Eagles vs. Raiders Week 7 Predictions, Odds & More
It’s been six weeks of Eagles football. And for six weeks, the Eagles were underdogs. Let’s do seven, okay?
Of course, the Eagles are on the road this week as they travel to Vegas to take on the Raiders two weeks after the team parted ways with head coach Jon Gruden following the release of multiple emails. racist, misogynistic and homophobic dating back at least 10 years, but they are playing the role of outsider again even though that gap is narrower than it was last week when they welcomed (and lost) the defending champion Bucs during Thursday Night Football.
The Eagles should be well rested after a week of mini-goodbyes and will recover Dallas Goedert – and likely Lane Johnson as well – which should more than make up for the loss of Zach Ertz, who will play for another team on Sunday for the first time. of her career. Nick Sirianni will be looking to get his side back on track and avoid another losing streak – and he will have to do so against a Raiders side who appeared to rally in their first game without Gruden at the helm.
Can they surprise like they did two weeks ago in Carolina? Or will the Raiders go 2-0 in the post-Gruden era and send the underdogs Eagles back to Philly with their tail stuck between their legs? (That’s right, a double animal metaphor.) Here’s a look at how our writers see it going on Sunday afternoons …
• GAME INFORMATION •
Eagles (2-4) vs. Buccaneers (4-2)
Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET | Allegiant Stadium (Las Vegas, Nevada)
TV: FOX (Kenny Albert and Jonathan Vilma)
RADIO: 94.1 WIP (Merrill Reese and Mike Quick)
|DraftKings||LV -3||PHI +140
|FanDuel||LV -3||PHI +136
|UniBet||LV -3||PHI +133
|BetMGM||LV -3||RPS +135
• PREDICTIONS •
@JimmyKempski | Email | Stories
RECORD 2021: 4-2
TO TAKE: Raiders 28, Eagles 21
So far this season, the Eagles have faced three opponents – the Cowboys, Chiefs and Buccaneers – with explosive infractions. They face another Sunday in Las Vegas, as Derek Carr leads a passing attack with TE Darren Waller and an intriguing trio of young wide receivers in Henry Ruggs, Bryan Edwards and Hunter Renfrow.
In those three games against the Cowboys, Chiefs and Bucs, Nick Sirianni released the ball hoping to tie the game against those high-octane offenses. He ran the ball with his backers in those games a total of 22 (!) Times, or 7.3 times per game. It turned out to be an absurd approach, especially against a pair of Cowboys and Chiefs teams, whose defenses are ill-equipped to stop strong, rushed attacks.
The Raiders are in the same boat as the Cowboys and Chiefs, in that they have struggled to stop the race this season. In their two losses, their opponents – the Chargers and Bears – each had over 30 non-QB rush attempts. The flow of play was certainly taken into account, but these teams were effective in keeping the Raiders’ offense off the field.
Will Sirianni adjust and try to control the ball, while relieving struggling quarterback Jalen Hurts? I doubt. Based on the sample size of three games against other explosive offenses, the Eagles will attempt to beat the Raiders by playing the type of game the Raiders would prefer.
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@evan_macy | Email | Stories
RECORD 2021: 4-2
TO TAKE: Raiders 27, Eagles 24
I think the Eagles are going to win even more games this season, and I don’t think the Raiders are much better than Philly, but I’m going to face them in Vegas after their emotional victory last week, I think the L ‘ The Raiders’ momentum will lead them to a competitive victory on Sunday.
It’s been years since the Eagles last played and they should be fresh out of their mini-goodbye week following their Thursday night loss. Lane Johnson and Dallas Goedert are back and the offense should be better on paper for sure. If they took the time to think it over and perhaps made the necessary changes to their scheme and plan of attack, we might see a team that looks more like the dynamic offense that erupted in a victory for the week 1. But I think this team’s growing pains will continue until week 7, as they will falter in a winnable contest. I think it’s going to be a game they can build on, unlike a game that makes fans want everyone to be fired and traded.
@matt_mullin | Email | Stories
RECORD 2021: 5-1
CHOICE: Eagles 24, Raiders 23
All of my colleagues are seeing roughly the same result on Sunday: a loss of possession for the Eagles. I also see the game is close because the Eagles aren’t good enough to blow up most of the teams, and the Raiders are one of those teams. Vegas is not Great but it’s definitely not Atlanta (the only team the Eagles have beaten hands down this season). That being said, I don’t think the Raiders are a very good 4-2 team, with wins over the Dolphins, Broncos and Steelers, and their Week 1 win over the Ravens looking more and more like a outlier each week.
Still, you have to give Vegas credit for hitting the road last week and beating the Broncos despite all the turmoil around them. But what did we see happen too often the following week to teams who rallied for a big victory in the face of adversity? They come out flat and end up losing. Add to that the Eagles who had a long week after a loss that ended in a little positive second-half momentum, and there is at least a path to an Eagles victory here. I mean, they’re just three-point underdogs on the western route – and it’s not hard to imagine the team rallying behind Lane Johnson if he returns from his recent fight with anxiety. I choose this game purely by touch, and it feels like an Eagles win.
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@KyleNeubeck | Email | Stories
RECORD 2021: 4-2
CHOICE: Raiders 28, Eagles 20
What an opportunity – I can either pick the 2-4 team whose only win since Game 1 was a shaky late-game comeback against Carolina, or the 4-2 team whose head coach resigned in disgrace in the wake of racist, homophobic, and sexist emails that came to light in a large-scale NFL investigation that is now being swept under the rug. A real choice from Sophie.
I’m tempted to go with the Eagles here given the circumstances, and you’re encouraged by the fact that Philly has trailed in almost all of their losses except the Cowboys stench. But picking against the home side has been a successful strategy this year, and beating the Raiders would likely depend on engagement in the racing game. Is anyone convinced that Nick Sirianni is ready to do it? Neither do I.
@JSantoliquito | Stories
RECORD 2021: 4-2
TO TAKE: Raiders 28, Eagles 20
Derek Carr is mediocre at best, but he’s better than Jalen Hurts at this point in his career.
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@shandershow | Stories
RECORD 2021: 4-2
TO TAKE: Raiders 31, Eagles 25
The Raiders did something I didn’t think was possible last week, something that will certainly continue in front of a local crowd. Getting out on the road and beating a good defense – after being left to deal with Jon Gruden’s mess – was impressive.
The Raiders have always been talented on offense, even though they weren’t really running the game. Here’s the weird thing about this game, the Eagles are a short favorite against a home Raiders team with all the momentum. Normally I would show something with the Eagles and say how easily they can sneak up to Vegas and steal a road win. The problem remains that Jalen Hurts has way too much on his plate and without the help of Nick Sirianni to come anytime soon.
The Eagles’ running defense may take a break because the Raiders aren’t good enough to run – or simply refuse to try. Derek Carr has two fast weapons and a monster target at TE, much like the Eagles. This game can boil down to which team the team’s neglected running game appears first. We’ll see exactly how it goes, but I love that the Raiders are covering a 3 point gap after meeting up last week. If anyone can locate the Eagles offense, that would be great.
@JFMcMullen | Stories
RECORD 2021: 5-1
TO TAKE: Raiders 28, Eagles 23
How much self-reflection did the Eagles coaching staff do during the mini-bye?
It is perhaps the biggest outlier before Las Vegas, especially after the Raiders persevered last week in the wake of the Jon Gruden scandal. Interim coach Rich Bisaccia kept things together and Las Vegas looked impressive in a 10-point win over Denver to expand to 4-2. The Eagles are the exact opposite but the losses – to San Francisco, Dallas, Kansas City and Tampa Bay – were hardly the problem, that was the backdrop for the setbacks, especially the failure of the offense to develop. .
Until that happens, it’s hard to imagine Philadelphia competing with teams that can score and the Raiders are in that category with a passing game fueled by quarterback Derek Carr, tight end Darren Waller. and fast catcher Henry Ruggs, DeVonta Smith’s former roommate in Alabama. To date, the racing game with Las Vegas had been a disappointment despite Josh Jacobs being there, but that could change at any time. Sirianni’s offense, meanwhile, is still searching for an identity. Until the Eagles find one, it’s hard to tip the scales in their direction.
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