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Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Raiders have potential to make a deep run

Defences could hold key in Washington clash

Marshawn Lynch seems happy at Oakland
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Some people won't have been overly impressed by Oakland posting 45 points against the hapless New York Jets last week, but the Raiders offence is firing.

Quarterback Derek Carr's broken leg put paid to their Super Bowl chances last season but a deep run into the playoffs looks to be within their scope as the Jets game came a week after a decent win over fellow AFC title hopefuls Tennessee.

They scored six touchdowns against the Jets, three of which were caught by former San Francisco wide receiver Michael Crabtree, and ex-Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch, playing for his hometown club a year after retiring, also got in on the act.

They head to Maryland in confident mood and the home side were able to put a poor defeat against Philadelphia, when they contributed to their own downfall, behind them by beating the Los Angeles Rams.

Having seen Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson depart, Washington need to get their passing game going and will be delighted that tight end Jordan Reed should be fit as he is one of Kirk Cousins' key targets.

The Raiders are capable of putting Cousins under plenty of pressure and this could be a game when the respective defences can force the issue.

Washington may not be able to keep up if Oakland get on a scoring roll, and while the over will be popular with the Redskins having eclipsed the total points line in 17 of their last 23 matches, a line of 55.5 points looks on the high side. 

Recommendation
Under 55.5 points
2pts 5-6 Sky Bet

Team News
Oakland
Cornerback Sean Smith (neck) is questionable.

Washington
Running back Rob Kelley (ribs) and tight end Jordan Reed (ribs) are both hoping to play.

Key stat
The points total has gone under in four of Oakland's last five away matches.


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The Raiders are capable of putting Cousins under plenty of pressure and this could be a game when the respective defences can force the issue
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