Game Predictions & Player Projections - OAK VS NE

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Game Predictions & Player Projections - OAK VS NE

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Prediction: OAK 10, NE 34 (Line: NE by 14.5)

UPDATE: Shane Vereen is listed as questionable on the injury report and was limited in practice by what is called a shoulder injury. These are the Patriots so what they means is never certain, but all other reports have him playing this week.

The 0-2 Raiders picked a bad time to show up in New England. The 1-1 Patriots have their home opener and will be looking to roll up a score for the home crowd. If the Raiders can give up 30 points to the Texans, it should be a good night in Boston.

Oakland Raiders

1 @NYJ 14-19 10 DEN —–
2 HOU 14-30 11 @SD —–
3 @NE —– 12 KC —–
4 MIA —– 13 @STL —–
5 BYE —– 14 SF —–
6 SD —– 15 @KC —–
7 ARI —– 16 BUF —–
8 @CLE —– 17 @DEN —–
9 @SEA —–  
News | Statistics | Roster
OAK @ NE Rush Catch Pass
QB Derek Carr 200,1
WR Michael Crabtree 5-60
TE Mychal Rivera 3-30
PK Sebastian Janikowski 1 FG 1 XP

The Raiders continue to suffer through yet another season with yet more proof that adding veterans well past their prime does not create improvement. Derek Carr is slowly going through the learning curve while the rushing effort is as bad as any in the NFL. The Raiders will always pull out a handful of surprise wins but that is the problem. Every year wins are surprises.

QUARTERBACK : Derek Carr was better when he passed for 263 yards versus the Texans but had just one score against two interceptions. The Raiders are simply not going to win until he can pick up the pace and that may not happen at all considering the quality of receiver at his disposal.

RUNNING BACK : Maurice Jones-Drew underwent hand surgery and remains out this week. To replace him last Sunday, the Raiders went with nothing but Darren McFadden who ran for 37 yards on 12 carries and added 31 yards on two catches. That was the entirety of the backfield production aside from one carry by Latavius Murray. After two games, the Raiders as a team have rushed for 69 yards on 27 carries for a hefty 2.6 yard per carry average.

WIDE RECEIVER : The Raiders have signed Vincent Brown to a one-year contract because he’s not any worse than what is already on the roster and Rod Streater has a hip flexor issue and will likely miss time. James Jones is the only receiver with any fantasy value here and he has scored twice this year – and that was two of the only three touchdowns. Jones went off for nine catches for 112 yards last week and is getting nearly no help from any other wideout.

TIGHT END : No fantasy value unless you can live with exactly 31 yards every week from Mychal Rivera.

MATCH TO THE DEFENSE: The only question here is how much trash time will there be and is it enough for the Raiders to score more than once? The one position that has hurt the Pats the worse is running back and McFadden on the road will probably be worse than the 37 yards he gained at home. The only fantasy play here is James Jones as a low-end WR in a big league.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points OAK 17 31 6 21 31 24
Preventing Fantasy Points NE 9 26 1 12 16 11

New England Patriots

1 @MIA 20-33 10 BYE —–
2 @MIN 30-7 11 @IND —–
3 OAK —– 12 DET —–
4 @KC —– 13 @GB —–
5 CIN —– 14 @SD —–
6 @BUF —– 15 MIA —–
7 NYJ —– 16 @NYJ —–
8 CHI —– 17 BUF —–
9 DEN —–  
News | Statistics | Roster
NE vs OAK Rush Catch Pass
QB Tom Brady 210,2
RB Donald Brown 40,1 3-10
WR Danny Amendola 2-20
WR Julian Edelman 6-80,1
TE Martellus Bennett 6-30
TE Rob Gronkowski 4-40,1
TE Clay Harbor 3-30,1
PK Stephen Gostkowski 2 FG 4 XP

The Patriots made up for losing the opener by beating up the Peterson-less Vikings and now return for their home opener. Couldn’t ask for a better opponent at this point. The trend continues from last year with lower passing stats and more rushing only once again the rotation in the backfield is impossible to predict. This should prove to be the softest matchup of the year so the points will be as good as it will get.

QUARTERBACK : He’s slowing down. Tom Brady only tossed two touchdowns this year and currently averages just 200 yards per game for the very definition of the word “average”. The rushing game is enough to keep the offense moving and Brady is content to just win games. He once said he would stop playing “when I suck”. Well. Don’t ask any fantasy owners, Tom.

RUNNING BACK : Gotcha. Shane Vereen started the year with a touchdown and 71 total yards on 12 touches but then was only given six runs last Sunday to gain 40 yards while Stevan Ridley became the horse with 25 carries for 101 yards and one score. It is a sore reminder that you cannot rely on what Bill Belichick will do.

WIDE RECEIVER : The marginal passing stats have left Julian Edelman as the only wideout of any fantasy note. He has 12 receptions for 176 yards and a score. All other wideouts combined equal four catches for 29 yards. Danny Amendola never even had a catch last week. When Brady passes, it goes to Edelman or Rob Gronkowski.

TIGHT END : Even Rob Gronkowski has been lackluster with only four catches per game and never more than 40 yards, He did score in Miami. Even Gronk has yet to completely reintegrate back into the offense from his injury. Timothy Wright failed to catch his only pass last week.

MATCH TO THE DEFENSE: The Raiders on the road are always bad and should make Tom Brady fantasy relevant again if only for one week. They have allowed an incredible 348 rushing yards to the top two backs of both opponents with a 5.6 yard per carry average. Of course we have to guess which back will benefit. Even with the softer Raiders defense showing up, the only fantasy plays with the Pats are Rob Gronkowski (from potential), Julian Edelman and then this week both backs should have at least some fantasy value against a defense that already allowed two 100 yard rushers so far.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points NE 31 16 24 15 4 2
Preventing Fantasy Points OAK 10 28 7 5 22 13

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