We heard Rob Barnett’s breakdown of the Raiders vs. Redskins from a gaming perspective, now our man Griff gives you his pick if you plan on betting the game.
Raider’s fans everywhere are pumped up about this 2-0 dominating start, and if you have been betting them you’ve probably been dancing like Marshawn Lynch. Well this soul train doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon.
The Raiders play the Washington Redskins in DC this week and are 3-point favorites. Being a favorite on the road is always tough but this Redskins team has yet to show much to worry about. With a 1-1 record, losing their one home game to the Eagles then beating the Rams in LA in a close finish; Redskins appear to be a team still trying to figure themselves out. Raiders don’t have that problem. They appear to know exactly who they are, and with the addition of Lynch, they have added a level of toughness that has lacked for some time. Their biggest question mark was the undersized middle of their defense and yet that has not proven to be a factor thus far.
As far as matchups go the Raiders shouldn’t have much an issue controlling the line against this defensive front. Raiders are tied with the fewest sacks to start this year and are number one in points scored. Outside of Ryan Kerrigan, Redskins don’t have many defensive threats. It would be surprising if the Raiders weren’t able to get whatever they want. The Redskins did run well last week against the Rams and were able to do just enough late to seal the deal. The Raiders will negate that run game if they are able to put points up early like they were able to against their first to opponents, forcing the ‘Skins to have play keep up.
Raiders -3 is the way to go. There are some -3.5 out there you want to say far away from. Too many games end by a field goal and even though that shouldn’t be a factor in this game you always want to give yourself the best chance to cash tickets. The over is 54.5 and Over again is the play here. Fifty-five is a lot of points but, expect the Raiders to light it up and the Redskins should score enough on the back end to get it over the top.