The Oakland Raiders and Miami Dolphins want to forget about last week. The Raiders want to forget about last week, and the entire season for that matter. Oakland enter Sunday night with a record of 3-5 and desperately need to get things going. A 3-6 hole is going to be too difficult to claw out of, 4-5 and that’s certainly workable. They lost in bad fashion, as they took a 34-14 loss against the Bills in Buffalo. They’re heading to the road again in Week 9, this time to a more welcoming destination, Miami.
Buffalo isn’t the most fun place to play, it’s almost like the Oakland of the east. Their fans can be nasty as it takes on more of a college atmosphere than what you’ll find in the NFL elsewhere. The seats are right on top of the field, and if you wanted to reach out and touch a player on the sideline, you could almost reach out. In the Dolphins’ newly renovated stadium, it’s a little more of a relaxed environment.
The Dolphins are on the heels of an even more embarrassing loss than the Raiders endured. They suffered a beatdown against the Ravens, 40-0, in a complete meltdown. You can’t really elaborate much on a game like that. The defense was bad, the offense was bad, there was absolutely nothing to be happy about.
Miami sent out a message this week by trading Jay Ajayi to the Eagles. Nobody is immune from getting moved out of town. However, this move isn’t going to help them in the immediate future. Ajayi was butting heads with Adam Gase and had a poor attitude overall. He is a nice talent, though, and this isn’t going to help them out any in 2017.
They got a fourth-round draft pick in return for Ajayi, so it was nothing more than wanting to get rid of the guy. The Dolphins have an anemic offense, and with Matt Moore at the controls, they looked horrific last week. Jay Cutler was getting booed off the field before his injury, so it hasn’t mattered much. The Raiders need a win, the Dolphins need a win, let’s see who rises up. Head below for our free Raiders vs. Dolphins pick.
Oakland Raiders vs. Miami Dolphins Betting Odds:
vs. Dolphins +3(-110)
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Raiders vs. Dolphins Pick:
With Derek Carr coming back from his injury this season, the Raiders had a reason to compete for the AFC. They had an unfortunate break with his injury late last season, having to go into the playoffs with Connor Cook. It didn’t go so well, but there was always next year to look forward to. Flash forward to now, and underachievers is something that comes to mind regarding the Raiders. Carr hasn’t looked great and the Raiders are in a must-win situation in Miami. He’s passed for 12 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. Certainly not awful by any standards, but Carr is at a point where he needs to be great, not just good.
Carr played an awful game against the Bills, throwing 2 interceptions which turned the game on its head. That 3 touchdown performance against the Chiefs was seemingly forgotten about really quick. Want to know something wild? The Broncos are averaging more yards per game than the Raiders. The Raiders are 20th in the NFL with 317.8 yards per game, while the Broncos are 15th. Marshawn Lynch will return Sunday night after serving a one-game suspension for shoving an official two weeks ago in the Chiefs game. He needs to provide a spark for what’s been an abysmal offense.
The Raiders have been bad on offense, and then there are the Dolphins who are awful. Miami are last in the NFL, with 252.4 yards per game. They are also last with regards to points per game, only 13.1 per game. They’re the only team in the league averaging less than two touchdowns per game. Jay Cutler is expected to play with bad ribs on Sunday night. He is not close to 100 percent. He has passed for 7 touchdowns and 5 interceptions with a 78.8 QB rating, 27th in the NFL. The Raiders have talent, they just haven’t been able to put it together. In what is a must-win spot, Derek Carr has a big game to give the Raiders some hope with a 6-7 point win.
PICK: RAIDERS -3 (-110)