The underachieving Oakland Raiders turned their noses up at their current fan base during the bye with a ground-breaking ceremony for the team’s new stadium in Las Vegas. It’s probably a good thing that their Week 11 “home” game is in Mexico City, because those fans haven’t invested in the team and won’t have their hearts stepped on again when the team finally pulls up roots from Northern California and moves to Nevada.
A trendy preseason pick to win the AFC West and compete for the conference title the Raiders return to the office for a matchup with the New England Patriots. They entered the off-week on a positive note with a win over the Dolphins where the offense showed signs of life. The run game got a spark from Marshawn Lynch, who ran for a pair of scores and Derek Carr had his third straight 300-yard passing game. After totaling just 924 yards through the air in his first five games, Carr has gone for 1,030 over the past three.
While the offense has picked up the pace in yards and points, the defense remains a mystery. The group gave up nearly 400 yards to the offensively-challenged Dolphins and ranks in the bottom-third in total yards, rushing yards, passing yards and points allowed per game. And the Raiders haven’t been able to create turnovers. They are the only team without an interception this season and their six takeaways are the fewest in the NFL. The bye will help get the team healthy, but it won’t create turnovers for them and Tom Brady has tossed just two picks all season.
2017 Record: 4-5
2017 ATS Record: 3-5-1
2017 Over/Under Total Record: 5-4
Current Super Bowl Odds: +4000
Current Odds to Win AFC: +1600
Current Odds to Win AFC West: +700
Current NFL Odds: Raiders +6.5
Over/Under Total: 52
Raiders vs. Patriots NFL Preview: The New England Patriots are always known for their cutting-edge technology and the way they look for every leg up possible against their foes. They're going to be the first team to travel incredibly early for a game out of the country when they land in Mexico on Monday in preparation for their game against the Oakland Raiders at Estadio Azteca. Continue...
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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