Sunday, September 11, 2016
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The Oakland Raiders take on the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, September 11, 2016 at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The opening line for this game has New Orleans as 1 point favorites and the over/under was set at 51. Last season the Raiders were 8-8-0 against the spread and their over/under record was 8-6-2. The Saints had an over/under record of 9-6-1 and they were 8-7-1 against the spread.
Oakland scored 22 points per game on offense last season, which ranked 17th in the NFL. In the passing department, they averaged 23 passes on 38 attempts for a 61% percent completion percentage last season. They threw for a total of 242 yards per game through the air as well, which ranked them 16th in the league. The Raiders ran for an average of 91 yards per game on 23 attempts for an average of 4 yards per carry. That ranked them 28th in the NFL. They also ran 63 plays per contest and averaged 5.3 yards per play for an average of 334 yards per game, ranking their offense 24th overall last season. The Raiders averaged 19 first downs per game which ranked them 25th in the league. They accumulated 68.9 penalty yards per game via 8.7 penalties, which ranked 2nd in the NFL.
Oakland allowed 259 passing yards per game, ranking 26th in the league, and they allowed 25 points per contest on defense, which ranked 22nd. They gave up 25 completions on 40 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 63%. The Raiders allowed 105 rushing yards per game on 25 carries for a 4.2 average per play, which ranked their rush defense 14th in the NFL. Oakland allowed 364 total yards per game including 5.4 yards per play, which ranked their overall defense 22nd in terms of yards per game. They forced 1.6 turnovers per contest and got flagged for 6.5 penalties for 58.9 yards per game, ranking them 19th among all teams in the league.
New Orleans averaged 26 points per game last season on offense, which ranked them 8th in the NFL. In the passing department, they completed 29 passes per game on 42 attempts for a 69% percent completion percentage. They threw for 311 yards through the air per game last year, ranking them 1st. The Saints ran for an average of 93 yards per game on 25 attempts for an average of 3.7 yards per carry last season, which ranked them 24th on the ground. They also ran 69 plays per game and averaged 5.9 yards per play for a total of 404 yards per game, ranking them 2nd in the league on offense. The Saints got an average of 24 first downs per game, which ranked 1st. They averaged 69.5 penalty yards per game via 8.1 penalties, ranking them 4th in the NFL.
New Orleans allowed an average of 284 passing yards yards per game, which ranked 31st in the league. Their defense overall allowed 30 points per contest, which had them ranked 32nd. They gave up 23 completions on 34 attempts for a completion percentage of 68% per game. The Saints allowed 129 rushing yards per contest on 26 carries for a 5 average per rush, ranking their overall rush defense 31st in the NFL. New Orleans allowed 413 total yards per game for an average of 6.6 yards per play, which ranked 31st in the league. They forced 1.4 turnovers per contest and 7.1 penalties for 55.4 yards in each contest, ranking 24th.
Derek Carr finished his last game of last season with 194 yards through the air for Oakland. He completed 21 passes out of 33 attempts for a 64% completion percentage. The Raiders were led in rushing by Latavius Murray, who finished with 31 yards on 11 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 3 yards per carry. Clive Walford led the team in receiving with 4 receptions for 46 yards. He had an average of 12 yards per reception in the contest. As a team in that game Oakland totaled 205 yards by way of 55 plays. They rushed the ball 16 times for a total of 48 yards on the game and the Raiders totaled 14 first downs by getting 2 rushing, 9 passing and 3 by penalty.
Drew Brees finished his last game of last season with 323 yards through the air for New Orleans. He completed 32 passes out of 42 attempts for a 76% completion percentage. The Saints were led in rushing by Timothy Hightower, who finished with 66 yards on 16 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 4 yards per carry. Brandon Coleman led the team in receiving with 5 receptions for 81 yards. He had an average of 16 yards per reception in the contest. New Orleans totaled 390 yards by way of 65 plays. They rushed the ball 22 times for a total of 67 yards on the game and the Saints totaled 24 first downs by getting 6 rushing, 16 passing and 2 by penalty.
Oakland Betting Trends
Oakland was 8-6-2 against the over/under last season
Oakland had an ATS record of 8-8-0 last season
New Orleans Betting Trends
New Orleans was 9-6-1 against the over/under last season
New Orleans had an ATS record of 8-7-1 last season
Injuries to Watch
09/07/16 RB Jalen Richard Arm "?" Sunday vs. New Orleans
09/07/16 S Karl Joseph Undisclosed "?" Sunday vs. New Orleans
09/07/16 S Reggie Nelson Knee "?" Sunday vs. New Orleans
09/01/16 DE Mario Jr. Edwards Hip out indefinitely
08/17/16 TE Gabe Holmes Foot out indefinitely
08/11/16 OLB Aldon Smith Suspension out indefinitely
08/11/16 FB Marcel Reece Suspension expected to miss first 4 games
09/06/16 DT Sheldon Rankins Fibula IR
09/04/16 TE Michael Hoomanawanui Leg IR
08/31/16 CB Damian Swann Abdominal IR
08/31/16 LB Hau'oli Kikaha Knee PUP
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take New Orleans
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