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Oakland Raiders at Baltimore Ravens - 10/2/16 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Oakland Raiders (2-1) at Baltimore Ravens (3-0)

NFL Football: Sunday, October 2, 2016 at 1:00 pm (M&T Bank Stadium)

The Line: Baltimore Ravens -3.5 -- Over/Under: 46 See the Latest Odds


The Oakland Raiders and Baltimore Ravens square off in week 4 NFL action on Sunday afternoon.

The Oakland Raiders improved to 2-1 on the year with a 17-10 victory over the Tennessee Titans. Derek Carr went 21 for 35, throwing for 249 yards and a touchdown that was negated by an Avery Williamson interception. DeAndre Washington led Oakland with 57 yards on 6 carries while LaTavius Murray contributed 37 yards on 10 carries, including a 22-yard touchdown. Michael Crabtree led the Raiders receiving core with 102 yards on 8 receptions, tops in both categories, while Amari Cooper was not far behind catching 4 balls for 62 yards. Oakland had their best defensive output of the season, holding the Titans to 393 yards of total offense. That’s still a lot, but the silver lining is that it was the first time this season the Oakland allowed under 500 yards of total offense. The effort was highlighted by a Denico Autry sack and a pair of interceptions courtesy of Sean Smith and Reggie Nelson, who added to his interception by recovering a Bruce Irvin forced fumble.

Oakland Raiders at Baltimore Ravens - 10/2/16 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction


The Baltimore Ravens improved to 3-0 with a 19-17 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Joe Flacco threw for 214 yards on 29 of 40 passing with 2 interceptions on the day, however he made up for it with Baltimore’s lone touchdown on one of his 3 rushing attempts while racking up 12 yards. Terrance West led the Ravens backfield for the second consecutive week with 45 yards on 10 carries, while Justin Forsett barely made a peep with 20 yards on 7 carries. Steve Smith led Baltimore’s receiving core with 8 receptions for 87 yards, team highs in both categories. Defensively the Ravens got after Jacksonville, logging 4 sacks as a team thanks to Timmy Jernigan, Lawrence Guy and a pair from Terrell Suggs to go along with 3 team interceptions of Jags QB Blake Bortles from Zachary Orr, C.J. Mosley and Tavon Young.

Oakland is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 vs. the AFC while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 following a straight up win. Baltimore is 2=9=1 ATS in their last 12 home games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 homes games vs. a team with a winning record while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. The home team is 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings.

I’m going to side with Oakland here. Baltimore’s offense has been sporadic as they haven’t scored more than 20 points twice this season, against 3 opponents with a combined record of 1-8. Oakland’s offense will be the best this Ravens team will have faced to date and I think the Raiders will be able to give Baltimore problems. Not to mention Oakland has already won both of their road games so far this season.

Give me the Raiders and the points.

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