Week 13 will be a quick turnaround for Washington after their Monday night victory against the Seahawks. However, there’s plenty of optimism in D.C. these days as the Football Team climbed back into playoff contention at 5-6 thanks to three straight wins.
Meanwhile, the Raiders are only a game back after a thrilling Thanksgiving overtime win in Dallas last week. The NFL odds currently have the Raiders as a 2.5-point home favorite. So let’s see what we can expect from the WFT at Raiders game on Sunday.
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After three straight losses, Derek Carr is coming off a solid outing against the Cowboys, in which he threw for 373 yards and a touchdown. The Raiders scored 36 in Dallas after combining for just 43 in the previous three games.
Las Vegas throws for 296.5 yards per game (2nd in the NFL) which bodes well against Washington’s 30th ranked passing yards defense (266.6 per game). I believe that the Raiders will likely try to work the ball downfield through the air early and often.
After putting up 29 and 27 points against the Buccaneers and Panthers, WFT scored just 17 on Monday night but still managed to escape with a win. Washington is 8th in the NFL in rushing (125.5 per game), and Las Vegas gives up 125.9 rushing yards per game (25th). So I’d expect a heavy dose of Antonio Gibson throughout the game.
WFT at Raiders: Best Bets
After hosting Washington, the Raiders will be on the road for three out of four games against the Chiefs, Browns, and Colts. If Las Vegas has any playoff aspirations this year, I believe this one is a must-win for them.
On the other hand, Washington will want to keep their momentum going and keep their name in the playoff picture. The WFT’s defense has played well recently and has surrendered just 72 points in the last four contests (18 per game). In addition, quarterback Taylor Heinicke has been efficient as of late, throwing for five touchdowns and one interception in his previous three games.
The WFT ran the ball 43 times against the Seahawks, and I’d expect a similar game plan this weekend. I believe Washington keeps this one close but loses by a field goal.
I’m taking the Raiders on the money line (-130) and against the spread (-2.5). The point total is also inflated in this one, in my opinion, at 49.5. I love the under here as none of the WFT’s last six games have gone over this total. Both teams also struggle to score touchdowns in the red zone. The Raiders only score a touchdown on 50% of their red zone trips (29th), while Washington scores a touchdown on 47.2% of their trips (31st).
Plenty on the Line for Both Teams
The WFT at Raiders game features two teams fighting for a playoff spot, and a win would go a long way towards making the postseason.
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