Oakland Vs Jacksonville NFL Winning Predictions
Two of the best third-year quarterbacks will be squaring it out this week when the Derek Carr and the Oakland Raiders face off against Blake Bortles and the Jacksonville Jaguars at the EverBank Field this Sunday. Advise your online NFL betting odds for this game with the succinct game preview specially prepared for you below.
Analyzing The Oakland Raiders Vs Jacksonville Jaguars NFL Winning Predictions
Where: EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Florida
When: Sunday, October 23, 1:00 PM ET
Live Stream: CBS Sports Network
NFL Lines: Jacksonville (-1), OVER/UNDER 47.5
Why Bet on Oakland
The Raiders are coming off a disappointing home loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, but they can still hold their heads high on the account of their 4-2 start to the season and a solid placement atop the AFC West. And as big shot in the arm for Carr and his offense, Oakland’s No.1 running back Latavius Murray is expected to be back on Sunday after a stint on the sidelines due to injury, a factor that is expected to help the team’s run offense that struggled without Murray in the lineup. Even more notably, the Oakland Raiders are flawlessly 3-0 on the road this season, having defeated the trio of New Orleans, Tennessee and Baltimore away from home. Then, of course, Oakland head Coach Jack Del Rio will be making his return to Jacksonville after coaching the Jaguars from 2003-11, which should mean plenty of motivation for him to try and score one off his former employers.
Why Bet on Jacksonville
While Carr and the Raiders have been playing well offensively (ranking in the top-10 in both rushing and passing), they’ve received little to no support from their poor defense that is giving up the most passing yards in the nation (263.9 YPG) and ranks bottom-five in the league in overall defense. This should be a much-welcomed opportunity for Bortles and his offense to make the most of their opportunities. Moreover, the Jags just recorded their first back-to-back wins in a very longtime, having beaten the Colts (in London) and then shocked the hell out of Chicago with a come-from-behind 17-16 victory last Sunday. With such a momentum, and a serviceable defense to help the Jags on the other side of the ball, good things could be in store for the underrated Jags this Sunday.
Expert NFL Predictions and Picks
None of the two young quarterback have been consistent, but Carr has arguably been better under the center, thanks to his solid receivers. The fact that Murray is likely to return on Sunday should be an additional boost for the Raiders, considering that the Jags are pretty much a very beatable team when their passing game isn’t playing well. So, although Bortles is certainly capable of taking his chances against Oakland’s passing defense that is ranked last in the NFL in passing yards allowed per game, we believe that Oakland’s better-balanced offense and decent scoring defense will allow the visitors to walk out of Jacksonville with a close win plus cover.
Final Score Prediction: Oakland 26, Jacksonville 22
Writer’s NFL Pick: Oakland (+1)