I like the Raiders in this spot.
The Oakland Raiders could not have had a more difficult start to this season. After playing the Rams, potentially the best team in the NFL on Monday Night, they had to go to Mile high and play in the altitude on a short week.
And they won the 1st half against the Rams and led all the way against the Broncos until a last second field goal completed the comeback. Let’s face it, the Raiders are not that good and won’t be a playoff team, but even at 0-2 heading from the west to east to play a 1pm EST game, there will be a desperation and a fight that comes with not wanting to go to 0-3.
Contralily the Dolphins had a somewhat pedestrian first 2 opponents. The Titans, who in the Marcus Mariota era have never been prolific, and a rookie qb playing his first home game in the NFL. And credit to them, they handled business and won two winnable games. But in doing so were not impressive averaging less than 300 yards of total offense thus far through 2 games, with Ryan Tannehill playing the part of effecient game manager.
The Raiders have averaged 384 yards of offense per game through 2 weeks against two above average defenses.
So the way I see this, if the Dolphins and Raiders switched their opening 2 opponents, the Raiders would be 2-0 and the Dolphins would be winless.
All that being said, investing in the Raiders long term does not look like a profitable play, however in this particular scenario I think they are slightly undervalued.
We’ve seen Derek Carr play at a level that got him into MVP consideration. Amari Cooper finally had a good game with 10 receptions and over 100 yards receiving after only posting 48 receptions and 680 yards last season in 14 games. There is a chance that these two players regain the connection they had in 2016 that led them to the playoffs.
And if so, that can allow the Raiders to compete against all the NFL mediocrity, and certainly there is still no reason to view these Miami Dolphins as anything but mediocre
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