It wasn’t time to panic when the Oakland Raiders managed just over 100 yards and 10 points in a loss to Washington. It wasn’t even considered when they scored 10 points again in a loss to the Broncos to fall to 2-2. It might be time to panic after the Raiders matched their loss total from last season, dropping their fourth straight game in a loss to the Chargers. There isn’t much time to wallow in the most recent setback with a Week 7 Thursday Night Football contest against division-leading Kansas City up next.
The Raiders were a favorite to win the AFC West before the season opened and looked the part through the first two weeks, smashing the Titans and Jets to open on a good note. But it’s been a downhill slide ever since and the offense has been almost non-existent. The Raiders averaged over 384 total yards and 35.5 points in those first two outings, but those numbers have tumbled to 225.3 yards and 13.3 points in the last four.
Derek Carr missed most the second half of the Week 5 loss to Denver and sat out the following game with a back injury. But the woes began a few games before that. Carr returned for Sunday’s game with the Chargers but he couldn’t revive the offense. The Raiders managed just 274 yards with Carr throwing for 171 on 30 attempts. His longest pass went for 23 yards and a majority of his throws were within five yards of the line of scrimmage. The injury could be lingering, but the Raiders need to open up the offense to get out of their slumber.
2017 Record: 2-4
2017 ATS Record: 2-4
2017 Over/Under Total Record: 2-4
Current Super Bowl Odds: +4000
Current Odds to Win AFC: +1600
Current Odds to Win AFC West: +900
Current NFL Odds: Raiders +3
Over/Under Total: 47.5
Week 6: Chargers 17, Raiders 16
ATS Result: Chargers +3
Over/Under Total Result: Under 48.5
For a fourth straight game the Raiders just couldn’t generate enough offense and they failed to cover once again. Carr was limited with his throws, keeping the passing game under wraps, and a missed extra point kept the door open for the Chargers to drive for the game-winning field goal. Oakland played well defensively and cashed the under for a fourth time, but they didn’t do enough to cover for an offense that’s struggling.
Week 5: Ravens 30, Raiders 17
ATS Result: Ravens +3
Over/Under Total Result: Over 40.5
The game couldn’t have started worse for the Raiders. They allowed the Ravens to march 75-yards for a touchdown with the opening possession and on their third offensive play, Jared Cook’s fumble was returned for a touchdown. Oakland was down 14-0 before the game was four minutes old and they never recovered. Manuel didn’t play poorly in place of Carr, but the offense just couldn’t get anything going and the defense allowed the Ravens to hit a few big plays which turned it into Oakland’s third straight ATS loss.
Week 4: Broncos 16, Raiders 10
ATS Result: Broncos -3.5
Over/Under Total Result: Under 44
The loss of Carr was the big news in this one, but the Raiders had troubles moving the football again while he was in the game. Breakdowns on the line were a problem and Carr was sacked twice after going down four times the previous week. The last sack resulted in the injury that will force the QB out for several weeks. The Raiders scored just 10 points for the second straight game, cashing the under and failing to cover again.
Week 3: Redskins 27, Raiders 10
ATS Result: Redskins +3.5
Over/Under Total Result: Under 53.5
It was a bad night all around for the Raiders and all they can do is let this one go. The offense was feeble, the defense couldn’t slow Cousins down and they were lucky the score wasn’t worse than it was. Oakland’s only touchdown came after a muffed punt set them up at the Skins 18, and that was their longest drive until late in the fourth.
Week 2: Raiders 45, Jets 20
ATS Result: Raiders -14
Over/Under Total Result: Over 44
The Raiders tallied three scores on the ground and three through the air as the balanced attack wore the Jets down. The game was close until the Jets committed a costly mistake late in the first half and Oakland took advantage. Leading 14-10, the Raiders recovered a muffed punt and turned that into a score with 21 seconds left in the second quarter, deflating Gang Green and allowing Oakland to dominate the second half in their second straight cover win.
Week 1: Raiders 26, Titans 16
ATS Result: Raiders +2.5
Over/Under Total Result: Under 49.5
The Raiders struck quickly and closed out the game on the ground behind Lynch. Oakland recovered an onside kick attempt to open the game and drove the short field for a touchdown to put the Titans on their heels. The game was tied twice, but the Raiders prevented Tennessee from scoring a touchdown on two red zone trips, which turned the game in their favor. Lynch helped close out the game and the defense didn’t allow Tennessee’s effective ground game to ever get started.
Preseason Record: 0-4
ATS Record: 0-4
Over/Under Total Record: 1-3
It took the Raiders 14 years to put together a winning season and reach the playoffs, but it all ended quickly. Needing a victory in the regular season finale to clinch the division title, Oakland couldn’t pull it out. Without Carr, the Raiders just weren’t the same team and they tiptoed through their playoff loss to Houston. Carr is back from his broken leg, but the team has a new backup QB just in case.
Week 1: Raiders at Titans, Sunday, September 10, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 2: Raiders vs. Jets, Sunday, September 17, 4:05 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 3: Raiders at Redskins, Sunday, September 24, 8:30 p.m. ET – NBC
Week 4: Raiders at Broncos, Sunday, October 1, 4:25 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 5: Raiders vs. Ravens, Sunday, October 8, 4:05 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 6: Raiders vs. Chargers, Sunday, October 15, 4:25 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 7: Raiders vs. Chiefs, Thursday, October 19, 8:25 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 8: Raiders at Bills, Sunday, October 29, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 9: Raiders at Dolphins, Sunday, November 5, 8:30 p.m. ET - NBC
Week 10: Bye Week
Week 11: Raiders vs. Patriots, Sunday, November 19, 4:25 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 12: Raiders vs. Broncos, Sunday, November 26, 4:25 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 13: Raiders vs. Giants, Sunday, December 3, 4:25 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 14: Raiders at Chiefs, Sunday, December 10, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 15: Raiders vs. Cowboys, Sunday, December 17, 8:30 p.m. ET – NBC
Week 16: Raiders at Eagles, Monday, December 25, 8:30 p.m. ET – ESPN
Week 17: Raiders at Chargers, Sunday, December 31, 4:25 p.m. ET – CBS
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