Oakland Raiders vs. Washington Redskins, 9-24-2017 - Pick and Prediction
Written by: Nikhil Kalro
Oakland Raiders at Washington Redskins
NFL: FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland at 8:30 PM ET, Sunday, September 24, 2017
The Line: Oakland Raiders -3
Two high-scoring units own this week’s Sunday night slot, as the Washington Redskins host the Oakland Raiders from the FedEx Field in Maryland. Both teams are coming into this game on the back of confident wins in their previous games.
Raiders offense on top of their game
Derek Carr and Michael Crabtree combined beautifully for three touchdowns, and Marshawn Lynch added a TD run in his first home game for Oakland to help the Raiders annihilate the New York Jets 45-20, their second win in as many games.
“Great, stats are cool, but I’m into winning,” Carr said . “So, I don’t care if we run for 500 yards, just the fact that I get to be a part of this team and this city, be a part of something special that we’re trying to do, I’m completely good with that.”
The Raiders are the top offensive team in the NFL this season, averaging 35.5 points per game. That’s something to hang on to, even if the season is just two games old.
Cousins, Redskins find their fluency
The Washington Redskins were well below par in their season opener, clearly rusty despite a steady preseason. But they put all that behind them quickly to ease past the Los Angeles Rams 27-20 in week 2.
With the game tied at 20, Kirk Cousins connected with Ryan Grant with under two minutes remaining for a game-winning TD pass. Cousins had a solid game: completing 18 of 27 passes for 179 yards without an interception.
RB Rob Kelley suffered a rib cartilage injury during the game, and is doubtful for the Raiders game. “Rob Kelley’s a tough guy,” coach Jay Gruden said. “I think he’ll try to play with that thing, but you never know how much pain he’s in. We’ll see how that rib feels. They’re all a concern, but they’re all tough guys and hopefully we’ll have them.”
Oakland Raiders are:
- 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games in September.
- 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games after allowing less than 150 yards passing in their previous game.
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games on grass.
Washington Redskins are:
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games after accumulating more than 150 yards rushing in their previous game.
- 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following an ATS win.
- 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
The Raiders offense is just too good currently. Carr, Lynch and the rest of the Raiders offensive line have been clinical against superiority and dismissive against mediocrity. Whatever the Redskins bring, the Raiders should respond in strength.
The Pick: Oakland Raiders -3
Nikhil has been working with ESPN since the age of 18 and covers cricket for their website ESPNcricinfo. When not writing or editing news, game reports, commentary and analysis stories, he is following American sports. A love for stats and patterns, research and results and plain simple learning with a few years of handicapping experience makes him almost 0.500 reliable. A degree in business administration and a keen eye for volatile industries like the stock market help too.
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