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Derek Carr of the Las Vegas Raiders passes against the Denver Broncos | Dustin Bradford/Getty Images

Derek Carr Contract: The Las Vegas Raiders QB’s Massive $120M Deal Isn’t What It Seems

The 2022 Las Vegas Raiders schedule will be one of the hardest in the NFL for one simple reason: The team plays in the AFC West, which suddenly became the toughest division in football this offseason.

The AFC West already had one of the best teams in the league in the Kansas City Chiefs and an up-and-coming organization in the Las Angeles Chargers. Now, with Russell Wilson heading to the Denver Broncos, this division is a murderers’ row.

The Raiders got much better this offseason, though, just like the Chiefs, Chargers, and Broncos did. Reuniting quarterback Derek Carr with college teammate Davante Adams was step one, and adding feared pass-rusher Chandler Jones was step two.

Plus, even without many picks this year, the Raiders added some solid pieces on draft weekend. Memphis offensive lineman Dylan Parham was a steal at No. 90, and Georgia running back Zamir “Zeus” White makes the Raiders O even more explosive.

New head coach Josh McDaniels has his work cut out for him, but if he can bring a little bit of the “Patriot Way” to Sin City, the Raiders could be a true championship contender in 2022.

Did the Raiders do enough to compete in the historically talented AFC West? And, in his second time around as a head coach, is McDaniels the man for the job?

2022 Las Vegas Raiders Schedule

1@ Los Angeles ChargersSunday, Sept. 114:25 p.m. ETCBS
2vs. Arizona CardinalsSunday, Sept. 184:25 p.m. ETCBS
3@ Tennessee TitansSunday, Sept. 251:00 p.m. ETFOX
4vs. Denver BroncosSunday, Oct. 24:25 p.m. ETCBS
5@ Kansas City ChiefsMonday, Oct. 108:15 p.m. ETESPN
6Bye WeekN/AN/AN/A
7vs. Houston TexansSunday, Oct. 234:05 p.m. ETCBS
8@ New Orleans SaintsSunday, Oct. 301:00 p.m. ETCBS
9@ Jacksonville JaguarsSunday, Nov. 61:00 p.m. ETCBS
10vs. Indianapolis ColtsSunday, Nov. 134:05 p.m. ETCBS
11@ Denver BroncosSunday, Nov. 204:05 p.m. ETFOX
12@ Seattle SeahawksSunday, Nov. 274:05 p.m. ETCBS
13vs. Los Angeles ChargersSunday, Dec. 44:25 p.m. ETCBS
14@ Los Angeles RamsThursday, Dec. 88:15 p.m. ETPrime Video
15vs. New England PatriotsSunday, Dec. 188:20 p.m. ETNBC
16@ Pittsburgh SteelersSaturday, Dec. 248:15 p.m. ETNFL Network
17vs. San Francisco 49ersSunday, Jan. 14:05 p.m. ETFOX
18vs. Kansas City ChiefsTBDTBDTBD

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