Oakland Raiders (0-7) at Seattle Seahawks (4-3)
|Date & Time||Sunday November 2, 2014, 4:25 PM (EST)|
The Line: Seattle Seahawks -15 -- Over/Under: 43
The Oakland Raiders and Seattle Seahawks play Sunday afternoon at CenturyLink Field.
The Oakland Raiders continue to lose games and head into this matchup with pretty much no offense. Derek Carr is completing 61 percent of his passes for nine touchdowns and five interceptions. In his last two games, Carr has one touchdown and zero picks. The Raiders have 14 passing plays of 20 or more yards, and James Jones and Andre Holmes have combined for more than 800 receiving yards and seven of Oakland’s 10 receiving touchdowns. The lack of running game certainly has not helped the Raiders, as Darren McFadden is still the only player with more than 67 rushing yards, and Oakland has only two rushing touchdowns all season. The Raiders have been held to 14 or less points in eight of their last nine games and with the schedule coming up, it’s hard to see that trend changing any time soon. Defensively, the Oakland Raiders are allowing 25.9 points, 365 yards, and they’ve forced seven sacks and six turnovers. Miles Burris leads the Raiders with 48 tackles and Khalil Mack has 10 tackles for loss.
The Seattle Seahawks snapped their two-game skid with a comeback win over the Carolina Panthers. Offensively, the Seahawks are relying on their running game that’s averaging 5.3 yards per carry. Marshawn Lynch and Russell Wilson have combined for more than 800 rushing yards and six of Seattle’s seven rushing touchdowns, as Percy Harvin was the only other Seahawk with a rushing score. Wilson is completing 65.2 percent of his passes for 11 touchdowns and three interceptions. In his last two games, Wilson has four total touchdowns and one pick. The Seahawks have 20 passing plays of 20 or more yards, and Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse have combined for more than 600 receiving yards and two touchdowns. The Seahawks have thrown for less than 200 yards in two of their last three games. Defensively, the Seattle Seahawks are allowing 21.4 points, 316.1 yards, and they’ve forced 10 sacks and seven turnovers. K.J. Wright leads the Seahawks with 51 tackles and Bruce Irvin has three sacks.
The Raiders are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games in Week 9 and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Seahawks are 40-19-1 ATS in their last 60 home games and 27-13 ATS in their last 40 games overall. The Raiders are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 meetings, while the home team is 8-0 ATS in their last 8 meetings.
Even though this is probably one of the bigger mismatches we’re going to have all season, we’re still getting 15 free points with an NFL team, which is usually unheard of. I don’t love this pick at all because there are much better options out on the board but I find it incredibly difficult to turn down the boatload of points here. No matter how bad the Raiders are, they’re still an NFL team with players who get paid and will continue to fight. This isn’t college, and the double-digit spread forces me to take Oakland.