NFL predictions: Raiders improve despite decline in 2017 win/loss record

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 28: Derek Carr #4 of the Oakland Raiders passes during the NFL match between the Oakland Raiders and the Miami Dolphins at Wembley Stadium on September 28, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)

Week 9: at Miami Dolphins (SNF)

With Jay Cutler at quarterback, a few balls will be going David Amerson, Reggie Nelson and Karl Joseph’s way. Consequently, the defense should force a few turnovers leading to a huge performance from Carr on the national stage improving his MVP candidacy.

Raiders 31 Dolphins 23

Week 10: Bye week

Week 11: vs. New England Patriots (Mexico City)

The Raiders are getting closer and closer to New England Patriots, but they will need Conley and Melifonwu to be on top of their game to have any shot. Brady will pick the defense apart as the two rookies will not be ready for the Patriots’ attack in Week 11.

Bill Belichick will also take away the running game making Oakland very one-dimensional in front of the Mexico City crowd.

However, it might be a different story if the teams meet in the playoffs since this game should serve as an invaluable experience for the young Silver and Black bunch.

Patriots 34 Raiders 27

Week 12: vs. Denver Broncos

Denver still does not have the fire power on offense to match Derek Carr and his incredibly talented weapons especially in front of the Raider Nation.

Raiders 24 Broncos 17

Week 13: vs. New York Giants

The New York Giants’ defense is elite and may present a tough challenge for the Raiders’ offense. Nonetheless, Eli Manning will throw enough passes Oakland’s way to make up for the difference and give Carr the edge to pull out this victory late at home.

Raiders 28 Giants 27

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(AP Photo/Ed Zurga Amari) Cooper wound up not catching potential TD bomb after ball apparently hit a wire crossing the field in Kansas City Thursday.

Week 14: at Kansas City Chiefs

Carr is just not good against Kansas City, specifically at Arrowhead.

Even though Carr will get over the Chiefs’ roadblock this season, he will not get a Week 14 victory in Arrowhead. Carr needs a little more experience to beat a coach like Andy Reid on the road.

Chiefs 27 Raiders 20

Week 15: vs. Dallas Cowboys (SNF)

In what might be the matchup of the 2017 NFL regular season, the Dallas Cowboys will take on the Raiders in front of the raucous Black Hole. The teams are evenly matched as they both have young and ascending quarterbacks with an elite offensive line, star running backs and a suspect defense.

In this scenario, the home crowd will earn Oakland their No. 10 victory of the season.

Raiders 27 Cowboys 23

Week 16: at Philadelphia Eagles (MNF)

After a monstrous win on Sunday Night Football, the Raiders are tasked with heading on the road to a tough environment to face an Eagles team that might be fighting for their playoff lives.

As such, Oakland comes out a little flat falling behind early on the road. Carr tries to mount a magical comeback, but it is a little too late against a good Philadelphia defense.

Eagles 30 Raiders 24

Week 17: at Los Angeles Chargers

Despite the game being played in Los Angeles, the Raiders will be finishing their regular season in front of 25,000 members of the Raider Nation.

Oakland will also need to win to clinch their AFC West title and will pull out all the stops. Carr has a huge bounce back game throwing for at least four touchdowns while Lynch runs wild on the Chargers’ defense.

It also didn’t help that Los Angeles upset the Raiders at home earlier in the season.

Oakland regains massive momentum heading into the playoffs with a blowout victory.

Raiders 38 Chargers 20

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Dec 24, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) celebrates with offensive guard Jon Feliciano (68) and guard Gabe Jackson (66) after a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the San Diego Chargers during an NFL football game at O.co Coliseum. The Raiders defeated the Chargers 23-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Conclusion

Oakland’s record will not be as good (11 wins vs. 12), but they should have a healthy Derek Carr (and much improved if that is possible) and a better defense heading into the 2018 NFL playoffs making them a popular Super Bowl pick heading into the postseason.

Raiders W-L: 11-5


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