The Oakland Raiders punched out Paxton Lynch and the Denver Broncos last week, as the Raiders keep their playoff dreams going. We shouldn’t be talking about a 5-6 team and the postseason, but the Chiefs have been so abysmal that they are opening up the door for the rest of the division. The Chiefs have gone 1-5 in their last six to fall to 6-5. It looked like they were going to run away with the AFC West, but thanks to their recent slide, it’s wide open at the moment.
If you watched the Raiders in Mexico City against the Pats, they didn’t look like a playoff team at all. The Broncos are such an awful team this year, it’s difficult to judge them off last week. The pass rush made life difficult on Payton Lynch, as headed to the bench in tears. No, really, Lynch suffered an injury which ended his horrific day at the office. It was a big game for Lynch, who is fighting for his career with the Broncos, but he came up short.
We called it, as we cashed in on the UNDER. Trevor Siemian nearly completed a nice comeback, but it wasn’t enough in a 21-14 ball game. Derek Carr dropped a beautiful pass across the middle of the field to close it out. Falling back, Carr got a big strike which allowed the Raiders to go in victory formation and take a knee. Carr will be down some targets in this matchup against the Giants.
Michael Crabtree was suspended due to the scuffle with Aqib Talib, and Amari Cooper has been ruled out. The Giants already upset the Broncos on the road, well, it was an upset at the time. It doesn’t look so good of a win knowing what we know now about the Broncos. However, the Raiders can’t take the Giants lightly here. They have to keep their focus on plugging away at the Chiefs’ lead in the AFC West.
The Giants have been in damage control this week, as they try and explain to the public why they’re benching Eli Manning in favor of Geno Smith. Benching Tyrod Taylor for Nathan Peterman is one thing, but benching a two-time Super Bowl winner for Geno Smith is a bit perplexing. Whether he’s been struggling or not, Eli has done a lot for this organization, and sitting him down for a guy who has been useless in his five-year career.
Smith was a week-to-week starter as a rookie in 2013 and 2014. He passed for 12 touchdowns and 21 interceptions as a rookie, and 13 touchdowns and 13 interceptions the following year. Since then, he’s been a backup and has made spot starts. Smith had a start in 2016, where he threw a touchdown and interception. That’s his only start in the last three seasons. Head below for our free Giants vs. Raiders pick.
N.Y. Giants vs. Oakland Raiders Betting Odds:
vs. Raiders -9(-110)
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More than anything, benching Eli Manning has the potential to derail a locker room. Manning hasn’t been great this season, he looks like a shell of his former self, but the rest of the team isn’t help out, either. He’s also fallen victim to an injury to his favorite wide receiver. Odell Beckham just isn’t the best playmaker on the Giants, he’s one of the best in the NFL overall. I just don’t see how subtracting Eli, and adding Geno Smith helps the situation any. If Geno was a 1st or 2nd rounder sitting on the bench, waiting for an opportunity to show his stuff, I can understand making this move. However, that isn’t the case here.
The Giants’ offense is 28th in the NFL with 295.9 yards gained per game. They’re scoring 15.6 points per game for 31st. McAdoo is hoping Geno can give his team a spark, with his job on the line. Beckham is not the only injury that has impacted the G-Men in 2017. Other notable injuries include offensive tackle D.J. Fluker and cornerback Janoris Jenkins. No Beckham and Fluker in the offense is really hurting things. The Giants’ offensive line was nothing special to begin with, but take out Fluker and it’s difficult to open up holes. It appears that offensive guard Justin Pugh will be unable to go again this week as well, as he is doubtful on the injury report heading into Sunday.
The offense has been bad, and the defense is getting shredded. Besides shutting down the Chiefs, they haven’t had much to get excited about. The Giants are 31st in the league, allowing an average of 389.9 yards per game. They have had a heck of a time trying to defend the run, as they’re giving up 131.7 yards per game, next to last. The Raiders’ defense got a much needed positive performance last week. The Broncos ran for only 56 yards on the ground, and 190 yards passing.
Most of those yards through the air came as the Giants were up big and playing prevent against Siemian. They should have another nice game against a bad Giants’ offense under Geno Smith. This must be a game the Raiders take their opponents out to the toolshed. The Raiders are going to be presented with a good chance of doing it against McAdoo’s Giants. Oakland should be able to overcome their injuries at receiver, and get a double-digit win at home.
PICK: RAIDERS -9 (-110)