Oakland Raiders vs. Jacksonville Jaguars Preview
Where: EverBank Field — Jacksonville, Florida
When: Sunday, October 23, 2016, 1:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: CBS
Writer’s Pick: Oakland Raiders (+1)
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Betting on the Oakland Raiders (+1)
Yesterday’s loss to the Chiefs was inevitable. The Oakland Raiders struggled mightily on the both ends of the football field, putting up just 10 points and 286 total yards while their defense surrendered 26 points and 406 total yards.
A win would have given control of the AFC West to the Raiders, but the setback puts them in a first-place tie with the Broncos at 4-2. Oakland will have a shot in breaking this stalemate with a win against the Jaguars and hopefully another loss by Denver this coming weekend.
Derek Carr, who was limited to just one touchdown and threw an interception in the loss to Kansas City, needs the Raiders’ ground game to establish itself. The duo of Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington combined for just 57 yards on 14 carries last Sunday, a clear sign of how badly the team is missing its primary running back, Latavius Murray.
Murray’s status for the week ahead remains questionable, but there’s a solid chance that he might return having already sat out the past two weeks due to a toe injury. With him likely back, it should take some of the pressure off Carr and also allow the quarterback to focus more on finding his favorite targets—Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree—downfield.
Cooper, the team’s leading receiver, corralled 10 of 13 targets for 129 yards against the Chiefs, marking the third time this season that he’s eclipsed the 100-yard territory. Crabtree, on the other hand, was held to two catches for 10 yards in the same game, but he should be in line for a bounce-back performance against an inconsistent Jacksonville D.
Oakland is 6-4 SU (8-2 ATS) in its last 10 road games.
Betting on the Jacksonville Jaguars (-1)
It took a lucky touchdown pass to Arrelious Benn for the Jacksonville Jaguars to rally past Chicago, 17-16, last Sunday. But a win is still a win and the Jaguars hope to continue turning their season around when the Raiders come to town.
This time though, Jacksonville can’t afford to go on an ugly start like how it was held scoreless for the first three quarters on Sunday. QB Blake Bortles, who’s thrown for more than 200 yards along with three touchdowns combined in the previous two weeks, needs to get their underachieving offense going, especially through the air.
Speaking of which, the Jags have the capable pass-catching trio of Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns and Julius Thomas, all of whom have each amassed triple-digit passing yards and have collected at least one touchdown apiece, on their side. Getting these three involved should be pretty easy since the Raiders’ passing defense (312.7 yards allowed) is actually the worst in the NFL right now.
The Jags can also expect some help through their rushing game. They have the pair of T.J. Yeldon and Chris Ivory to cause some trouble for the opposing front. Ivory, in particular, is the one to watch out for after finally running for his first TD of the year versus Chicago. He’ll look to find similar or better success versus an Oakland defense that allowed nearly 200 yards rushing in Sunday’s loss to Kansas City.
Jacksonville is 5-5 SU and 7-3 ATS in its previous 10 home games.
The Raiders (+1) win.
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