They probably pose the smallest threat to the LA Chargers in the AFC West, but the Las Vegas Raiders are undoubedly the Bolts' biggest rivals.
That says a lot given Justin Herbert and Patrick Mahomes are two of the game's best quarterbacks, but there's a different feel in the air whenever the Chargers and Raiders lock horns.
The rivalry is so fervent that even Las Vegas owner Mark Davis took shots at the Bolts' fan base in explaining his opposition to the league's new Thursday Night Football flex rules. One would think Davis would be more concerned about the status of his own team, but perhaps that explains why the Raiders are where they are.
Look no further than the offseason Las Vegas put together. Whereas the Chargers re-signed multiple key free agents and earned strong reviews for their 2023 draft, the Raiders downgraded at quarterback and traded one of the offense's top weapons in Darren Waller.
Pro Football Focus recently graded every team's 2023 offseason. The Chargers earned a deserved A-, while the Raiders got a lowly C+.
PFF's offseason grades are awful look for Raiders, comedy for Chargers fans
The Raiders' C+ is tied for the second-worst grade among all teams. It's almost a surprise they didn't receive a lower grade.
Here's what PFF's Sam Monson said of LV's quarterback conundrum.
"After Derek Carr's Raiders tenure ended unceremoniously last season, the team needed a new plan at quarterback. Settling on Jimmy Garoppolo as the answer felt like a very underwhelming resolution, particularly when it was followed up by avoiding a quarterback in the draft until the fourth round."
Keep in mind this article was written after the latest Garoppolo injury update. The veteran quarterback actually failed his physical with the Raiders initially. As a result, both sides agreed to a revised contract that allows Vegas to cut him loose if his surgically-repaired foot doesn't heal.
Even if Garoppolo manages to stick around, the Raiders will still enter the new season with major questions at quarterback. To rub salt in the wound, they waited until the fourth round to draft a QB in Purdue's Aidan O'Connell and their previous five picks did little to move the needle.
While O'Connell is a nice pocket passer, the odds are stacked against him as a fourth-round pick to evolve into a franchise quarterback.
Regardless, this all presents another opportunity for Chargers fans to laugh at the Raiders' expense. It obviously won't mean anything if Justin Herbert and company don't take care of business on the field, but it's pretty clear which AFC West team is trending in the wrong direction.