Welcome to the end of season wrap-up for Around the AFC West. As has become the norm, the rest of the West is headed to the offseason with numerous questions surrounding coaching staffs, rosters, etc., while Kansas City is preparing for a postseason run.
Let’s take a look around the AFC West to see how the offseason will shape up and look ahead at the Chiefs attempt to #RunItBack.
Las Vegas Raiders
The Las Vegas Raiders ended their regular season with a trip to Denver to take on the Broncos. This game was meaningless when both teams entered as the Broncos had long been eliminated from playoff contention and the Raiders were still reeling from their insane loss to the Dolphins that took them out as well. More than anything, this game was to see who would enter the postseason with a better taste in their mouth.
This game came down to the final seconds. The Raiders scored and were able to convert a two-point conversion with 24 seconds left on the clock. The Broncos managed to get in field goal range thanks to the terrible defense of the Raiders with just 9 seconds left. The 63-yard attempt was blocked by Maxx Crosby handing the Raiders the one point victory and a trip to a worse draft pick.
The Raiders now enter the offseason looking for their defensive coordinator replacement. The Raiders defense was a huge problem this season, in that they have talent but can’t seem to put a good product on the field. Additionally, they will need to decide if Derek Carr continues as their franchise quarterback. He played well this year, but that still only led to an 8-8 season.
The Raiders have the 17th overall pick in the upcoming draft and probably need to add playmakers to their defense. If they can add some through free agency as well as through the draft while implementing a new defensive scheme under a new coordinator, maybe they have a shot at another Week 5 Super Bowl victory.