Las Vegas Raiders at Atlanta Falcons Betting Preview

Las Vegas Raiders

The Raiders (6-4) will try to bounce back from a bitter 35-31 home loss to Kansas City on Sunday night when they make their first trip to Atlanta since 2012. The all-time series is tied at 7-7 but Atlanta has won the last four meetings including a 35-28 victory in 2016 in Oakland in Week 2 when wide receiver Justin Hardy caught a deflected eight-yard touchdown pass midway through the fourth quarter for the go-ahead score.

Matt Ryan, who threw for three touchdowns in the contest, had his third-down pass for Tevin Coleman broken up but the ball bounced high in the air and Hardy caught it in the end zone to give Atlanta a 28-21 lead. Quarterback Derek Carr played well in that loss to the Falcons, completing 34 of 45 passes for 299 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.

Carr has been outstanding for the Raiders this season completing 219 of 314 passes for 2,431 yards, 19 touchdowns and three interceptions. He has been helped by the surprisingly strong play of an offensive line that most of the season has been without two starters in right tackle Trent Brown (COVID-19) and left guard Richie Incognito (Achilles) but still has paved the way for Josh Jacobs to rush for 755 yards and nine touchdowns.

The defense is allowing 385.8 yards per game and missed defensive end Cle Ferrell in the loss to the Chiefs, who rushed for 108 yards and three touchdowns. Ferrell, sidelined by COVID-19, could be back Sunday. Maxx Crosby, the team’s other starting defensive end, has six of the Raiders’ 11 sacks this season.

Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons (3-7), last in the NFC South, limp in off an ugly 24-9 loss at New Orleans. Ryan was sacked eight times and took 11 quarterback hits while completing just 19 of 37 passes for 232 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions. His passer rating of 48.5 was his lowest since a 47.2 pass rating in a 27-13 loss to Arizona on Oct. 27, 2013.

Despite the poor outing at New Orleans, Ryan still ranks third in the NFL with 2,978 passing yards. He needs just 22 more yards Sunday to become the eighth quarterback in NFL history with 11 consecutive seasons with 3,000 or more passing yards. However, he could be without seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Julio Jones (45 catches, 677 yards, three TDs) who interim coach Raheem Morris said would be a game-time decision with a hamstring injury.

Atlanta’s defense has limited opponents to just 102.8 yards rushing per game, which ranks ninth in the NFL and should get a boast with the return of defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. from the COVID-19 list. Linebacker Foyesade Oluokum leads the team in tackles (69) and has also forced three fumbles. Three players have at least three sacks, led by linebacker Deion Jones (3.5) while corner Blidi Wreh-Wilson tops the team with two interceptions.

Raiders at Falcons Betting Pick for Week 12

After going 2-1 in three consecutive games against AFC West opponents and almost getting a sweep before the late loss to the Chiefs, Las Vegas must avoid a letdown with back-to-back road trips to Atlanta and New York to face the winless Jets (0-10).

Head coach Jon Gruden is trying his best to keep his team focused, calling Atlanta “the best 3-7 team I’ve ever seen.” Still, the turnaround after a tough, emotional loss to the reigning Super Bowl champs followed by a three time-zone trip east and an early kickoff (10 a.m. PT) won’t be easy.

Atlanta has won four in a row in the series with the last Raiders win coming on Nov. 26, 2000 in Oakland, 41-14 behind the play of quarterback Rich Gannon, who threw for 231 yards and two touchdowns and also rushed for 64 yards. The Falcons are just 1-4 at home this season with the lone victory coming two weeks ago against Denver 34-27.

Still, they figure to take advantage of a weak Las Vegas secondary and pass rush that is allowing 273.6 yards per game, fifth-worst in the NFL.

Raiders at Falcons Betting PickRaiders 35, Falcons 28

Raiders at Falcons Best Bet for Week 12

Neither team figures to be able to stop the other, especially if Jones plays, which makes the fact the opening total of 56 has been bet down to 54 a little baffling. The Raiders are 6-1 to the over in their last seven games against a team with a losing record and are 4-1 to the over in their last five games on the road, with the lone exception a 16-6 win at rainy and windy Cleveland on Nov. 1.

Raiders at Falcons Best Bet: OVER 54 total points (-106)

Kansas City Chiefs at Las Vegas Raiders Betting Preview

Sunday, November 22, 2020, Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada, 8:20 p.m. ET

Chiefs at Raiders Betting Preview: Chiefs (-7.5/-110), Raiders (+7.5/-110)

Kansas City Chiefs

The Super Bowl champs are 8-1 and can avenge that lone blemish as a heavy favorite. The Chiefs’ 40-32 home loss to the Raiders on Oct. 11 was one of two times the Kansas City defense allowed more than 20 points. The running game has not been at its best of late, but had a chance to make improvements over the bye week.

The Chiefs had 36 rushing yards in a Nov. 8 victory over the Panthers and 50 on 20 carries one week earlier against the Jets. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes saw heavy pressure in the defeat to the Raiders and Kansas City will be challenged to fix that Sunday after starting offensive tackles Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz were placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Both have a chance to play Sunday, but will miss key practice days this week.

Las Vegas Raiders

Quarterback Derek Carr had 347 yards passing in the earlier victory over the Chiefs, with four completions over 40 yards. And while the Raiders no doubt are pleased with the victory, they have the Chiefs’ full attention now.

The Raiders have been one of the worst teams in the NFL at dealing with COVID-19 protocols and will be facing more challenges after six more active defensive players went on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday. Many of them could return by Sunday.

The Raiders are 6-3 but just 2-2 at their new $2 billion home venue just off the Las Vegas strip. They are coming off a convincing 37-12 home victory over the Broncos last Sunday which was powered by 203 rushing yards and four interceptions.

Chiefs at Raiders Betting Pick for Week 11

As impressive as the Raiders have been this season, especially when considering their COVID-19 issues, they likely aren’t good enough to overcome a fully-engaged Chiefs team.

Kansas City apparently was upset the Raiders did a victory lap around Arrowhead Stadium in their team buses after that Oct. 11 game, but the loss to their longtime rival will be enough motivation.

Chiefs at Raiders Betting Pick: Chiefs 35, Raiders 24

Chiefs at Raiders Best Bet for Week 11

While the Chiefs might want to work on their running game this week, they will be most interested in ripping off chunks of yards any way possible and figure to show no mercy.

The teams combined for 72 points the last time they played and another high-scoring affair appears to be on tap.

Chiefs at Raiders Best Bet: GAME OVER 48.5 TOTAL POINTS (-110)