Jon Gruden and the Oakland Raiders turn to the east coast where they look to follow up their second win of the season with another win in Baltimore. The Raiders were able to snap a five-game losing streak against the Cardinals last week, 23-21. It probably did them more harm than good because they should just be tanking to improve their draft position. No one cares that they beat the Cardinals, another unimpressive team, so what does the win really do.
There isn’t anyone really impressed by the win. If a tree falls in the woods does it make a sound? At least Gruden and Derek Carr were able to sleep better at night this week. Especially Carr who needed something to go his way this season. As much as people want to believe Gruden cares about this season, he has his eyes set on Las Vegas just like his boss Mark Davis. He can start sweating if the Raiders are struggling in Vegas, because that means Davis is going to start hemorrhaging money.
Not many teams can say they doubled up their win total last week, so the Raiders have that to be proud about. What’s not to be proud about is that it was against Josh Rosen and an equally terrible Cardinals team. In any event, they have a chance to win a signature win against the Ravens in Baltimore this week. The Ravens went with Lamar Jackson last week in place of the injured Joe Flacco.
It was an up and down performance for Jackson, but it was abundantly clear that he is a much more exciting player to watch than Flacco. If you want to watch him play again this week, then you’re going to be happy about the status of Joe Flacco. Head below for our free Raiders vs. Ravens pick.
Oakland Raiders vs. Baltimore Ravens NFL Week 12 Betting Odds:
vs. Ravens -10.5(-110)
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Despite the win last week, the Raiders’ offense has managed to score just 12.6 points per game in their previous five games. The two teams that they score more than 20 points against have beatable defenses. However, in their three other games, they scored just 4 points per game in the other three games. Overall, Oakland are averaging just 17 points per game in 2018. When they threw away Amari Cooper, that was a blow to an already stagnant offense.
Was Cooper playing well? Not even close, he was playing out there with stone hands. But what he did do is keep defenses honest. They had still had to worry about him and plan for Cooper. Jordy Nelson has been scaring any defenses and he has been fighting injuries. Nelson has been limited in practice this week and may be able to play in Baltimore, but it’s worth keeping an eye on. Either way, it’s going to be difficult for the Raiders to move the ball on the Baltimore defense.
The Ravens enter Week 13 ranked 1st in the league with 300 yards allowed per game. They’re also 1st with only 18.1 points allowed per game. Conversely, the Raiders are 30th with 29.3 points allowed. I don’t think it really matters who starts for the Ravens in this contest, but Jackson has been confirmed as the starting quarterback for Sunday.
Jackson was electric on the ground rushing last week. He accumulated 117 yards with his legs, but also made a mistake and threw a pick. Oakland can’t stop the run, they’re allowing 142.3 yards per game for 31st in the NFL. Not good news against a Ravens squad who just ripped off 265 rushing yards last week and who are 3rd in the league on the ground. The Raiders likely aren’t going to be able to move the ball on the Ravens, so that’s just icing on top. They are also traveling from the west to the east coast to play one of the most physical defenses in the league. Odds makers are going to have to give the Raiders some more points for me to consider them. Instead, laying the points with the Ravens looks like the right play.