5 reasons Raiders can win the Super Bowl this year

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In the third season of Jon Gruden 2.0 with the Raiders, the team moves to Las Vegas for a fresh start in a new stadium — can the team win it all in 2020?

The new season brings a new city, a new stadium, and the same hopes and dreams for head coach Jon Gruden and the Las Vegas Raiders.

The team finished a disappointing 7-9 in the 2019 season, and certainly finished in a lackluster fashion, losing five of its’ final six contests after starting the season 6-4.

But 2020 brings not only new hope but also new reasons to believe that this year can be different.

Here are five reasons that Las Vegas can win Super Bowl LV.

5. Scheduling

The Raiders have a brutal start to the season which sees them face four 2020 playoff teams, plus the new-look Tampa Bay Buccaneers, in the first six weeks of their season. But, once they hit Week Seven, the last 10 games on their slate feature just one playoff team from a season ago (their second meeting with the Kansas City Chiefs).

If Las Vegas is going to compete for the playoffs, and ultimately the Super Bowl, it will require them getting on a roll to build the confidence of their young franchise and perhaps as or more importantly, to build confidence in their struggling but talented veteran quarterback.

The schedule should play a huge part in that for the Raiders, as the last half of the season will provide every opportunity to get hot. If the team can get on a roll, they can ride that wave all the way to Tampa Bay, and a Lombardi Trophy.