Nobody expected the Las Vegas Raiders to win last week after the Jon Gruden fiasco, but they went into Denver and took down the division-rival Broncos.
Now, the Raiders return home for a matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Raiders are 3-point favorites according to NFL betting lines from BetMGM.
How do you predict a team’s performance after its coach is unexpectedly fired mid-season? The Raiders are hard to pin down, but some key trends could provide insight into how this game will play out.
Read on to find out if Las Vegas can cover in Week 7.
The Raiders Might Not Have a Home Field Advantage
This might be a home game for Las Vegas, but Philadelphia is likely to have plenty of fans in attendance. The Eagles have one of the most passionate fanbases in the NFL, and there’s nothing more those fans would like than to come to Vegas and get loud in the Raiders’ new stadium.
Las Vegas is a destination city, so it should be easy for Philadelphia fans to find an excuse to show up to this game. As a result, the Raiders’ offense could be dealing with some unfamiliar crowd noise while they’re on the field.
These Are Two Inconsistent Teams
These teams have had impressive performances this season, but they’re both just as likely to put up a dud.
Jalen Hurts looked like an MVP candidate against Atlanta and Kansas City but threw two picks against Dallas and has failed to throw for more than 200 yards in three of his six games. So it’s hard to know which version of Hurts will show up in Las Vegas.
At the same time, the Raiders are an unknown entity at this point. The win against the Broncos was impressive, but Las Vegas also put up only nine points in a loss to the Bears the week before.
The Las Vegas Raiders Offense Faces a Stiff Test
The Raiders performed unexpectedly well last week, scoring 34 points on the vaunted Denver defense. Derek Carr had his way through the air, hitting Henry Ruggs III for a 48-yard touchdown and throwing for over 340 yards.
Carr and Ruggs III appear to have a dangerous connection, but the Eagles defense has shut down opposing passing attacks this year. Philadelphia’s defense is giving up just 211 passing yards per game, the fifth-best mark in the NFL.
The Raiders can try running the ball with Josh Jacobs, but Las Vegas has the league’s 30th-ranked rushing offense.
Eagles vs. Raiders Betting Odds
Given that the Las Vegas Raiders are only favored by a field goal at home, it appears that oddsmakers see this game as a toss-up. However, I think the Eagles have the advantage here, given all the controversy swirling around the Raiders and the fact that Philadelphia has the defense to stop Carr and company.
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