The New England Patriots are the heavy favorites to win another AFC title (and Super Bowl), but the Oakland Raiders might have more overall talent than the Patriots. Last year, the Raiders were 12-4, their best season since going 11-5 in 2002, which had been the last time the Raiders reached the playoffs (lost the Super Bowl to Tampa Bay). Oakland will be a fun team to watch this season and MyBookie offers an interesting betting prop on which of three Oakland Raiders finishes with the most overall yards. Let’s examine the options.
Oakland Raiders 2017 NFL Betting Props on Most Yards
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Amari Cooper (-105)
Cooper was yet another stellar draft pick by Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie, selected No. 4 overall in 2015 out of Alabama. Cooper was an Offensive Rookie of the Year candidate that season with 72 catches for 1,070 yards and six TDs.
His quarterback, Derek Carr, also improved in 2016 and so did Cooper as he caught 83 passes for 1,153 yards and five scores. Cooper made history in the process too, setting a franchise record with 15 receptions of at least 25 yards in a single season.
Amari is the second receiver in NFL history with at least 155 catches before the age of 23. He’s the third in league history with at least 1,000 yards and 70 catches in each of his first two years. He’s fourth with 2,223 yards among receivers before age 23.
The NFL Network named Cooper the No. 53 overall player in the league entering 2017. Cooper has tacked on muscle this offseason in hopes of winning more jump balls and break tackles. In fact, Cooper saw an increase in targets by 11 from his rookie to sophomore season and that number likely will jump again this year if he stays healthy.
Marshawn Lynch (+170)
Lynch comes out of retirement to join his hometown Raiders. Oakland had to swap late-round picks with Seattle for the rights to Lynch. He got a two-year deal that will pay him a base salary of $9 million and has a maximum value of $16.5 million if he hits some incentives, including a $2 million bonus if he tops 1,000 rushing yards.
He should slide right into the featured tailback role. Without Lynch, the Raiders would’ve needed to target a power back to replace the departed Latavius Murray (signed with Vikings) and go along with 5-foot-8 speedsters DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard. In nine NFL seasons, “Beast Mode” has rushed 9,112 yards and his 245 broken tackles since 2013 lead the NFL — and that’s with him not playing at all in 2016 and just seven games in 2015.
As a matter of fact, Lynch is 35th all-time in carries. Among active players, he’s fourth, behind Frank Gore, Adrian Peterson, and Matt Forte. He’s 31 and you wonder about how much he has left after putting up only 3.8 yards per carry in his final 2015 season with Seattle, but perhaps the year off will rejuvenate him.
You can include receiving yards with Lynch, although he’s not a huge guy out of the backfield. In his last full season, 2014, he caught 37 passes for 367 yards. He rushed for 1,306 that year.
Michael Crabtree (+250)
Crabtree looked washed up in 2014 with the 49ers when he had just 698 yards in 16 games. But the shift across the bay has boosted his career. In 2015, Crabtree had 85 catches for 922 yards. That jumped to 89 catches for 1,003 yards in 2016.
Because the Raiders added WR Cordarrelle Patterson, Lynch and TE Jared Cook to their offensive core, Crabtree could see a reduction in targets. The 29-year- old likely wideout will have a hard time matching his target totals of 146 and 145 from his first two seasons in Oakland. There’s also a good chance Cooper finally surpasses Crabtree as the team leader in targets, after logging 130 and 132 in his first two NFL seasons.
The upside is that defenses may pay less attention to Crabtree, which could allow for improvement on mark of 6.6 yards per target since joining the Raiders. He also should stay heavily involved in the red zone, where he tied for fourth in the league with 21 targets last season.
Latest Oakland Raiders Betting Trends
- Odds to Win Super Bowl LII: +1500
- Odds to Win AFC Championship: +650
- Odds to Win AFC West: +180
- 2017-18 Regular Season Wins: O 9½ -135 / U 9½ +105
Upcoming Oakland Raiders 2017 Schedule
- Week 1 – Sunday, September 10, 1:00 PM ET @ Tennessee Titans
- Week 2 – Sunday, September 17, 4:05 PM ET vs New York Jets
- Week 3 – Sunday, September 24, 8:30 PM ET @ Washington Redskins
- Week 4 – Sunday, October 1, 4:25 PM ET @ Denver Broncos
- Week 5 – Sunday, October 8, 4:05 PM ET vs. Baltimore Ravens
- Week 6 – Sunday, October 15, 4:25 PM ET vs LA Chargers
- Week 7 – Thursday, October 19, 8:25 PM ET vs. Kansas City Chiefs
- Week 8 – Sunday, October 29, 1:00 PM ET @ Buffalo Bills
- Week 9 – Sunday, November 5, 8:30 PM ET @ Miami Dolphins
- Week 10 – BYE
- Week 11 – Sunday, November 19, 4:25 PM ET vs. New England Patriots
- Week 12 – Sunday, November 26, 4:25 PM ET vs. Denver Broncos
- Week 13 – Sunday, December 3, 4:25 PM ET vs. New York Giants
- Week 14 – Sunday, December 10, 1:00 PM ET @ Kansas City Chiefs
- Week 15 – Sunday, December 17, 8:30 PM ET vs. Dallas Cowboys
- Week 16 – Monday, December 25, 8:30 PM ET @ Philadelphia Eagles
- Week 17 – Sunday, December 31, 4:25 PM ET @ LA Chargers
Oakland Raiders Expert Prediction
There are pros and cons to each guy. Lynch is old for a running back and has two good young guys behind him. Cooper and Crabtree, meanwhile, are both dependent on Carr getting them the ball. And they can take yards away from each other. But I like Cooper here.