Having success is much easier than maintaining it and the Oakland Raiders found that out the hard way. One season after winning 12 games and ending a long playoff drought, the Raiders slipped hard and their demise cost Jack Del Rio his job after three seasons. Oakland was a trendy pick to win the AFC West and compete with the Patriots after their breakthrough season in 2016, but the expectations were never met in a season that could only be described as disappointing.
It’s not hard to figure out where it all went wrong. The offense wasn’t as efficient or productive as a season ago and Derek Carr regressed in his development. Did Carr overachieve in 2016 or did he underachieve this season? The latter would be the best guess, but it was a team effort. Switching offensive coordinators didn’t help and it’s likely the coaching staff gets overhauled when the new coach takes over.
And that new coach is thought to be former Raiders head man Jon Gruden, who produced 38 regular season victories, two division titles and two playoff berths in his four-year run from 1998 to 2001. The hire would be a big draw for the lame-duck franchise, which needs to give the fans in Oakland something to look forward to while also cultivating a fan-base in Las Vegas, where the team is headed in 2020.
2017 Record: 6-10
2017 ATS Record: 5-9-2
2017 Over/Under Total Record: 5-11
Current Super Bowl Odds: N/A
Current Odds to Win AFC: N/A
Current Odds to Win AFC West: N/A
Week 17: Chargers 30, Raiders 10
ATS Result: Chargers -7
Over/Under Total Result: Under 43
The Raiders ended the season with a whimper, getting whacked by their in-state rival. Oakland’s pass defense was one of the worst in the NFL and Philip Rivers took advantage throwing for nearly 400 yards and three touchdowns as the Chargers won going away. Carr hooked up with Amari Cooper on an 87-yard scoring pass and Georgio Tavecchio added a field goal four minutes later for 10-7 lead, but that was all the Raiders would get in losing their fourth in a row SU and dropping to 5-9-2 ATS.
Week 16: Eagles 19, Raiders 10
ATS Result: Raiders +10
Over/Under Total Result: Under 46
It was a sloppy game and the Raiders were responsible for five of the seven turnovers, which impacted their chances. Oakland took a 10-7 lead early in the third quarter and the game was tied late in the fourth when Carr’s second interception allowed the Eagles to drive for the game-winning field goal in the final seconds. A fumbled lateral was recovered and returned for an Eagles’ touchdown, but they took a knee on the point after, allowing the Raiders to cover the 10-point spread.
Week 15: Cowboys 20, Raiders 17
ATS Result: PUSH Raiders +3
Over/Under Total Result: Under 46
The Raiders fought back to tie the game twice before watching it slip away. Michael Crabtree’s second scoring grab early in the fourth evened the score at 17-17 before things went awry. The Boys converted a fourth down by the width of an index card and scored the go-ahead field goal with less than two minutes remaining. Carr led the Raiders deep into Dallas territory with time running out, but he fumbled just before reaching the end zone and the ball went out of the end zone for a touchback.
Week 14: Chiefs 26, Raiders 15
ATS Result: Chiefs -4.5
Over/Under Total Result: Under 48.5
Four punts and an interception on their first five possessions put the Raiders in a 16-0 hole at the break and things didn’t get any better in the third. Oakland had just 77 yards through three quarters and the outcome was largely decided by the time Marshawn Lynch broke the shutout halfway through the fourth. The Raiders made the score closer than the game actually was with another score, but it wasn’t enough to cover the spread.
Week 13: Raiders 24, Giants 17
ATS Result: Giants +10
Over/Under Total Result: Under 43
Missing a big chunk of its offense, the Raiders needed Lynch and the defense to perform, and they did. Lynch had his biggest day in an Oakland uniform and the D had a pair of first half strip-sack recoveries to keep the Giants out of the end zone. The Raiders twice got the lead to 10 points, the last time on Carr’s scoring pass late in the fourth. But the Giants responded with a field goal less than two minutes later to hand Oakland the ATS loss.
Week 12: Raiders 21, Broncos 14
ATS Result: Raiders -3.5
Over/Under Total Result: Under 41
The Raiders got their first interception of the season and it couldn’t have come at a better time. With the Broncos at Oakland’s 1-yard line in a scoreless tie, NaVorro Bowman had a tipped pass land in his hands while he was flat on his back. The Raiders then drove 80-yards on the ensuing possession with Carr tossing the first of his three scoring passes. Oakland led 21-0 before the Broncos mounted a late rally, but Carr converted a critical third-down in the closing minutes to seal the cover win.
Week 11: Patriots 33, Raiders 8
ATS Result: Patriots -7
Over/Under Total Result: Under 55
The Raiders allowed two long touchdown drives in the first half and were down 14-0 before the tide really turned. A Seth Roberts fumble on the Pats goal line near the end of the first half was turned into a 62-yard field goal and instead of a 14-7 game at the break, the Raiders were down 17-0. And worse, the Pats connected for a long touchdown on the first play of the third, all but sealing the deal. Oakland would avoid the shutout with a Carr touchdown pass, but they couldn’t avoid the ATS loss.
Week 10: BYE
Week 9: Raiders 27, Dolphins 24
ATS Result: PUSH Raiders -3
Over/Under Total Result: Over 44.5
The Raiders used a balanced attack with Lynch back in the lineup. He ran for only 57 yards but scored a pair of touchdowns to support Carr in the passing game. Oakland built a 20-9 lead following Lynch’s second TD but couldn’t put the Dolphins away until recovering an onside kick after the Fins pulled within three points with 92 ticks left to get the push. The Raiders inability to stop the 32nd-ranked offense allowed the over to cash for a third straight game.
Week 8: Bills 34, Raiders 14
ATS Result: Bills -2
Over/Under Total Result: Over 47
Four turnovers doomed the Raiders and the offense couldn’t get on track as the Raiders failed to cover the 2-point line. Oakland took the opening kick and marched 81-yards for a quick 7-0 lead, but they wouldn’t score again until the game was out of reach. DeAndre Washington’s fumble, which was returned for a score late in the first half, gave the Bills a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. LeSean McCoy’s scoring run late in the fourth was enough to cash the over for second straight game.
Week 7: Raiders 31, Chiefs 30
ATS Result: Raiders +3
Over/Under Total Result: Over 46.5
It was a must-win game for the Raiders and they escaped with a Carr touchdown pass and extra point with no time left to snap a four-game SU and ATS losing skid. Cooper was the big threat in the passing game and the Raiders were dialed in with Carr going off. The defense struggled even with NaVorro Bowman inserted into the starting lineup and the Raiders trailed by nine-points entering the final quarter. But the D pitched a shutout in the final frame, allowing enough time for the comeback win.
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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