Sunday Night Football Final Thoughts and Closing Odds - Raiders vs. Redskins

Doug Upstone

Sunday, September 24, 2017 2:19 PM UTC

Sunday, Sep. 24, 2017 2:19 PM UTC

It is the third Sunday Night NFL game of the season and first involving nonconference action. Oakland travels cross-country to Washington to face the Redskins for the first time since 2013.

In that contest, Washington was a 24-14 winner as 3.5-point road favorites. This will actually be the first time Oakland will play in Virginia since 2005.

The NFL odds have the Raiders as three-point road favorites with a total of 53.5 and as this article went to post, 66 percent of tickets written were on Oakland and 51 percent were backing the Under.

What is Trending?

The visitor is 6-0 SU and ATS in last six meetings.

OAKLAND is 10-2 ATS in games where the line is +3 to -3 the last two seasons. 

OAKLAND is 13-5 ATS in road games the last three seasons. 

OAKLAND is 14-3 OVER off one or consecutive spread covers.

WASHINGTON is 6-0 OVER off an outright upset as a road underdog.

Raiders Game Plan -

On defense, Oakland wants to snuff out the Washington running, which is averaging 146 yards a game and force QB Kirk Cousins to throw, as he and new receivers are having a hard time syncing up. If the Raiders can put the Skins in third and long regularly, chances are DE Khalil Mack will be in Cousins grill.

Offensively, under coach Jack Del Rio, Oakland has been nicely balanced with Derek Carr running the show and when you average 5.2 yards a carry, that opens up the entire playbook. Look for Carr to attack Washington secondary, which has not shown particularly well yet.

Redskins Game Plan -

Washington's offense tends to run hot or cold under Jay Gruden. This offense is much more effective when Cousins can utilize the play-action passing game, which means the Redskins offensive line will have to keep pounding away at the Raiders defensive front and they might be able to have more success than one might think since the Oakland is permitting 4.8 YPC.

Meanwhile, the Redskins' defense must deal with Carr, a massive offensive line, and receivers. The Skins defensive line has played better than expected in conceding only 3.3 YPC, as rookie DE Jonathan Allen has made an immediate impact, which has helped Matt Ioannidis on the other side of the D-Line. Washington still has problems at linebacker and Gruden has to hope Marshawn Lynch is not getting to the second level of his defense.

Sunday Night Selection ...

When this was first released I jumped on Oakland, looking at all the matchup edges they had. Though Washington won last week, I still remain skeptical about them and they are a notoriously bad bet when they lights are turned on at FedEx Field.

Free NFL Pick: Oakland -3
Best Line is (-102) Found at Matchbook

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