Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs (28) celebrates his touchdown with quarterback Derek Carr during the second half of an NFL football game against theDenver Broncos, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
The Philadelphia Eagles (2-4) travel to Las Vegas to take on the Raiders (4-2)
2021 Record: 2-2, -0.18 units
See odds and preview for Sunday’s 4:05 pm EST kickoff from Allegiant Stadium
Despite all of the drama surrounding the Raiders last week, they were still able to escape Denver with a massive victory. Not only did it help quiet all the Jon Gruden questions, but they remain in a tie atop the AFC West.
For the Eagles however, they continued to stumble. Their comeback against Tampa Bay fell short, and if it wasn’t for Jalen Hurts’ late-game heroics against Carolina, they could be 1-5.
Now they head across the country. Kick-off from Allegiant Stadium Vegas is set for 4:05 pm EST on Sunday afternoon.
Eagles vs Raiders Odds
Ov 48.5 (-110)
Las Vegas Raiders
Un 48.5 (-110)
Odds as of October 23rd at DraftKings
The Raiders enter as home favorites. They’re 2-1 outright on their turf this season, but dropped Week 5 against the Bears, and are 1-2 against the spread at home and 3-3 overall. Week 6’s cover snapped an 0-3 slide.
After their own three-game slide ATS, Philly has covered in back-to-back games. The Eagles are also a surprising 2-1 on the road and winless at home.
NFL public money caused a lot of movement. The spread bounced between 2.5 and 3.0, while the total was as high as 49.5 on DraftKings before dropping to 48.0 and settling back at 48.5.
Johnson, Goedert Looming for Eagles
While Josh Jacobs endured a bumpy start to the 2021 season, things have evened out for the Raiders’ running back.
Now that he’s back in the fold, Vegas’ injury report mainly consists of players handling minor ailments and resting. Safety Roderic Teamer was placed on IR this week.
Eagles vs Raiders: Injury Report
Anthony Harris, S
Nick Bowers, TE
Jack Anderson, OL
Philadelphia gets a key piece of their offensive line back, as Lane Johnson returns to the lineup for the first time since Week 3. Johnson stepped back from the game to focus on his mental health.
After trading Zach Ertz, Dallas Goedert was activated off of the Covid-19 list this week. It’s been confirmed he’ll play Sunday.
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It Hurts to Lose
Sure the Eagles near-comeback against the Buccaneers was exciting. But when you step back and take in the whole picture, it did little to clear up the questions surrounding the polarizing Jalen Hurts.
Jalen Hurts: 2021 Wins vs Losses
Hurts finished Thursday night with 159 all-purpose yards. He scored twice on the ground, but none of his receivers finished with more than 45 yards receiving.
This offense is not built around Jalen Hurts’ strengths. It’s frustrating to watch.
— Brenden Deeg (@BrendenDeegNFP) October 15, 2021
2020 first round pick Jalen Reagor has just 17 catches for 140 yards. DeVonta Smith, 2021’s first rounder, has run just as hot and cold as Hurts. In wins he averages 6.5 catches and 74 yards. In losses? 3.5 catches and 49.25 yards. And that includes a seven-catch, 122-yard effort against the Chiefs.
Philly Finds Solace on Road
Normally teams have a visit to Philadelphia circled on their schedules because it’s a place they don’t want to go. But this year the Eagles may be happy to hit the road.
At 2-1 on the road, Philly’s offense has been a bit better on the move. They’ve allowed fewer sacks, with more passing yards and a higher completion percentage. The only issue is that Vegas’ defense has been better at home. While they’ve got fewer sacks (seven to nine) and have yet to record an interception, completion percentage, yards allowed and rating are down across the board.
The #Eagles pass blocking ranks 5th in the NFL and run blocking ranks 10th.
Jalen Hurts ranks 29th in adjusted completion percentage.
Unlike last year, it’s hard to blame the OL in the offensive struggles this year.
— Luke Stansfield (@Luke_StansNFL) October 21, 2021
This will be Philly’s first time heading to the West coast in 2021. Their road games have been in Atlanta, Dallas and Carolina. The Eagles were 1-1 against the NFC West in 2020, with Hurts losing in Arizona during Week 15. They haven’t played the AFC West since 2017, when they went 1-1 on the road in a 13-3 season.
Raiders Look to Reclaim Home Field
It’s been a bit of a mixed bag when you look at the results from the rest of the NFL travelling to the AFC and NFC West. Road teams have done fairly well ATS at 9-5, but straight up are 6-8.
Vegas has played a part in that. Despite beating the Dolphins in OT in Week 3, the Raiders allowed an ugly Miami cover. Then there was that disastrous result against the Bears in Week 5.
🔑 @derekcarrqb and @__RUGGS have the launch codes 🔑#LVvsDEN | CBS | #RaiderNation pic.twitter.com/480MNt464c
— Las Vegas Raiders (@Raiders) October 17, 2021
Despite their success on the road, the Eagles are a tough team to trust. And the Raiders should be motivated to put their iffy home results to rest with a convincing victory.
The Pick: Raiders -2.5 (-115); 1 Unit