Lions vs Raiders Picks, Predictions, Week 9 Odds 11/3/2019
Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions travel to RingCentral Coliseum on Sunday where they'll take on the Oakland Raiders. The line on this matchup has Oakland as 2.5-point favorites. The O/U is set at 51. The Lions are 3-3-1 ATS and 5-2-0 when betting on the total. The Raiders are 4-3-0 when wagering on the over/under and 3-4-0 against the spread.
In their last outing, the Detroit Lions faced the New York Giants and notched a win by a score of 31-26. Leading the way at QB for the Lions was Matthew Stafford who went 25/32 with 342 yards passing and tossed 3 TD's. He tossed 1 pick during the game. Tra Carson led the team on the ground for that contest. He tore off a long run of 12 yards but he never crossed the endzone by way of the rush. He scurried for 34 yards on 12 carries which meant he was running for 2.8 yards per run. Kenny Golladay was the receiving yardage leader with a tally of 123 yards on 6 receptions. He averaged 20.5 yards per reception for that contest. The Detroit Lions ended up rushing 25 times and racked up 59 yards which gave them an average of 2.4 yards per attempt. For the game, they ran 61 plays which added up to 375 yards. For the game, the Lions totaled 17 1st downs and they totaled 7 infractions for 75 yards. On the defensive side of the ball, Detroit allowed 28 completions on 41 attempts totaling 291 yards, and a completion percentage of 68.0%. On the day, they conceded a total of 371 yards and earned 1 takeaway. In the running game, the Lions allowed 80 yards on 24 tries which is an average of 3.3 yards per rushing attempt allowed. Another matchup you may want to look into is the free NFL pick from Josh Schonwald on the Redskins vs Bills contest.
Lions Now 3-3-1 After Win
The Lions head into this matchup 3-3-1 in 2019. They are in the middle of the pack in regard to scoring in the league with an average of 26 points per contest, putting them 12th among all NFL teams. As a unit, they have an average of 97 rushing yards per game which is 3rd in the NFC. For total yardage, they sit in 12th in the conference and 18th among all NFL teams with 2,657 yards. When it comes to scoring touchdowns, the Lions currently have a total of 16 passing touchdowns and 2 rushing touchdowns. They are a team that has the capability to score points in the NFC North and I wouldn't expect it to change too much in this matchup.
The Lions have one of the average defenses in the league, allowing 26.6 points per game ranking them 12th in the conference. In terms of rushing yards, Detroit is allowing 130.7 yards per game putting them 4th among NFC North teams and 26th in the NFL. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 4.7 yards per rush which has them at 12th among NFC teams and 23rd in the league overall. In total, they have conceded 678 yards rushing through 7 games. When it comes to yards through the air, the Lions have conceded 2,028 yards. Teams are completing 59.9% of the throws they are attempting against them and averaging 6.9 yards per attempt. They have conceded 14 passing touchdowns and 7 rushing touchdowns.
The last time they took the field, the Oakland Raiders faced the Houston Texans and took the loss by a score of 27-24. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Raiders was Derek Carr who went 18/30 with 285 yards passing and added 3 TD's. He walked away with no picks. Josh Jacobs led the team in rushing during the game. He tore off a long run of 23 yards but wasn't able to convert a rushing touchdown. He racked up a total of 66 yards via 15 carries which means he ran for an average of 4.4 yards per carry. Tyrell Williams was the receiving yardage leader by racking up 91 yards on 3 catches. He had an average of 30.3 yards per reception during the game. The Oakland Raiders ended up rushing 23 times and added 93 yards giving them an average of 4.0 yards per carry. For the game, the Raiders earned a total of 15 1st downs and they totaled 11 infractions for 100 yards. On the day, they finished with a total of 53 plays for 378 yards. When discussing the defense, Oakland allowed 27 completions on 39 tries totaling 258 yards, and a completion percentage of 69.0%. On the day, they allowed 388 yards but didn't get any takeaways. In the running game, the Raiders allowed 130 yards on 32 tries which means they had an average of 4.1 yards per carry allowed.
Raiders Drop to 3-4 After Loss
The Raiders come into this game with a record of 3-4. In terms of offensive proficiency, the Raiders have one of the most lackluster offenses in the NFL. In discussing their scoring prowess, the Raiders are ranked 2nd in the division and 18th out of all the teams in the league averaging 21.6 points per game. Oakland is making teams consider moving more up into the box by averaging 131 yards on the ground per contest, ranking them 7th among NFL teams. As a team, they have compiled a total of 920 yards rushing through 7 contests, so they are going to want to make some changes to the ground game if they want to make teams respect them. The Raiders average 372 yards per contest overall putting them 14th among NFL teams and 5th among AFC teams. Guy Bruhn has a NFL prediction for the contest between the Texans and Jaguars.
The Raiders are allowing 27.4 points per contest which puts them at 4th among AFC West teams and 28th in the NFL. Their pass defense is one of the middle of the road units among NFL teams. They are allowing 285 passing yards per game. For yards through the air allowed per game, the Raiders are currently ranked 16th in the conference. They have allowed 19 passing touchdowns this year. In terms of points allowed, they have given up 192 points in total. In terms of rushing yards, they are conceding 93 yards per game ranking them 9th in the league and 1st in the division. In 2019, they have allowed a total of 650 yards rushing and 5 rushing TDs.
Who will win tonight's Lions/Raiders NFL game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Lions +2.5
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