NFL: Top 5 Week 1 picks against spread

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The 2017 NFL regular season kicks off in less than 24 hours!

As such, here are The JR Report and Ryan Lipton’s top 5 picks against the spread for Week 1 of the NFL season.

Remember, The JR Report hit on 63% (34/54) of its picks during last year’s regular season.

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Week 1 picks against the spread!

Oakland Raiders (+2.5) at Tennessee Titans

Washington Redskins (+1) vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Los Angeles Rams (-3.5) vs. Indianapolis Colts

New Orleans Saints (+3.5) at Minnesota Vikings

Los Angeles Chargers (+3.5) at Denver Broncos

*** The lines are taken from ESPN’s scoreboard***

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Ryan Lipton is the founder of The JR Report. For more news and The JR Report updates follow him on twitter @rytime98.

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

With the Oakland Raiders’ 2017 preseason wrapping up, it is time to start looking forward to the 2017 NFL regular season.

As such, here are The JR Report’s win-loss projections for the 2017 Raiders.

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Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) scrambles away from Tennessee Titans nose tackle Al Woods (96) in the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

Week 1: at Tennessee Titans

Starting the regular season off on the road against an up and coming team in the Tennessee Titans would be tough for any team to overcome.

Running backs DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry and even quarterback Marcus Mariota could cause many issues on the Oakland defense. With so many weapons on the Tennessee offense, the Raiders’ poor defensive communication could be exposed.

With that being said, the Oakland defense will get gashed often, but the Raiders have an MVP caliber quarterback on the other side who will lead Oakland to a nail-biter victory in Week 1 carrying over the common theme from 2016.

Until the defense learns to communicate and gets defensive backs Gareon Conley and Obi Melifonwu up to speed, they will look a lot like the 2016 Raiders, just with fewer victories.

Raiders 34 Titans 30

Week 2: vs. New York Jets

This game will be the first home opener in Oakland since the organization announced their move to Las Vegas.

A blow out victory against the New York Jets should do well in pleasing the fans and keeping the Oakland Coliseum hospitable with the relocation on everyone’s mind.

Raiders 27 Jets 10

Week 3: at Washington Redskins (SNF)

The Raiders are a better team than the Washington Redskins and, despite what the salaries might say in the future, Carr has a major advantage over quarterback Kirk Cousins.

Nonetheless, it is still early in the season and the Oakland defense will be vulnerable. Cousins will have a monster game and Carr’s late magic will not be enough to carry his team on the road against a possible playoff team on Sunday Night Football.

Redskins 27 Raiders 24

Week 4: at Denver Broncos

The Denver Broncos just do not have the star-power at quarterback to compete with a talent like Carr.

The Raiders, like last year’s home win, will use running back Marshawn Lynch to run over the defense and open the play action passing game for Carr to complete a few game-changing strikes.

The Broncos might not admit it, but they are about to enter a rebuilding phase as they need to find their quarterback of the future. Also, placing safety TJ Ward on the trading block does suggest a possible rebuilding period.

Raiders 23 Broncos 17

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BALTIMORE, MD – OCTOBER 2: Michael Crabtree #15 of the Oakland Raiders celebrates after scoring a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on October 2, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)

Week 5: vs. Baltimore Ravens

Oakland has defeated the Baltimore Ravens two seasons in a row. Moreover, quarterback Joe Flacco might not even be ready or healthy for this game in Oakland.

As a result, the outcome will be no different from the last two meetings.

Raiders 20 Ravens 13

Week 6: vs. Los Angeles Chargers

Upset alert!

Quarterback Philip Rivers is going to have a field day against the porous Raiders secondary. The Los Angeles Chargers are a much-improved team, maybe the most in the NFL, and will sneak up on Oakland a few days before they have to play the Kansas City Chiefs on national television.

Chargers 31 Raiders 27

Week 7: vs. Kansas City Chiefs (TNF)

A game under the lights at home will help Carr turn around his poor history against the Chiefs (lost five straight games to KC) since there is no team Carr and company will want to beat more than Kansas City.

The game also becomes a must-win after the previous week’s loss to the Chargers.

Lynch has a beast quake type game as the Coliseum erupts on Thursday Night Football during the team’s first victory over the Chiefs since Carr’s first NFL win.

Raiders 27 Chiefs 20

Week 8: at Buffalo Bills

As long as Tyrod Taylor is the quarterback of the Buffalo Bills, they won’t stand any chance against Carr and the Raiders.

Oakland would need a major off-day to lose to Buffalo, especially as the Bills subtly begin their rebuild, which they should until Tom Brady exits the division.

Raiders 24 Bills 13

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Ryan Lipton is the founder of The JR Report. For more news and The JR Report updates follow him on twitter @rytime98.

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Chargers 1st unofficial depth chart sees Cardale Jones as No. 3 QB

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With just three days until the Los Angeles Chargers kick off their 2017 NFL preseason against the Seattle Seahawks, the team has released its first unofficial depth chart for this upcoming season.

The depth chart is not filled with any major surprises except for the fact that rookie guard Dan Feeney is not currently with the first team. However, it shouldn’t surprise anyone to see him grab the starting position before Week 1 of the regular season.

Moreover, quarterback Kellen Clemens got the nod over quarterback Cardale Jones, who the Chargers just traded for and was a fourth round pick in 2016.


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Watch: Chargers RB Melvin Gordon shows off his ‘bunnies’ at camp

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Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon was captured showing off his “bunnies” during a drill at Tuesday’s practice, via the Chargers’ official Twitter account.

Gordon led the way in the exercise and set a good example for the fellow Los Angeles running backs Kenjon Barner, Kenneth Farrow and Branden Oliver.

The drill above is geared at improving a running back’s ability to jump over offensive linemen and into the end zone during short-yardage situations.


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Best Chargers Twitter follows for 2017 season

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On Sunday, the Los Angeles Chargers will begin their 2017 NFL campaign as they face off against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 1 of the NFL preseason. That means this is a great time for fans to make sure they are following all the best of the Bolts on social media.

Below, fans can find a list of some of the best of the past and present Chargers follows on Twitter.


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Countdown to camp: Best Chargers to wear No. 16 – No. 12

 

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Countdown to camp: Philip Rivers best Charger to wear No. 17

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Thursday is day No. 14 of Chargers Wire’s countdown to Los Angeles Chargers training camp which begins on July 29. Each day we will count down the best Charger to wear each jersey number from No. 30 to No. 1.

As such, we take a look at the history of the No. 17 for the Bolts.

Even the most casual of fans likely already guessed that Los Angeles quarterback Philip Rivers is the greatest to wear the aforementioned number, however, few on this list have been as deserving of the honor as Rivers is.

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Countdown to camp: Charlie Joiner best Charger to wear No. 18

Wednesday is day No. 13 of Chargers Wire’s countdown to Los Angeles Chargers training camp which begins on July 29. Each day we will count down the best Charger to wear each jersey number from No. 30 to No. 1.

As such, we take a look at the history of the No. 18 for the Bolts.

There is not a No. 18 currently on the Chargers’ roster, but it doesn’t matter. Former Chargers wide receiver Charlie Joiner is the best to wear the number in the Bolts’ history.

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USA TODAY ranks LA Chargers defensive line No. 1 in NFL

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The Los Angeles Chargers’ defensive line corps has been ranked as the top group in all of the NFL, via USA TODAY Sports’ Nate Davis.

Below Davis makes his case for placing the Bolts above the Houston Texans at No. 1.

“Defensive rookie of the year Joey Bosa finished with 10 ½ sacks in just 12 games. He and newly minted Melvin Ingram, who’s converting from linebacker, could give J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney serious competition as the league’s top end tandem.”

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Countdown to camp: Lance Alworth best Charger to wear No. 19

Tuesday is day No. 12 of Chargers Wire’s countdown to Los Angeles Chargers training camp which begins on July 29. Each day we will count down the best Charger to wear each jersey number from No. 30 to No. 1.

As such, we take a look at the history of the No. 19 for the Bolts.

Former Chargers wide receiver Lance Alworth, amongst the easiest selections in this series, was the first Charger to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Interestingly enough, former Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis introduced Alworth in the Hall of Fame ceremony.

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