The Las Vegas Raiders have joined a small group in the NFL of teams fully vaccinated. Alongside them stands the Atlanta Falcons and reigning Super Bowl champions, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Raiders were one of the more adamant organizations in quelling COVID-19's impact on the new season. Last month, they introduced an initiative that will require fans to show proof of vaccination to attend games without masks. The organization worked in accordance with the state government to put a plan in place that'll best ensure the safety of Raiders fans.
“Health and safety has always been our number one priority. After consultation with Governor [Steve] Sisolak and other community leaders, this policy ensures that we will be able to operate at full capacity without masks for fully vaccinated fans for the entire season.”Mark Davis
On top of everything they've done inside, they'll also offer vaccinations on-site to fans before home games. Moreover, the Raiders introduced a vaccination screening for fans to make it easier to provide their required information. Las Vegas will kick off its 2021 campaign on Monday night as they host the Baltimore Ravens.
Previewing Las Vegas Raiders 2021 NFL Season
The Raiders' first season in Las Vegas didn't go as well as they hoped. Despite getting off to a positive 6-3 start, they couldn't maintain form and fell to an 8-8 record. Though they improved from 2019, they had once again failed to qualify for the postseason.
With an expanded schedule and playoff format, they'll have ample opportunity to climb the standings and make their first playoffs in five seasons. However, it won't come without great challenges ahead. As other AFC teams look to rise, the Raiders will have to perform at their peak to keep others at bay.
In addition, they'll have to contend inside what ought to be one of the more competitive divisions in the NFL. This year, the Kansas City Chiefs, LA Chargers, and Denver Broncos will all have their eyes set on postseason football.