The Raiders suffered their first loss last week against the Chargers and are looking to get back on track in Week 5 against the Bears.
BetMGM’s NFL odds currently have the Raiders as a five and a half point favorite against the Bears.
Will they cover the spread? Here is what you need to know.
Raiders 2021 Spread History
The Las Vegas Raiders have a 2-2 record against the spread this year. However, they covered in their first two games as an underdog against the Ravens and the Steelers and won them outright.
Then, the Raiders were favorites for the only time all season before this week. This was home against the Dolphins, where they hovered around three and a half points for most of that week. They barely failed to cover that game and almost lost outright.
So, one trend that stands out is that the Raiders have not proven that they are a reliable favorite yet in 2021. But, we have only seen the Raiders in one game in that situation, so perhaps there is not enough of a sample size.
Another thing that jumps out is that the Raiders have not covered their last two games. To some, this could mean that the books are catching up to the Raiders.
Strong Passing Game
Throughout the season, the Raiders have shown that they can throw the ball. Quarterback Derek Carr leads the league in passing yards with 1,399 through the season’s first four games.
Along with that, he has eight touchdown passes and just three interceptions. Considering that more than 75% of their yard production has been through the air this season, it is safe to say that the Raiders rely on Carr to be productive.
Admittedly, he did not have the best game against the Chargers and only had 196 passing yards. The Raiders average 326 passing yards per game, even when counting that performance.
But, one excuse that you can give the Raiders is that the Chargers are a top-five passing defense in the NFL, allowing the fifth-fewest passing yards per game with 192.5. The Bears are not quite as daunting, averaging 238 passing yards allowed per game.
The Bears just decided to name Justin Fields the starting quarterback for this upcoming game. Truthfully, I do not know what you are getting with Fields yet.
Justin Fields has been sacked nine times in one game and has just 347 passing yards on the season with two interceptions and no touchdown passes.
On top of that, running back David Montgomery could miss at least four weeks with a sprained left knee. He was one of the league’s most productive running backs, ranking top five in the NFL for both rushing yards (309) and rushing touchdowns (3).
Chicago has their work cut out for them this week. First, they have to protect their rookie quarterback and give him some easy throws early in the game to build his confidence.
Make Your Prediction
Do you think the Raiders will reign supreme with their passing game, or will they let people down as a favorite once again?
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