Raiders vs. Jaguars Prediction: Davante Adams Has to Get Involved

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4
Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4 / Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars are sitting at 2-6 after such a promising start to the season. Things have not gone well since. this team is clearly better coached and more talented than a season ago, but Trevor Lawrence is still making rookie mistakes. His two interceptions sealed a 21-17 loss to the Broncos in London last week. 

The Las Vegas Raiders got off to a disastrous start to the year and it’s been terrible all around. Last week, a 24-0 loss to the Saints explained their 2-5 record in Josh McDaniels first year in Vegas. 

Let’s see what the sportsbooks in Vegas think about the 2-5 Vegas Raiders traveling to Jacksonville this week. 

Raiders vs. Jaguars Odds, Spread and Total

Raiders vs. Jaguars Odds, Spread and Total Movement in NFL Week 9

This game opened with the Raiders as 3-point favorites, but they are now down to 1.5 point favorites. The total has also gone up from 47 to 48. 

Raiders vs. Jaguars Prediction and Pick

I don’t trust either of these teams. Derek Carr is a good quarterback with a bad head coach. McDaniels had a 6-0 start in his first stint as a head coach in Denver. He is 7-22 since. Trevor Lawrence is a talented quarterback who makes sloppy mistakes on a team with a good head coach in Doug Pederson who is doing his best to help him. 

Both of these teams have to rely on the running game. Josh Jacobs has been one of the best runners in the NFL this year. The Jaguars have gone all in on Travis Etienne by trading away James Robinson. Last week, Etienne went for 156 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries. 

Both defenses actually fare pretty well against the run. Jacksonville allows 4.0 yards per carry, while Vegas 4.1 yards per carry. Those are both top 5 in the NFL. So, if you ask me which quarterback I trust more, I’ll go with Derek Carr. It's ugly and gross because McDaniels has done an awful job getting Davante Adams involved, but I think this week Adams has a big game and Jacksonville falls to 2-7. 

Pick: Raiders -1.5 (-106)

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