorite to win this division.
Although the Raiders beat them once — in fact, the only game the Chiefs lost — not many are anticipating them to complete the season sweep.
The Raiders best chance of making the playoffs is by earning a Wild Card spot.
ESPN’s Mike Clay released the strength of schedule rankings for the remainder of the season and the Raiders rank at #17.
— Mike Clay (@MikeClayNFL) November 3, 2020
Of the Raiders remaining schedule, 4 of their 7 opponent’s fall under the .500 mark.
That includes their Week 9 opponent, Los Angeles Chargers, who they will once again face in Week 15.
The Chargers can not be taken lightly as rookie QB Justin Herbert, is proving he belongs in this league.
Los Angeles has let many games slip out of their hands this season.
Their hardest two games remaining on the schedule are the Kansas City Chiefs and Indianapolis Colts.
I believe the magic number in the AFC is 9.
If that is the case, the Raiders need to win 5 of their remaining 9 games, which is possible.
It shall be interesting to see how the remainder of the season plays out for the Las Vegas Raiders.