Raiders vs. Jets
Sunday 17th September, 9:05pm (UK time)
|Raiders vs. Jets||
The Oakland Raiders took care of business in Week 1 with a 26-16 win on the road in Tennessee. This week, they'll face a much lesser opponent in the New York Jets. Derrick Carr and his receiving core looked in sync, and Marshawn Lynch proved that he can still be an effective NFL runningback. The Raiders are perhaps the most exciting young team in the league right now, as well as being arguably the most balanced, and their fans should flock out to their first home fixture. Opposing teams will learn to fear facing Amari Cooper on one side of the ball and Kalil Mack on the other.
The Jets, who are the only team in the league not favuored to win a single game, lost on the road to the Buffalo Bills in Week 1 by a score of 21-12. Josh McCown, the team’s newest replacement for the disaster that was Ryan Fitzpatrick, failed to reach 200 passing yards and threw two interceptions in the loss. Bilal Powell and Matt Forte provide a nice ground attack, but New York’s shaky quarterback situation and inexperienced receiving core will cause them problems when it comes to scoring points. Their defensive line remains potent even after trading Sheldon Richardson to the Seahawks, so at least they have that going for them.
This game is about as safe a bet as you can get. The Jets shouldn’t even keep this one close in the first half. Oakland is more talented on both sides of the ball, and their receivers should pick New York’s secondary apart. It would be surprising if the Jets keep this game within 20 points by the fourth quarter and, with that in mind, look at Sky Bet’s 10/11 on Oakland to win with a 13.5 handicap.
Rams vs. Redskins
Sunday 17th September, 9:25pm (UK time)
|Rams vs. Redskins||
The Rams didn’t have much to be optimistic about heading into this season, but they sure do now. They blew out an Andrew Luck-less Colts team 46-9 in Week 1, finishing with two pick-sixes and over 300 yards from sophomore Jared Goff. Not only that, but Aaron Donald, who had been holding out over a contract all offseason, finally agreed to return to the team and prepare for the season. He missed last week, but the uber-talented defensive lineman should make his first start of the year in Week 2. Perhaps the most promising sign for Los Angeles was Todd Gurley, who looked rejuvenated after a sluggish season last year. If the Rams can win the trenches, they’ll have a chance in every game this year.
The Redskins, on the other hand, looked atrocious from the start. They lost to a mediocre Philadelphia Eagles team at home 30-17, and appeared lost on offense at times. They turned the ball over twice in a close game with valuable possessions, and failed to get any big drives started. Kirk Cousins, who’s normally stellar, finished with just 240 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. They only gained 34 total rushing yards from their runningbacks, who faced a mediocre Eagles defense. This did not look like the Washington team from last year at all.
Punters would normally take the Redskins in a heartbeat over Los Angeles, but both teams’ performances in Week 1 may have you thinking differently. The Rams’ defense should turn over Kirk Cousins once or twice in this game and create some easy scoring opportunities for Jared Goff and Todd Gurley. This could be a much more low-scoring affair than the Rams’ first game, but the return of Aaron Donald and the Redskins’ struggles on offense point to a Los Angeles victory.