Saturday, December 4, 2021

10 best bets of the NFL week: three games with intriguing early odds

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr throws the ball against the New York Giants on Sunday.

(John Munson / Associated Press)

The Raiders’ 23-16 defeat to the New York Giants on Sunday suggests the team is suffering from the tragic situation with Henry Ruggs III. The Raiders were better than the giants, but their failure in the red zone cost them the game.

Las Vegas have played well, all things considered, as quarterback Derek Carr and interim manager Rich Bisaccia have shown tremendous leadership this season under very difficult circumstances. However, Carr threw a pickup-six and the Raiders went 1-in-6 in the red, which included groping on the Giants’ 13-yard line trying to hit the final touchdown in final gear. They had six yards per game compared to 4.5 for the Giants and nearly 160 yards more.

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The bosses were unimpressed in the Packers’ win without Aaron Rogers 13-7. The offense stretched just 3.8 yards per game, while the usually weak defense made up for the weakness. There are very good reasons to believe that the Raiders are looking better right now, especially when they are playing at home.

Choice: Raiders +2.5

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