Detroit at Oakland
Time: 3 PM CST (FOX)
Spread: OAK -2.5
Odds c/o 5dimes
The Oakland Raiders are 3-4 and in second place in the AFC West behind the 5-3 Kansas City Chiefs. Oakland has dropped its last two with a 24-27 loss last week to the Houston Texans and a 24-42 loss to the Green Bay Packers prior to that. The Raiders are 2.5-point favorites hosting the Detroit Lions at 3 PM CST Sunday on FOX. The over/under is set at 51 points according to NFL Oddsmakers at bookmaker 5dimes.
Oakland fell by a field goal last week despite entering the fourth quarter with a 21-13 lead. The Raiders gave up two touchdowns in the final quarter to the Texans to surrender its lead and suffer its second-straight loss. Derek Carr threw 18 of 30 for 285 yards and three touchdowns. The Raiders managed just 93 rushing yards on its 23 attempts, with Josh Jacobs leading the team in both attempts (15) and yards (66). Tyrell Williams and Hunter Renfrow caught three and four passes, respectively, for 91 and 88 yards— both scored a touchdown. The Raiders looked pretty good offensively in the game, but the fourth quarter defensive meltdown cost Carr and company a win.
The Raiders rank No. 15 in the NFL in passing yards with 240.4 per game and are No. 7 via the rush with 131.4 yards per game, so last week’s 88 yards was something of underachievement from the backfield. Oakland scores 21.6 per game, but its defense has not been good. The Raiders surrender 27.4 points per game and have a negative point differential of -5.8 points.
Carr has quietly put together a pretty solid season. The veteran quarterback has 1,695 passing yards on 72.1 percent passing with a 7.7 yard-per-catch average. He has thrown 11 TD passes and just four interceptions, and he has also only been sacked eight times on the season. Carr is not much of a rushing threat with just seven attempts for 12 total yards, but he did rush for one touchdown. Jacobs leads the team with 124 rushing attempts for 620 yards and four touchdowns. He has also accounted for 30 first downs this season. No. 2 running back DeAndre Washington has just 34 attempts and averages only 3.7 yards-per-carry.
The top receiver for Oakland has been tight end Darren Walker. He leads the team in receptions (46), yardage (496) and first downs (25). Walker is No. 2 in touchdowns with three. WR1 Tyrell Williams has 20 catches for 307 yards and leads the team with 15.4 yards-per-catch. He has caught five TD passes. Renfrow rounds out the top-three with his 18 catches for 203 yards and a touchdown.
Raiders wide receiver Dwayne Harris has been very good on his kickoff returns. With his four attempts, he has gained 37.3 yards-per-attempt and has a long-return of 72-yards. Kicker Daniel Carlson is 6 of 7 on FGA with his only miss coming from beyond midfield. He is 19 of 19 on PATs.
The Detroit Lions are 3-3-1 on the season and currently are in third place in the NFC North. The Lions won 31-26 over the New York Giants last week, but it lost three straight after entering last week with losses to Minnesota, Green Bay, and Kansas City. The Lions are 1-1-1 on the road this season.
Matt Stafford has been his usual good and consistent self for the Lions. He has 2,093 passing yards on the season with an 8.4 yard-per-catch average, 16 touchdowns, and just four interceptions. Stafford has been sacked 16 times for a total loss of 114 yards but keeping his interceptions down aids his passer rating in its decent standing at 105.3. Stafford has also rushed 17 times for 60 yards and five first downs.
No. 1 running back Kerryon Johnson has done a decent job with 308 yards on the season, but he averages just 3.3 yards-per-attempt. No. 2 running back JD McKissic leads the team with 6.8 yards-per-carry, but he has attempted just 16 rushes on the season, barely two per game.
Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones Jr, and Danny Amendola all have over 300 receiving yards on the season and have 12 of the Lions’ 16 total receiving touchdowns. Tight end TJ Hockenson rounds out the relevant targets with 19 catches for 240 yards and two touchdowns. The Lions average 13 yards per reception and have created 101 first downs via the pass.