Baltimore Ravens at Oakland Raiders - 10/8/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Baltimore Ravens (2-2) at Oakland Raiders (2-2)
NFL Football: Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 4:05 pm (Oakland Alameda Coliseum)
The Line: Oakland Raiders -3 -- Over/Under: 40 See the Latest Odds
The Oakland Raiders begin life without Derek Carr as they welcome the Baltimore Ravens to town on Sunday.
The Ravens look to get their offense rolling against an improved but still susceptible Oakland Raiders pass defense in a game that figures to be relatively low scoring considering the Ravens offensive woes, their stout defense, and the Raiders being without their franchise quarterback. Baltimore has struggled mightily at times this season as they were wallpapered on the “road” against the Jacksonville Jaguars and at home last weekend against their bitter rivals from Pittsburgh but this figures to be a decent opportunity for them to reverse course as the Raiders have lost back to back games and are now without Carr who is a huge part of what the Silver and Black do and without him, as we saw in last year’s playoffs, can be incredibly painful to watch.
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The Raiders will lean heavily on the run game over the next few weeks as EJ Manuel prepares to take over behind center and that may be what Marshawn Lynch needs to get rolling as he has been very quiet in his return to the NFL. Oakland will also look for their defenseive front seven to have a big game as the likes of Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin can step up in Carr;s absence and establish a defensive identity that will alleviate the pressure on the offense that has struggled over the last few weeks. Oakland is at home here and will need the crowd to make some noise and while Baltimore has shown flashes of brilliance and the ability to win big games I am not sold on them this season on the offensive side of the ball, even against an Oakland secondary that is still a work in progress.
The Ravens are 4-16-1 in their last 21 games ATS in October and 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games in week five while the Raiders are 5-1 ATS in their last six home games and 5-2 ATS in their last seven following a loss. The Ravens are getting a ton of love here and the line could keep moving down but I think Oakland can do enough to keep this close throughout and then hit the cover late in the fourth.