After the Las Vegas Raiders’ passing game moved the ball up and down the field during their first three games, they fell a little flat against the Chargers on MNF. Now, they host the Chicago Bears, who are coming off of a big win last week.
BetMGM’s NFL betting lines currently have the Raiders as five and a half point favorites this week.
Will the Raiders bounce back this week? Here is what you need to know.
Going into last week’s game, the Raiders were averaging over 460 total yards per game. However, against the Chargers, they were held to just 244 total yards.
Before this, the Raiders relied on their elite offense to keep them in games, overcoming double-digit deficits twice this season. But, the Chargers game showed that a better defense could contain them.
The Chargers’ defense ranks seventh in points allowed per game, and now the Raiders will be playing the second-best defense they have faced in that category, with the Bears ranking tenth.
The Raiders have also had problems rushing the ball this year, ranking 27th in the NFL in rushing yards per game, averaging just 80.
If you can contain the Raiders’ passing attack, they’re a very beatable team. Derek Carr was held to 196 passing yards against the Chargers, and the Raiders only scored 14 points, by far their lowest of the season.
Justin Fields Factor
Justin Fields has had a rough start, mainly because he has been running for his life behind an inconsistent offensive line.
Justin Fields has been sacked 12 times in three games, nine of them coming in a loss against the Browns. He has also thrown two interceptions while still waiting to get his first touchdown pass as an NFL quarterback.
But, there are signs that he is heading in the right direction, with 209 passing yards last week. He only had 68 passing yards in his first start, so there was nowhere to go but up.
There is still a chance that Andy Dalton will start this game over Fields if he is healthy enough to return. However, it seems to be more likely that Fields will continue to take the snaps for the Bears.
Las Vegas Raiders’ Defense
The Raiders aren’t a team built to put a lot of pressure on Justin Fields. The defense has just three takeaways this season and has a turnover differential of zero.
The Raiders rank in the middle of the pack with nine sacks this season in terms of forcing pressure.
Passing vs. Pressure
The match-up to watch in this game will be the Raiders’ passing game vs. the Bears’ front seven.
The Raiders are one of the top passing offenses in the NFL, and the Bears lead the NFL in sacks this season with 15.
If the Bears can get to Carr, they will likely have the edge. However, if Carr can get back to his usual self this week and has time in the pocket to let plays develop, the Bears could find themselves in trouble early.
Can the Las Vegas Raiders Bounce Back in Week 5?
Do you think the Las Vegas Raiders will bounce back this week, or will the Chicago Bears turn the corner and get above .500 for the first time this season?
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