Monday Night Football Betting – Eagles Could Catch Raiders Shell-Shocked
Well, you could not have lost in a more crushing fashion than the Oakland Raiders did last week against the Dallas Cowboys. And this is really one of those instances where a team has to pick itself up off the floor in a major letdown situation. Still, the Raiders are required by the NFL schedule makers to travel eastward for a game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Mondaynight, which also happens to be Christmas, starting at 8:30 PM ET at Lincoln Financial Field. This will be televised by ESPN, and if you are a BetAnySports customer, you can place wagers even after the game has started, utilizing the state-of-the-art software from Live Betting Ultra.
The Raiders play pretty well last Sunday night, and had the opportunity to win the game in the closing moments, but as Derek Carr ran for the end zone, he tried to reach out and put the ball over the plane of the goal line, only to fumble in the field play, as it was ruled by the officials. That meant a touchback as Oakland, which could have kicked a field goal to send the game into overtime, sustained a 20-17 defeat that pretty much took them out of the playoff race. Let’s put it this way – miracles have to happen for them to get in. And now they have to regroup. That’s got to be a tough thing to do against the team that has the best record in the NFL right now.
The Eagles suffered the big blow in the process of being the Los Angeles Rams a couple of weeks ago, as Carson Wentz, who emerged as a legitimate Most Valuable Player candidate in his second season, system suffered a knee injury that takes him out of action for the rest of the season, however long it lasts. So Nick Foles, in his second tour of duty with the team, has had to take over.
Right now Philadelphia is 12-2 straight-up and 10-4 against the football pointspread. They are one game ahead of the Minnesota Vikings in the battle for home field advantage in the NFC playoffs. Oakland, which made the AFC post-season as a wild-card team last year, is now 6-8 straight-up and a disappointing 4-8-2 ATS.
In the Monday night football betting odds posted on this game by the folks at BetAnySports, Philadelphia, of course, is laying points at home:
Philadelphia Eagles -9
Oakland Raiders +9
Over 47.5 points -110
Under 47.5 points -110
The first time around with the Eagles, Foles not only tied an NFL record for most touchdown passes in a game, but also set what at that time was a new NFL mark for best ratio of touchdown passes (27) to interceptions (just two) and went to the Pro Bowl as a result. So it’s not as if he is in capable of getting the job done, and in that record-setting season, he didn’t start out as the #1 quarterback either.
So in their first game without Wentz, the Eagles came away with a 34-29 victory against the New York Giants in what was a come-from-behind affair. Foles was more than solid, completing 24 out of 38 passes for 237 yards and four touchdowns. He did not turn the ball over. The Eagles got nothing necessarily sensational out of the running game, but Foles’ four TD passes went to four different receivers. One concern was that the Giants rolled up 504 yards against them, including 434 from Eli Manning, the most passing yards the Eagles have surrendered all season long.
The Raiders will be missing left tackle Donald Penn, who has had surgery on his foot and will miss the final two games after playing in 170 consecutive contests. He was obviously a key factor in protecting Carr, who has been sacked only 17 times this season. On what basis will the Raiders rise to the occasion? You’ve got to wonder about that, especially as they would have to consider the division game against the Los Angeles Chargers next week to be a little more enticing. But they’ll keep going with Marshawn Lynch, who may be hasn’t given them quite as much as was hoped (619 yards, 4.2 per carry) and Jared Cook, a tight end who was a very wise off-season pickup (48 catches, 621 yards). With a minus-9 turnover margin, they are obviously the more combustible side, and between these two, it’s almost no contest as to which side is more likely not to show up.
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