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New England Patriots vs. Oakland Raiders - 9/21/14 NFL Pick and Odds

Oakland Raiders (0-2) at New England Patriots (1-1)

NFL Football: Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 1:00 pm (Gillette Stadium)

The Line: New England Patriots -15 -- Over/Under: 46.5 See the Latest Odds


The Oakland Raiders make the trip across country to take on the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium.

The Oakland Raiders have gotten off to a tough 0-2 start and have shown bad signs on both sides of the ball already. Offensively, the Raiders have little to no running game, as they’re averaging just 3.9 yards per carry and quarterback Derek Carr is their leading rusher with 57 yards. Not exactly what Oakland fans were hoping for when they resigned Darren McFadden and brought in Maurice Jones-Drew. Derek Carr is completing 63.5 percent of his passes for 414 yards and three touchdowns, as James Jones has really emerged as the Raiders No. 1 receiver with 146 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Still, the Raiders lack of offense is leading them nowhere fast. Defensively, the Oakland Raiders are dead last with an average of 200 rushing yards allowed. Tyvon Branch leads the Raiders with 19 tackles and Sio Moore has 18 tackles and a sack.

New England Patriots vs. Oakland Raiders - 9/21/14 NFL Pick and Odds


The New England Patriots crushed the Minnesota Vikings and look to carry that momentum to their first home game of the season. The one thing the Patriots need to figure out is their offensive line protection, as Tom Brady has already been sacked five times and the constant pressure is the reason he’s completing just 56.4 percent of his passes. The Pats running game is looking sharp, as Stevan Ridley leads the way with 122 rushing yards, and New England is averaging a solid 4.2 yards per carry as a team. The Patriots have the potential to be a much better offensive team, especially with a healthy Rob Gronkowski, but need to get their protection issue fixed. Defensively, the New England Patriots have the fourth best pass defense in the league and have produced seven sacks. Jerod Mayo leads New England with 19 tackles and Chandler Jones has 12 tackles and two sacks.

I’m simply not comfortable laying the heavy chalk, as this is the NFL where anything can happen. So, I’m taking the over in this spot. The Patriots usually get their offense going when they’re at home and the Raiders defense has been brutal to begin the season. Don’t be surprised if New England gets close to the total by themselves.

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