Week III of the NFL features an inter-conference matchup between Oakland at Washington as it’s Sunday night offering. The 2-0 Raiders have been extremely impressive in double-digit wins over the Titans and Jets. The Redskins rebounded from an opening week loss to the Eagles with a road win at the Rams. The game opened with the Raiders -3.5 and the total 53 1/2. The game quickly settled at Oakland -3 with the over seeing heavy action before landing at 54 1/2. Weather will not be an issue with a forecast in the 70’s and zero chance of precipitation for the 8:30 EST kickoff. As always, the game will be shown on NBC.
Just two weeks into the season, the Raider offense is hitting on all cylinders. Derek Carr has shown to ill effects from the broken lef that ended his season last year. Oakland has scored touchdowns on 9 of 19 drives and Marshawn Lynch has provided some much needed power running to allow the Raiders to finish games when in the lead. The defense is much improved, especially the secondary which was the teams achilles heel last year. The Raider kicking game has also improved with Giorgio Tavecchio a perfect 5-for-5 kicking field goals including a pair of 50 yarders.
The Redskins offense is in a state of transition as Washington has gone to the running game as it’s primary weapon. Rob Kelly is the feature back but third-round draft pick Samaje Perrine out of Oklahoma has emerged to give the Skins a dual threat. Kirk Cousins was stripped of virtually all his weapons on the off season with Pierre Garcon and Deshaun Jackson finding new homes. Tight end Jordan Reed (check status, abdominal issues) has been Cousins primary outlets with 11 catches. The Skins defense has been burned against the pass allowing better than 266 yards per game through the air, not good against a balanced and in sync Oakland offense.
The Raiders were a team that struggled on the road for more than a decade but during the current black and silver resurgence under Del Rio, the Raiders are 4-1 L5 as a road favorite. Oakland is just 7-13 ATS in its L20 vs. the NFC but of course this new Raider team is a completely different animal. The road team has won the last six meetings in the not often played series with the Raiders last win in D.C. coming all the way back in 1986. The Skins are 5-2 L7 as a home dog and the over is 7-2 L9 at Fed Ex Field.
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