Oakland Raiders at Philadelphia Eagles - 12/25/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oakland Raiders (6-8) at Philadelphia Eagles (12-2)
NFL Football: Monday, December 25, 2017 at 8:30 pm (Lincoln Financial Field)
The Line: Philadelphia Eagles -9.5 -- Over/Under: 47 See the Latest Odds
The Oakland Raiders and Philadelphia Eagles meet Christmas night in NFL action at Lincoln Financial Field.
The Oakland Raiders look to play spoiler at this point after splitting their last eight games. The Oakland Raiders have lost four of their last five road games. Derek Carr is completing 63.1 percent of his passes for 3,113 yards, 20 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Carr has one touchdown pass in eight of his last 11 games. Jared Cook and Michael Crabtree have combined for 1,239 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while Amari Cooper has 42 receptions. The Oakland Raiders ground game is averaging 93.7 yards per contest, and Marshawn Lynch leads the way with 695 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, Oakland is allowing 23.1 points and 349.3 yards per game. Reggie Nelson leads the Oakland Raiders with 76 tackles, Khalil Mack has 10.5 sacks and TJ Carrie has seven pass deflections.
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The Philadelphia Eagles look for their 13th victory of the season to secure a top seed in the NFC. The Philadelphia Eagles have won eight straight home games. Nick Foles is completing 65.4 percent of his passes for 335 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions. Foles enters this game with just 52 pass attempts under his belt this season. Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor have combined for 1,503 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns while Zach Ertz has 63 receptions. The Philadelphia Eagles ground game is averaging 140.5 yards per contest, and LeGarrette Blount leads the way with 717 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Philadelphia is allowing 19.9 points and 309.2 yards per game. Nigel Bradham leads the Philadelphia Eagles with 80 tackles, Brandon Graham has 9.5 sacks and Jalen Mills has three interceptions.
The Raiders are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 Monday games, 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 2-8-2 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Eagles are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Monday games and 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Raiders are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings. The over is 7-3 in Eagles last 10 games on grass and the under is 5-0 in Raiders last 5 games overall.
The Oakland Raiders have nothing to play for at this point and the gap in overall talent between these two teams isn't really close. However, I'm not sure about laying nearly double-digit chalk with a team led by Foles at quarterback. Yes, Foles is coming off a four-touchdown performance, but expecting that weekly from him isn't reasonable, and the Eagles still barely beat the New York Giants with that performance. I'm siding with the over in this spot. The Eagles have allowed 24 or more points in three straight weeks and everybody has been able to more the ball on the Raiders this season. We could see a back and forth type contest with the final score being around 35-21. Give me the over.