The playoff-hungry Las Vegas Raiders welcome a scrappy Football Team in Washington when they visit The Death Star in Sin City this weekend. Both teams have had up and down seasons and dealt with various injuries and other setbacks to star players. Both are coming off of good wins and look to keep that streak going and make a playoff run.
The game will start at 1:25 PST under perfect dome conditions.
Washington has won three in a rowThe Washington Football Team was dominant in their win Monday night against the reeling Seattle Seahawks. The defense frustrated the Hawks, especially in the run game, and 0nly allowed thirty-four yards rushing. Russel Wilson went twenty for 31 pass attempts for 247 yards and two touchdowns. Tyler Lockett caught three passes for 96 yards and a gaudy average of 32 yards per pass but had no scores. Washington QB Taylor Heinicke was again good enough, throwing for 223 yards on twenty-seven for 35 attempts with one interception and one touchdown. Antonio Gibson had a great night running the ball for the Football Team, gaining one hundred and eleven yards on nine carries.
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J.D. McKissick contributed another thirty yards in the run game and scored a touchdown. The difference in the score was a short field goal by Slye of twenty-three yards. Washington has reeled off three straight wins, including beating the Tom Brady-led Buccaneers and the defensively-minded Panthers. They dropped four previously to the Bronco's, Packers, Chiefs, and Saints. They opened the season after four games with losses to the Chargers and the Bills and Wins against the Giants and the Falcons. With a record of five wins and six losses, Washington is in second place in the NFC East and has an outside shot at the playoffs. The team now travels west on a short week to face the Raiders in Vegas.
The Washington Football Team has a simple plan to win games. They want to run the ball a lot, pass when they have to, play great defense and not turn the ball over. Their Achilles Heel is the red zone. The Football Team has the second-worst red-zone conversion percentage in the NFL at forty-seven percent, and in away games, they are even worse at forty-one percent. The Football Team averages 20 points per game on offense and surrenders an average of 26 on defense. Washington throws for an average of 225 yards per game and rushes for 125.
The Raiders pulled off one of the most improbable wins of the season, beating the Cowboys on Thanksgiving. Will that squander that momentum or keep it rolling against the Football Team of Washington.The Raiders playoff hopes are very much alive after a turkey day defeat of the cowboys that nobody saw coming. The Raiders were left like a dead skunk on the side of the road by the football world following two losses to the Giants and Chiefs. Then, they rose up and beat the Cowboys at Jerry-world.
Previously the Vegas squad beat the Eagles at home and the Bronco's at Mile High after losing their coach to a kerfuffle over emails and a star receiver to a deadly DUI car crash, and a cornerback who made death threats brandishing guns in an online video rant. They opened the season with three straight wins, Ravens, Steelers, and Dolphins. Then the Raiders dropped two games in a row to the Bears at home and the Chargers on the road in John Gruden's last game. Winston Churchill defined Russia as "a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma," The same can be said of the Vegas squad this year.
Derek Carr can lead the league in passing one week and the following week look awful and turn it over three times.
The defense can pressure the quarterback and stymie a team all day – only to give up a 65-yard touchdown play in crunch time and lose. The unit can seemingly have solved the penalty problem that plagued them for many years and then commit fourteen penalties for 110 yards in a single game. (On the bright side, it could have been worse – the Cowboys committed 14 penalties for 166 yards). One thing that stood out in the game against the Cowboys that could be of vital import for the rest of the season for the Raiders is the play of Desean Jackson. Jackson set the tone early with a long score on a simple crossing route to start the raiders on offense against Big-D. He bedeviled the Dallas secondary the rest of the game, causing them to commit several holding and pass interference penalties. He definitely has added a new dynamic to the Raiders passing attack.
Explosive tight-end Darren Waller, the team's leading receiver, hurt his knee against Dallas and is likely to miss this game. Tight End Foster Moreau had filled in nicely before having a great day against the eagles when Waller was out last. That day the reserve tight-end hauled in six catches for sixty yards and a touchdown. By the numbers, Carr leads the league in passing yards at 3,414, and the Raiders ranks 6th in total offense based on yards gamed but only score about 24 points per game. They are lousy in the red zone. They have the twentieth-ranked defense and allow 27 points per game.
- Raiders are 1-5 ATS in their last six games as a home favorite.