Raiders Get Push With Oddsmakers As Tua Shelved For Week 3

Tua Tagovailoa And Carr Raiders Dolphins Background

  • NFL Sportsbooks push Raiders after Tua injury
  • Raiders cover in first two wins
  • Carr’s odds improve in NFL MVP race

With the Miami Dolphins traveling to Las Vegas on Sunday for a 1:05 PST matchup with the Raiders, Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will not play due to fractured ribs that he suffered in Sunday’s 35-0 loss to the Buffalo Bills.

Oddsmakers took note as the Raiders were raised from a (-3.5) favorite to a 4-point favorite.

Miami will start Jacoby Brissett at quarterback in place of Tagovailoa, who the team shut down after he was limited and continually pushing his health too much to have to get ready to play.

The Raiders are favored after being underdogs in their first two games, where they defeated Baltimore, 33-27, as they covered the (+3.5) and then also covered (+5.5) in last week’s 26-17 win over the Steelers.

Please Note:
There’s an uptick in Vegas with the 2-0 start as you have to go back to 1995 to find the last time the franchise started 2-0. They also have only one winning season since 2002, and that was in 2016 when the Raiders went 12-4.

Line Also Changed in Win Over Ravens

The opening Sunday night football game was a thriller as the Raiders handed the favored Ravens a 33-27 setback in overtime.

Quarterback Derek Carr had an incredible night for Las Vegas as he passed for 435 yards and hit Zay Jones for the game-winning 31-yard TD pass with just 3:31 remaining in the extra session.

Baltimore became depleted in its backfield with injuries to JK Dobbins, Justice Hill and Gus Edwards as it also had some attrition on the offensive line. This caused the line to continue to fall all of the week of Sept. 6 as the Ravens were at a (-6.5) favorite and that fell all the way to (-4.5) before kickoff.

Some online sportsbooks had even placed this line as low as Baltimore (-3.5) before the kickoff.

Stuffing the Steelers

Carr was at his best again on Sunday as he completed 28 of 37 passes for 382 yards and two touchdowns as Las Vegas picked up an impressive road win at Heinz Field. Vegas covered the (+5.5) as it took the lead for good at 9-7 on the third of four Daniel Carson field goals just before halftime.

Carr hit Foster Moreau on a 9-yard TD pass and Henry Ruggs, III, on a 61-yarder as both scores came in the second half and allowed Las Vegas to extend their win margin.

The Raiders had been the kings of covering the OVER as they had cover 13 OVERs last season.

They easily jumped on the OVER 50.5 vs. the Ravens and fell just short of the 47 points, although they put 20 on the board in the fourth quarter.

Carr is on track

Carr will face a Miami defense that has given up only 219.5 passing yards on average in its first two games while surrendering only three touchdown passes.

In addition, the Dolphins’s offense has struggled out of the shoot as the running game is only getting 3.4 yards per carry. Brissett will bring a different look to their running attack as he can get out and scramble. With this, it may explain why the OVER/UNDER on this game is placed at 45.5 (-110).

If Carr continues to sizzle and the Raiders can find the end zone in situations where they kicked field goals last week, then the 45.5 is obtainable.

Carr has thrown himself into NFL MVP discussions as some odds boards have him listed as low as (+1200) and tied for fourth place with the Chargers’ Justin Herbert.

In other spots:
He can be found as high as (+2000) as these sportsbooks do not have as much confidence in his start as he currently leads the NFL with 817 passing yards as he has completed 66.7 percent of his passes with four touchdowns and 12 pass plays of 20-plus yards.

Carr opened the season at (+6600) to win the NFL MVP as he has leaped into NFL MVP discussions.

The former Fresno State Bulldogs is also at (+1600) to pass for the most touchdowns.

There is also an interesting prop bet up this week for Carr as he has been assigned to whether he will go OVER or UNDER 349.5 yards. Betting yes has odds of (+350).

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Kenneth Cross / Author

Kenneth Cross is a new entry to The Sports Geek staff as he has 25 years of experience in print, broadcast, and internet sports journalism. Cross is a lover of all sports, but college basketball is his passion. He estimates that he has seen around 1,500 college basketball games - live and in-person - and hopes that grows this season. If you listen to Radio, you have likely heard him on Sundays covering the Carolina Panthers for some 20 years. Now in Tampa Bay, he works as a national radio correspondent.

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