The Packers seem to be well on to an undefeated last week. Many believe that the Packers biggest test for the rest of the season was last week against the New York Giants. A lot believed that was the last opportunity for a team to derail the Packers perfect season dreams, but Aaron Rodgers made sure that wasn’t the case. The Packers ultimately picked up the victory by a field goal, 38-35. The Giants tied it up late thanks to a 2-point conversion, but Rodgers calmly orchestrated a quick drive to put the Packers in field goal range.
The Raiders are coming off of a horrendous performance against the Dolphins. If you name something a team could do wrong in a game, the Raiders probably did it last week. The defense got torched, allowing 35 points against a Dolphins team that has struggled on offense this season. The offense wasn’t much better, only scoring 14 points, but Carson Palmer did pass for 273 yards and 2 TDs. The often reliable run game faltered. Michael Bush only managed to rush for 18 yards on 10 carries. The ground game is still ranked in the top-5 (4th), but it is evident that they are beginning to miss Darren McFadden. In any case, though, the Raiders are going to need a big game out of Carson Palmer. The Packers are going to get their points, that’s almost a given, but Palmer is going to need to keep up. Consequently, the run game may be abandoned early for the Raiders. It may not be a bad thing for the Raiders to attack the Packers through the air, however. The Packers have been uncharacteristically bad against the pass. With a secondary that features Charles Woodson, you would expect it to be a bit better. Speaking of Woodson, he is questionable to start on Sunday with a concussion. He has been practicing on a limited basis, so check his status before game time. The Packers will certainly appreciate it if he can suit up, as the Packers are ranked 31st against the pass. The only team worse is the New England Patriots. The Packers are allowing 292.8 yards a game, to the Patriots 310. Charles Woodson isn’t the only one banged up on defense. A.J Hawk, Desmond Bishop, and Erik Walden are all listed as questionable as well.
Raiders vs. Packers Spread, Line and Betting Odds:
Oakland Raiders +11.5 (-110)
@Green Bay Packers -11.5 (-110)
Over 51.5 (-110)
Under 51.5 (-110)
Raiders vs. Packers Pick:
The Packers defense is banged up, and it showed off against an average Giants offense last week. Brandon Jacobs did what he wanted to up the middle. Banging off 5+ yard runs on a consistent basis, something we haven’t seen from him in years. Eli Manning fired away for 347 yards and 3 TDs, with big plays a plenty down field. I definitely don’t see Carson Palmer matching that, but he should be able to put a nice stat line up.
I haven’t mentioned the Packers offense much in this article, but I’m sure you know why. The Packers are an offensive juggernaut, averaging 35 points a game, with over 300 yards through the air per game. At home, though, it gets even better where they average a mind boggling 39 points a game. Even to the stingiest of defenses, the Packers and Rodgers can post gaudy numbers. Oakland features a pass defense that gives up 231 yards a game (17th). That simply isn’t good enough to slow down the Packers high octane attack. Expect the Raiders to lose their 17th spot in the NFL rankings in this respect. The Raiders can also put up points on the road, 24.7 points a game in fact. So, all signs point to a high scoring affair. Take the over.