Oakland Raiders vs. Miami Dolphins Free Pick, Odds, Prediction 9/28/14
Miami Dolphins (1-2) at Oakland Raiders (0-3)
NFL Football: Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 1:00 pm (Wembley Stadium)
The Line: Oakland Raiders +4 -- Over/Under: 40 See the Latest Odds
TV: CBS HD
The Dolphins and the Raiders head across the pond here on Sunday, as the Raiders “host” the Miami Dolphins at Wembley Stadium.
The Oakland Riaders are really struggling this season, as the Raiders are sitting at 0-3, and are ranking near the bottom in most major offensive statistical categories. One positive for the Raiders this seasno however, is their rookie signal caller, Derek Carr. I don’t know if this kid will be a star or not, but I love the way he plays, as he is not intimidated by the game as a rookie, and shows great leadership ability on the field. Another area I like for the Raiders is their defense. Rookie linebacker Khalil Mack is having a solid rookie campaign, and even though the Raiders secondary is a bit long in the tooth, Woodson and company are playing pretty well back there. This team just needs to find some offense. McFadden never really has been the answer in the backfield, and with the possible exception of Penn, the offensive line has been brutal this season. The Raiders need to work on their line play if they hope to be successful in the future and build around Carr, but that won’t be happening this season.
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The Miami Dolphins. What to say about the Dolphins. Miami started off the season in impressive fashion, shutting down the Pats in the second half of their week one game, cruising to a solid win. Since then, the Dolphions have really struggled, and are now sitting at 1-2 on the season. There was talk in Miami that Tannehill would be getting benched, and even though the young signal caller has been far from perfect this season, I don’t see that being all his fault. Miami is giong throuigh a transition offensively, and that is taking time to find it’s footing here. The Dolphins offense often looks confused out there, and when trying to run a faster pace offense, that just simply won’t work. The saving grace for the Dolphins however, is their defense. Miami’s front seven has been outstanding, and that unit should have no problems putting pressure on Carr and the Raiders offense on Sunday. Miami just needs to get out of their own way, and they’ll be fine. Oh, and don’t bench Tannehill, that would be a bad thing.
Miami is getting a lot of attention at the betting window this weekend, as roughly 70 percent of the tickets have been placed on the Dolphins, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see that number climb a bit as we head closer to kickoff.
I have to go with Oakland in this spot. I know I just spent a good portion of this write-up ripping on the Raiders, but I do see some value here. The value for me, lies within the hidden yardage. The Dolphins have been atrocious on special teams this season, while the Raiders have played well with their third unit. Do I think this is enough for the Raiders to get the outright win...maybe not. In fact, I’m not playing this game pesonally as I just can’t see investing in Oakland right now, but if I were to play it, I’d be on the Raiders.