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Oakland Raiders 2017 Outlook

The AFC West is the toughest division top to bottom in the NFL with three teams the Oakland Raiders, Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos all with a chance to win the division crown and reach the postseason.

Oakland just missed out winning the division last season to Kansas City. Behind the strong arm of quarterback Derek Carr and the team’s explosive offense the Raiders are back this season to make amends.

Carr returns with a lucrative new contract after throwing for 3,937 yards and 28 touchdowns. This season the Raiders weapons that Carr has to throw to should be better than last season.

Jared Cook a tight end is now with Oakland. He will complement wide receivers Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper who combined for close to 2,200 receiving yards last season. Cook’s experience playing with playoff contender Green Bay will help the young offense of the Raiders.

If the passing attack was not enough, the Raiders added un-retired Marshawn Lynch to their backfield. Lynch will take over for the departed Latavius Murray, who joined the Minnesota Vikings. Lynch is a powerful proven commodity in the backfield, but he has not played since the 2015 season.

If Lynch can return to his previous form, the passing lanes will be wide open for Carr to start dissecting opposing secondary alignments.

Oakland’s first round draft pick Gareon Conley has been cleared as an Ohio district attorney has decided not to seek charges against the cornerback in an alleged sexual assault case that has proven to be a mistaken identity.

Now that the weight of his possible indictment is behind him, Conley can help focus on making the Oakland secondary much better.

Defense reinforcements came via the draft during the offseason. The Raiders have one of the best pass rushers in the NFL in Khalil Mack, but now will have a safety from the second round in Obi Melifonwu and Eddie Vanderdoes a defensive tackle taken in the third round.

Last season the defense was last in quarterback sacks with 25 but with Mack returning and the new additions that should change this season.

With the news additions on both sides of the ball, Oakland appears to be the favorite to win the AFC West.

Oakland Odds

AFC West – 9 to 5

AFC Championship – 8 to 1

Super Bowl LII – 10 to 1

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Thursday, August 10th, 2017 2017 NFL Comments Off on Oakland Raiders 2017 Outlook

Raiders vs Texans Free Pick

Saturday begins NFL wildcard weekend with the first game featuring the Oakland Raiders visiting the Houston Texans. The current line on top sportsbooks has Houston favored by 4 points with the over/under point total sitting on 36.5.

During the regular season, Oakland had an overall record of 12-4 straight up and 10-6 against the spread. On the road, the Raiders were 6-2 SU and ATS. Houston during the regular season had an overall record of 9-7 SU and 6-9 ATS. At home, the Texans were 7-1 SU and 4-3 ATS.

Quarterbacks on both teams will be under the spotlight in this game as Connor Cook a rookie who was third string all season will start for Oakland, while the Texans return to benched former starter Brock Osweiler.

The two teams played head to head in Week 11. Oakland made a late rally to beat the Texans in Mexico City 27-20. In that game, Derek Carr threw two touchdowns during the fourth quarter for Oakland, but Carr broke his leg two weeks ago.  › Continue reading

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Thursday, January 5th, 2017 2017 NFL Comments Off on Raiders vs Texans Free Pick

Raiders vs Broncos Free Pick

Week 17 of the NFL regular season features an important AFC West showdown when the Oakland Raiders visit the Denver Broncos. The current line on top sportsbooks has Denver favored by 1.5 points with the over/under point total on 40.5.

Entering this game, Oakland has an overall record on the season of 12-3 straight up and 10-5 against the spread. On the road, the Raiders are 6-1 SU and ATS. Denver on the season has an overall record of 8-7 SU and ATS. At home, the Broncos are 4-3 SU and ATS.

For Oakland, a great deal is at stake in this final game and the team will have to accomplish it without starting quarterback Derek Carr. Oakland will have Matt McGloin under center. McGloin has not started since he was a rookie in 2013.

Carr broke his leg last week and will be out for the regular season final and the entire postseason. Oakland has already reached the postseason, but will clinch an AFC West crown and a bye in the first round with a win.  › Continue reading

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Saturday, December 31st, 2016 2017 NFL Comments Off on Raiders vs Broncos Free Pick

Raider vs Chargers Free Pick

An AFC West showdown with playoff implications closes out the late afternoon games of Week 15 when the Oakland Raiders visit the San Diego Chargers. The current line on top sportsbooks has Oakland favored by 2.5 points with the over/under point total on 49.

Entering this game, Oakland has an overall record on the season of 10-3 straight up and 8-5 against the spread. On the road, the Raiders are 5-1 SU and ATS. San Diego on the season has an overall record of 5-8 SU and 7-6 ATS. At home, the Chargers are 3-3 SU and ATS.

Oakland lost its hold on first place in the AFC and the AFC West after being beaten by the Kansas City Chiefs last week. The Raiders have rested 10 days and will be ready to get back on track in their game on Sunday in San Diego.

Oakland’s winning streak of six-games was snapped in the loss to Kansas City. The Raiders are tied with the Chiefs atop the AFC West, but Kansas City is in control of the tiebreaker between the two.   › Continue reading

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Sunday, December 18th, 2016 2016 NFL Comments Off on Raider vs Chargers Free Pick

Raiders vs Chiefs Free Pick

Week 14 of the NFL regular season begins with Thursday Night Football when the Oakland Raiders visit the Kansas City Chiefs for an AFC West showdown. The current line on top sportsbooks has Kansas City favored by 3 points with the over/under point total on 47.

Entering this game, Oakland has an overall record on the season of 10-2 straight up and 8-4 against the spread. On the road, the Raiders are 5-0 SU and ATS. Kansas City entering this game has an overall record of 9-3 SU and 6-6 ATS. At home, the Chiefs are 4-1 SU and 1-4 ATS.

First place is on the line in the AFC West as Oakland sits one game in front of the Chiefs. Derek Carr has become one of the league’s top quarterbacks this season but must show he can lead his team to an important win. Oakland has won six straight heading into this matchup.

Kansas City beat Atlanta in dramatic fashion on Sunday when Eric Berry intercepted an attempt at a 2-point conversion by the Falcons and ran the interception back for 2 points giving the Chiefs a one-point lead, which they held over the final four minutes of the game.    › Continue reading

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Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 2016 NFL Comments Off on Raiders vs Chiefs Free Pick

Panthers vs Raiders Free Pick

Week 12 of the NFL regular season features an NFC vs. AFC intra-conference showdown when the Carolina Panthers visit the Oakland Raiders. The current line on most top sportsbooks has Oakland favored by 3 points with the over/under point total sitting on 49.5.

Entering this game, Carolina has an overall record on the season of 4-6 straight up and 2-7-1 against the spread. On the road, the Panthers are 1-3 SU and 0-3-1 ATS. Oakland entering the game has a record of 8-2 SU and 7-3 ATS. At home, the Raiders are 2-2 SU and 1-3 ATS.

Oakland appeared somewhat flat in their game following their bye, but was able to win and keep their lead at the top of the AFC West. The Raiders have won four straight games and two straight at home. In Week 9, the Raiders defeated Denver and followed that with a win over Houston following their bye.

Oakland quarterback Derek Carr threw two touchdown passes to Amari Cooper to rally the Raiders over the Texans in Mexico City. This season Carr has 20 touchdown passes to just 4 interceptions.    › Continue reading

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Saturday, November 26th, 2016 2016 NFL Comments Off on Panthers vs Raiders Free Pick

Texans vs Raiders Free Pick

Week 11 of the NFL regular season concludes with Monday Night Football in an AFC showdown when the Houston Texans play the Oakland Raiders in Mexico City. The current line on top sportsbooks has Oakland favored by 6 points with the over/under point total on 45.

Entering this game, Houston has an overall record of 6-3 straight up and 5-3-1 against the spread. Oakland entering this game has an overall record of 7-2 SU and 6-3 ATS. The game will be played at a neutral site Azteca Stadium. Both teams lead their respective divisions.

This is the first time in the past 11 years the NFL has played a regular season game in Mexico City. The Raiders are listed as the game’s home team, but do not mind playing away from Oakland, as they are 5-0 on the road this season. Oakland is coming off a bye week.

Houston won for the first time on the road in its last game with a 24-21 win at Jacksonville. The Texans lead the AFC by 1 ½  games over Indianapolis and have won two straight after losing three straight on the road by a combined score of 85-22. Houston is coming off its bye week.    › Continue reading

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Monday, November 21st, 2016 2016 NFL Comments Off on Texans vs Raiders Free Pick

Broncos vs Raiders Free Pick

Two bitter rivals tied atop the AFC West meet on Sunday Night Football of Week 9 when the Oakland Raiders play host to the Denver Broncos. The current line on top sportsbooks has this game as a PICK, with the over/under point total sitting on 43.5.

Entering this big AFC West showdown, Denver has an overall record of 6-2 straight up and against the spread. On the road, the Broncos are 2-1 SU and ATS. Oakland entering this game has an overall record of 6-2 SU and 5-3 ATS. At home, the Raiders are 1-2 SU and 0-3 ATS.

The Denver Broncos, the reigning Super Bowl champions, find themselves tied for first place with the Oakland Raiders heading into this Sunday Night Football showdown. Oakland is 5-0 away from home this season, but begins a stretch of 4 straight home games.

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr threw for an unbelievable 513 yards with 4 touchdowns last week in a win over Tampa Bay 30-24. The Raiders have not had this good of a start since 2001 thanks to their potent offense that has rallied late in games to pull out wins.    › Continue reading

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Sunday, November 6th, 2016 2016 NFL Comments Off on Broncos vs Raiders Free Pick

Raiders vs Buccaneers Free Pick

Week 8 of the NFL regular season features a matchup in central Florida when the Oakland Raiders visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The current line on most top sportsbooks has this game as a Pick, with the over/under point total sitting on 49.

Entering this game, Oakland has an overall record of 5-2 straight up and 4-3 against the spread. On the road, the Raiders are 4-0 SU and ATS. Tampa Bay on the season has an overall record of 3-3 SU and ATS. At home, the Buccaneers are 0-2 SU and ATS.

Two young talented quarterbacks will battle in this inter-conference showdown. The visiting Raiders look to move to 5-0 on the road and remain tied at the top of the AFC West with Denver. Last week the Raiders beat Jacksonville on the road 33-16.

Raiders’ running back Latavius Murray played last week after missing the prior two games but rushed for just 59 yards. However, he scored two touchdowns. Tampa Bay has a two-game winning streak after defeating the Panthers and 49ers, but has not won at home this season.    › Continue reading

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Saturday, October 29th, 2016 2016 NFL Comments Off on Raiders vs Buccaneers Free Pick

Chiefs vs Raiders Free Pick

Week 6 of the NFL regular season features an AFC West showdown on Sunday when the Kansas City Chiefs visit the Oakland Raiders. The current line on most top sportsbooks has Kansas City favored by 1 point with the over/under point total sitting on 47.

Entering this game, Kansas City has an overall record of 2-2 straight up and 1-3 against the spread. On the road, the Chiefs are 0-2 SU and ATS. Oakland on the season has an overall record of 4-1 SU and 3-2 ATS. At home, the Raiders are 1-1 SU and 0-2 ATS.

Entering this game, Oakland has won three straight. The Raiders have been a big surprise in the league after five weeks as they sit atop the AFC West due to a perfect road record of 3-0 and a knack of winning games late.

Each of Oakland’s five games thus far this season has been decided by 7 or fewer points, with all four wins coming by a combined 12 points. However, the Raiders have not been successful of late versus Kansas City, as the Chiefs have won 5 of the past 6 head-to-head games.    › Continue reading

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Saturday, October 15th, 2016 2016 NFL Comments Off on Chiefs vs Raiders Free Pick

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