The Las Vegas Raiders continue to baffle me. Two weeks ago, the Raiders looked down and out, having lost their third game in a row.
The Raiders remain tied with three other division rivals and only one game behind the Chiefs. Their Thanksgiving win in Dallas surprised me and makes me think they still might have a shot at a playoff run. This week, NFL betting lines have them as a 2.5-favorite against the WFT. With ten days to prepare for WFT in Week 13, let’s take a look at the Raiders scoring potential.
Raiders on the Rise
At first glance, I can’t help but wonder how the Las Vegas Raiders are 6-5 and threatening for a playoff spot. The team ranks 30th in points against and only 17th in scoring, but the Raiders’ success comes from scoring in bunches.
Consistency has been the team’s downfall all year. After winning their first three games of the season, the Raiders lost two, won two, and then lost three more.
When Derek Carr zones in on his targets, he’s among the best quarterbacks in the NFL. Carr averages over 300 yards passing per game for the first time in his nine-year career. It took a couple of games, but DeSean Jackson is becoming a dependable target for Carr.
In his second game with the club, Jackson played a significant role in the overtime win against the Cowboys. He caught three passes for 102 yards and one 56-yard TD to open the scoring. The early score set the tone for the Raiders and signaled the return of the offense.
Las Vegas Raiders Offense
With DeSean Jackson on board, the Raiders are back to a full complement of deep threats. Hunter Renfrow has emerged as a feature receiver with 64 catches for 658 yards and 4 TDs. When Waller is healthy, he gives Carr another big target that’s especially dangerous in the red zone.
The Raiders are only 27th in rushing yards, but Josh Jacobs has given them crucial yards. Of course, having 420 yards on 111 carries won’t get him any MVP mentions. However, Jacobs has 6 TDs and no fumbles.
Josh Jacobs has also factored in the passing game. He’s caught 30 of his 32 targets for 198 yards out of the backfield. When the offense is healthy, the Raiders can score from almost anywhere.
WFT vs. Raiders (-2.5)
The Washington Football Team visits Las Vegas looking for a fourth win in a row. The pressure will be on Washington’s secondary to keep up with Jackson and Renfrow.
On defense, Yannick Ngakoue is a constant threat to more mobile quarterbacks. Last week, he registered his eighth sack of the season on Dak Prescott. Maxx Crosby doesn’t have the sack numbers, but he wreaks havoc in the backfield and disrupts plays before they have time to develop.
This week, the Las Vegas Raiders will miss Darren Waller, but Foster Moreau will fill some gaps. However, the bulk of the passing attack should still go to DeSean Jackson and Hunter Renfrow.
Week 13 at home is a massive chance for the Raiders to gain ground in the division.
I’m picking the streaking Raiders to get the win in Week 13. I believe that they can score 29 against Washington’s weak passing defense, which gives up the third-most yards in the NFL. So who are your best picks on this week’s schedule? Open an account at BetMGM sports betting to participate in the King of the Weekend promotion, where you can win $50,000 by picking the top six scoring teams this week.