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

Game
Oakland Raiders (2-1) at Baltimore Ravens (3-0)
Date & Time Sunday October 2, 2016, 1:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Baltimore Ravens -3.5 -- Over/Under: 46
TV Channel
CBS
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NFL | Oakland Raiders (2-1) at Baltimore Ravens (3-0)
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The Oakland Raiders and Baltimore Ravens square off Sunday afternoon in a AFC showdown at M&T Bank Stadium.

The Oakland Raiders look for their third road victory to get off to an impressive start to the season. Derek Carr is completing 66.9 percent of his passes for 867 yards, five touchdowns and one interception. Carr has at least one touchdown pass in nine straight games. Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree have combined for 490 receiving yards and one touchdown while Clive Walford has 11 receptions. The Oakland Raiders ground game is averaging 148.3 yards per contest, and Latavius Murray leads the way with 153 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Oakland is allowing 26.3 points and 476 yards per game. Reggie Nelson leads the Raiders with 26 tackles, Bruce Irvin has one sack and David Amerson has one interception.

The Baltimore Ravens look to start the year 4-0 for the first time since the 2006 season. Joe Flacco is completing 64.4 percent of his passes for 774 yards, three touchdowns and four interceptions. Flacco has thrown two picks in four of his last five games. Dennis Pitta and Steve Smith have combined for 253 receiving yards on 34 catches while Mike Wallace has 10 receptions. The Baltimore Ravens ground game is averaging 82.3 yards per contest, and Terrance West leads the way with 119 yards on 33 carries. Defensively, Baltimore is allowing 14.7 points and 254.3 yards per game. Zachary Orr leads the Ravens with 24 tackles, Timmy Jernigan has three sacks and C.J. Mosley has two interceptions.

The Raiders are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games in October. The Ravens are 2-9-1 ATS in their last 12 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Raiders are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Baltimore.

Oakland has to be the pick considering we're getting points with the better team. The Raiders have more overall talent and have two road victories under their belt already. Sure, the Ravens are 3-0, but those wins came against Buffalo, Cleveland and Jacksonville and were decided by a combined 13 points. I need to see more from the Ravens before I think this is a true team to keep an eye on. Oakland should be able to win this game outright and the fact we're getting points makes the wager that much sweeter. 

Pick:
Oakland Raiders +3.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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