Oakland Raiders vs. Jacksonville Jaguars Free Pick 9/15/13
Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1) at Oakland Raiders (0-1)
NFL Football: Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 4:25 pm (O.co Coliseum)
The Line: Oakland Raiders -4 -- Over/Under: 41 See the Latest Odds
The Jaguars and Raiders meet in Oakland for the Silver and Black’s home opener in what many are calling the “Jadaveon Clowney Bowl” for the right to the league’s top draft pick in April.
Jacksonville enters their week two encounter with the Raiders coming off an abysmal season-opening loss at the hands of the much-improved Kansas City Chiefs and hope that taking to the road will be what the doctor ordered to right the ship. The Jags started much maligned quarterback Blaine Gabbert, but after a very ineffective effort that was paired with an injury, it looks as though former Miami Dolphins pivot and Michigan Wolverines product, Chad Henne, will take over behind center. Maurice Jones-Drew is one of the most talented players in this game, but without a solid passing attack, MJD’s productivity could be limited and against a Raiders defense that actually played quite well against the Colts last week. It could make for back to back losses to the AFC West to start the season for the Jags.
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Oakland, meanwhile, almost ruined a number of survivor pools over the weekend, as they had the ball on the game’s final drive and were making a push to the end zone until Terrelle Pryor threw a gam- ending interception to Antoine Bethea. However, the Raiders have to be feeling a little bit more confident after having a playoff team on the ropes in their own stadium and if not for a careless mistake by an inexperienced quarterback, they could be staring at 1-0 instead of the other way around. Pryor was by far the Raiders’ best player as he racked up the second highest rushing total of the week behind the Eagles’ Lesean McCoy and his ability to tuck the ball away and scramble is going to be a focal point of the Raiders’ offense moving forward. The Black Hole should be rocking for the Raiders in this contest and while they were clearly the better of the two teams in week one, I have learned my lesson betting on the Raiders as a favorite and there is a reason why they don’t see it very often. To be honest, this is one I’m going to stay away from and perhaps would find more success taking the under as both offenses are stunning to watch, but if I had to take a side I would err on the side of caution and take the team with the best player to at least keep it close.