The Las Vegas Raiders are trying to put off-field distractions to one side. Losing your coach is tough, but this team has been through the ringer and could come out the other side.
Philadelphia plays better on the road, so it’s looking to get its season back on track.
|Game: Philadelphia Eagles (2-4) at Las Vegas Raiders (4-2)
Location: Allegiant Stadium
Date/Time: Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET
|Las Vegas Raiders||-3||-155||48½|
The Eagles and Raiders have played only 13 times in history, with Philadelphia holding a slim 7-6 advantage.
Their most recent meeting came in 2017, when the Eagles won 19-10 at home, but that’s when the Raiders were based in Oakland and the Eagles had Nick Foles at the quarterback position.
Next game: Detroit Lions
The Eagles were always going to struggle against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and they did.
Despite the 28-22 scoreline looking relatively close, the game was out of hand early. A late touchdown saved face, but it was chalked up as another loss for the 2-4 Eagles, who are still winless at home.
They lost the game, but they kept bettors happy by covering the spread with the sportsbook. There was late moneyline money, but not helping the Eagles cause was quarterback Jalen Hurts, who is struggling.
The Eagles are moderately healthy. Rick Lovato, K’Von Wallace and Tyree Jackson could miss Sunday’s game.
The biggest omission could be tight end Dallas Goedert, who has picked up an illness.
Las Vegas Raiders
Next game: vs New York Giants
The Raiders bounced back from consecutive defeats with a win over the Denver Broncos.
Despite losing their coach, the Raiders knuckled down and rose to the occasion. Beating Denver on the road isn’t easy, but Derek Carr continues his improved season.
Raiders’ QB Derek Carr on Jon Gruden: “I love the man, I hate the sin.” pic.twitter.com/WFlwxwUAxo
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 13, 2021
Carr went 18 of 27 for two touchdowns, which helped bettors cash the +5 NFL spreads line. It was an easy cover and it would have been easier had the Broncos not scored 14 points in the fourth quarter.
There are no serious injuries for the Raiders. Safety Dallin Leavitt and tight end Nick Bowers could miss game time after picking up quadriceps and neck injuries, respectively.
Wide receivers Henry Ruggs III and Bryan Edwards are also in doubt, but Ruggs has improved throughout the week.
Betting on the Game
We think bettors are getting excellent value with the Raiders, who have the more explosive offense.
There isn’t much difference in the statistical department, but with the Eagles gaining only 246.7 yards passing per game, the Raiders are likely to encompass that with ease.
The Raiders have been a solid bet against the spread, going 3-3. Because the line is only -3, that gives bettors plenty to work with. It would be a different situation if the line moved to 3½, so we’re keen to lock in the line.
Most of the early betting money has come for the Eagles from the start. However, we think the market will even out on game day. Trading away Zach Ertz could have major ramifications for the Eagles.
“He will always be a member of the Eagles family, not only because of what he accomplished on the field, but also because of the wonderful person, dedicated leader, and exemplary role model that he was for nine seasons in Philadelphia,” Eagles CEO Jeffrey Lurie told ESPN.
Countless unforgettable moments pic.twitter.com/HAqLztnJze
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) October 15, 2021
Our NFL predictions naturally have the Raiders winning the game outright. Bookmakers have the line at -155, which should be included in NFL parlays.
The total is set at 49 points, and we’re leaning toward the under. The Raiders scored 34 points last week, but that came against a flimsy Broncos defense. We rate the Eagles defense slightly higher, so we’re expecting a low-scoring game.