Las Vegas Raiders will host Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday afternoon in Week 7 of the NFL 2021 season. The hosts want to remain in the post-season spot battle, and they’ll search for a home win. The away side cannot be happy with its performances so far in the campaign, and they look forward to an improvement.
Las Vegas managed to get back on the winning track last weekend, as they celebrated an important victory against the Broncos on the road. They improved to a 4-2 record and stayed on the top of the AFC West. On the other hand, Philadelphia lost at home against the defending champions, the Buccaneers, and they are at a 2-4 record. They need to start playing much better to get back in the playoffs spot race.
Las Vegas Raiders – Can they start another winning streak?
The Raiders managed to bounce back after losing to the Chargers and the Bears and keep the top spot in the AFC West. They come from an important victory in Denver, and the hosts want to kick off another winning streak. Las Vegas opened the campaign with three straight wins, and they need another one to keep fighting for a playoffs spot in a very competitive division.
Las Vegas QB Derek Carr has passed for 1,946 yards this season with a 64.2 passing percentage and with ten scores and four interceptions. The Raiders’ passing offense is third in the league, with 305.3 yards in the air per match. Henry Ruggs III is the leading receiver with 445 yards and a pair of scores, while Hunter Renfrow, Darren Waller, and Bryan Edwards have over 300 receiving yards each. Over to the defense, where Denzel Perryman has 72 total tackles, while Maxx Crosby logged five sacks this season.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Josh Jacobs, Henry Ruggs III, Bryan Edwards, Hunter Renfrow, Darren Waller, Alec Ingold, Kolton Miller, John Simpson, Andre James, Alex Leatherwood, Brandon Parker
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Maxx Crosby, Quinton Jefferson, Darius Philon, 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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Philadelphia Eagles – Will they change their fortune?
The Eagles opened the campaign with a victory, but they managed to win just once in the following five matches. The visitors are currently at a 2-4 record, and they should enter a run of victories to get back in the playoffs race. However, they had more time to prepare for this match, as they played against the Buccaneers on Thursday evening.
Jalen Hurts plays his second season, and he has thrown for 1,480 yards so far, with eight touchdowns and four interceptions. He completed 62.5% of his passes but Hurts also logged a team-high 300 rushing yards with five TDs. Miles Sanders collected only 270 yards on 57 carries without managing to find the end zone. On the other hand, the Eagles have allowed 25.3 points per game, which is the third-worst record in the NFL. Philadelphia has been allowing 347.2 yards per match on average, and they might struggle through the air against the Raiders.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Miles Sanders, DeVonta Smith, Jalen Reagor, Quez Watkins, Jack Stoll, Jordan Mailata, Landon Dickerson, Jason Kelce, Nate Herbig, Jordan Mailata
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Josh Sweat, Javon Hargrave, Fletcher Cox, Derek Barnett, Alex Singleton, Eric Wilson, Genard Avery, Darius Slay, Rodney McLeod, Anthony Harris, Steven Nelson
Quarter Back: Jalen Hurts
Kicker: Jake Elliott
Expert Pick #1 – Las Vegas Raiders -3 @-115
It is going to be a close matchup, but I’ll give a small advantage to the hosts. Although the Eagles booked their both wins on the road, Las Vegas wants to remain on the top of the AFC West. The hosts might cover the number for the first time as favorites this season, and I’ll take them as my first pick.
Expert Pick #2 – Over 49 @-110
Philadelphia has troubles in the defense, and the Raiders could take advantage of that. On the other hand, the home side hasn’t been that tight in the back as well, and they have allowed almost 25 points per game on the home field. Therefore, I’ll back the Over as my second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – Raiders to win by 7-12 @+325
I’m going with longer odds for my third pick, backing the raiders to win by a moderate margin. Las Vegas celebrated their two home wins after overtime, and this time, they should secure it more comfortably.