Johnathan Abram made it clear the Las Vegas Raiders are not chasing anybody after their Week 5 win over the Kansas City Chiefs during the 2020 NFL season.
According to Abram, the only thing the Raiders are striving for is perfection.
“We’re not chasing anybody. We’re chasing perfection honestly.
“The only thing we’re chasing is perfection. If we continue to do that, we’ll end up where we want to be at the end of the season. That’s holding up the [Vince] Lombardi trophy,” Abram said about chasing the Chiefs in the AFC West.
The Raiders are correct to not get too high after a win over the defending champions as they must continue to win games in order to take control.
A Super Bowl LV appearance for Abram and the Raiders this season will likely depend on their ability to click and run on all cylinders, especially on offense.
If Derek Carr, Josh Jacobs, Darren Waller, and Henry Ruggs III are all able to compete at the highest level, they could be one of the best in the league.
However, the Raiders have a tough upcoming schedule with matchups against the Tampa Buccaneers, Cleveland Browns, and Chiefs all within the next five weeks.
If the Raiders can manage to win two of those games, they will be in a great position to make a 2020 NFL playoff run as their next opponents are the Atlanta Falcons, New York Jets, Denver Broncos, and then the Los Angeles Chargers.
After their 40-32 win against the reigning champions in Week 5, one Chiefs loss followed by a Raiders win would put the latter atop the AFC West division.
The Raiders managed to hand the Chiefs their first loss, but now they will need to take over the AFC West as well and Abram certainly has the right mentality.
If the Raiders can do so, a deep playoff run is not out of the question.