Las Vegas Raiders will host Chicago Bears on Sunday afternoon in the NFL 2021 season Week 5. The home side enjoys a very good start to the campaign, and they want to secure the playoff spot which they missed in the previous seasons. The visitors search for their first victory on the road and will look forward to breaking a losing streak when playing away from home.
Las Vegas opened the campaign with three victories, but they lost to the Chargers on the road last weekend. The hosts want to get back on the winning track and progress to a 4-1 record. On the other hand, Chicago lost their both away games, as the Rams and the Browns were better. However, they go to this match after beating the Lions at home, and they want to enter a winning streak.
Las Vegas Raiders – Can they secure the playoffs this season?
The Raiders have been pretty good so far in the season, as they go to this match with a 3-1 record. They opened the campaign by beating the Ravens, while they were also better than the Steelers on the road. Interestingly, Las Vegas booked both their home victories after overtime before falling to a 28-14 defeat away to the Chargers last time. The hosts are currently joint-first in the AFC West along with the Broncos and Los Angeles Chargers.
The Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has passed for 1,399 yards this season, with eight touchdowns and three interceptions. Peyton Barber is Las Vegas’ leading rusher with 143 yards, while Darren Waller, Henry Ruggs III, Bryan Edwards, and Hunter Renfroe have more than 200 receiving yards during this campaign. On the other hand, Denzel Perryman is the Raiders’ leading tackler with a total of 36, while Solomon Thomas sacked opponent QBs 2.5 times.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Kenyan Drake, Henry Ruggs III, Bryan Edwards, Hunter Renfrow, Darren Waller, Alec Ingold, Brandon Parker, Jordan Simmons, Andre James, Jermaine Eluemunor, Alex Leatherwood
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Maxx Crosby, Quinton Jefferson, Johnathan Hankins, Yannick Ngakoue, Cory Littleton, Denzel Perryman, K.J. Wright, Nate Hobbs, Johnathan Abram, Tre’von Moehrig, Casey Hayward Jr.
Quarter Back: Derek Carr
Kicker: Daniel Carlson
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Chicago Bears – Will they celebrate for the first time on the road?
Chicago is at a 2-2 record so far, and the away side sits in second place in the NFC North behind Green Bay Packers. The Bears haven’t been convincing on the road this season, as they lost to the Rams and the Browns. On the other hand, Chicago celebrated home victories against the Bengals and the Lions. However, they haven’t scored too many points, only 16 per match on average. Nevertheless, they want to tie two wins in a row, but a challenging task is ahead of them.
Justin Fields threw for 347 yards with a pair of interceptions, but his passing percentage is just 46.1%. David Montgomery is Chicago’s leading rusher with 309 yards and two touchdowns, while Darnell Mooney leads the Bears receiving corps with 226 yards. Besides him, Allen Robinson II has 149 receiving yards for Chicago. Roquan Smith leads the defensive unit with a pair of sacks and 40 tackles, while Robert Quinn logged 4.5 sacks.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Damien Williams, Allen Robinson II, Jakeem Grant Sr., Marquise Goodwin, Cole Kmet, Jason Peters, Cody Whitehair, Sam Mustipher, James Daniels, Germain Ifedi
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Angelo Blackson, Eddie Goldman, Bilal Nichols, Trevis Gipson, Roquan Smith, Alec Ogletree, Robert Quinn, Jaylon Johnson, Tashaun Gipson Sr., Eddie Jackson, Kindle Vildor
Quarter Back: Justin Fields
Kicker: Cairo Santos
Expert Pick #1 – Las Vegas Raiders -5.5 @-110
The Raiders are in a much better momentum, and they are on a good track to securing the playoff spot this season. I believe Las Vegas will book another home victory and cover the spread against the Bears, and that is going to be my first pick for this match.
Expert Pick #2 – Under 44.5 @-110
I’ll rely on the Raiders’ defense here to deliver the Under. Chicago has been pretty unconvincing in the offense, with only 16 points per match on average. As there are still too many unanswered questions on the Bears side, I’ll take the Under as my second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – Raiders & Over 34.5 @-118
If you want to combine markets and generate decent odds, then the Raiders to win, followed by more than 34.5 total points, seem to be a sound choice. I trust the Raiders to see off their opponents and deliver this pick.