NFL: Ryan Lipton’s Week 14 picks against spread (63% in 2016)

Oakland Raiders WR Michael Crabtree (Photo via USA Today Sports Images)

After hitting on 63 percent (34/54) of his picks during the 2016 NFL regular season, The JR Report and Ryan Lipton are back with their top 5 picks against the spread for Week 14.

Since I am feeling confident this week, I have thrown one extra game in there to make it six for Sunday.

Ryan Lipton’s NFL Week 14 picks against the spread!

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3 reasons why Raider Nation should not panic

Raider Nation, Sunday night was very tough to watch. It was the first time Oakland Raiders’ fans got to see their team on Sunday Night Football on the road since October 15, 2006, when they lost to the Denver Broncos 13-3.

This time around against the Washington Redskins, the team came out flat looking like the Raiders of the last decade, the pre-Derek Carr Raiders.

However, fans should stay away from the panic button. A loss next Sunday might be worrisome, but here are three reasons why everyone in Oakland should stay calm for the time being.

Trump, then the Republican nominee, tours the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, Sept. 14, 2016. (Photo via Reuters)

Trump made the Raiders bad again

This week might have been one of the most emotional weeks in recent NFL memory.

It was the first time the country could see how good the Silver and Black have become. Obviously, Oakland had been looking forward to this game in the nation’s capital for quite some time.

Moreover, it was a hectic week as soon as president Trump released his latest comments surrounding the NFL protests and players. It created a lot of controversies and encouraged the teams to protest the President’s words.

The Raiders should have and had every right to protest, however, it definitely took time away from focusing on the game and could have been mentally draining.

As such, the team played without a spark for the entire night.

Oakland usually plays with a certain edge, especially with running back Marshawn Lynch on the roster, making this game an anomaly as there will not be this much off the field emotion surrounding a game for a long time.

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Raiders safety Karl Joseph (Photo via Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

The defense played admirably

Yes, the defense gave up 27 points on Sunday night, but it could have been much worse.

If one said the Raiders were going to be outgained by 344 yards, have three turnovers and wide receivers Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper would have just two receptions combined, one would think the team would have lost by over 30 points.

Instead, the defense held Washington to just 3.4 yards per carry in a game in which the unit was on the field for over 38 minutes and was constantly in a poor position.  So giving up 27 points is not bad.

The performance wasn’t great, but it showed that the defense is continuing to improve and is miles better than the defense from 2016, who would have given up at least 40 points if they were in a similar situation as Sunday night.

Cornerback Sean Smith still looked horrible covering tight end Vernon Davis. Once safety Obi Melifonwu returns from injury, Smith’s snaps will be very much limited as Melifonwu will be able to guard the tight ends and therefore improve the pass defense.

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Raiders QB Derek Carr vs. Washington on Sunday Night (Photo via AP Photo/Mark Tenally)

It was just an off night for Derek Carr

The game did confirm one thing that we should have already known, Oakland can’t win if quarterback Derek Carr has an off night.

Fortunately, Carr’s off nights come few and far between.

Also, bad nights happen to everyone. Even the unbeatable New England Patriots and QB Tom Brady stunk it up in front of a national stage on opening night against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Carr still needs to improve on the national stage as the terrible performance against the Chiefs on Thursday Night Football from 2016 might be fresh in everyone’s mind. But until Carr and Co. put up another stinker, there is no reason to worry.

Remember, one time is an outlier. If it continues and becomes a trend, like a loss on Sunday to the Broncos, then it is time to get out the panic button. Maybe not press it, but at least have it around.


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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Countdown to camp: Tom Flores best Raider to wear No. 15

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Monday is day No. 12 of Raiders Wire’s countdown to the Oakland Raiders’ training camp which begins on July 28.

Until that day, we will count down the best Raider to wear each jersey number from No. 26 to No. 1, with Monday raising the question on who the best No. 15 has been in Raiders history.

Currently, Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree sports the number proving to be an integral part of the offense since joining the Silver and Black in 2015.

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Raiders 53-man roster projection 1.0: Offense

Written by Ryan Lipton

Photo via Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

The article can also be found on the Raiders Wire!


The 2017 offseason program is underway for the Oakland Raiders, with 90 players currently on a roster that will ultimately be trimmed to 53 players by Week 1.

Below, fans can find Raiders Wire’s first 53-man projection on offense in a series that will be updated throughout OTAs.

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Quarterback (3):

Derek Carr, Connor Cook, EJ Manuel

Notable cuts: None

This is probably the easiest position group to project for next season. Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is going to be an MVP candidate again in 2017, making the starting quarterback job a no-brainer.

The Raiders carried three quarterbacks in 2016, and there is no reason to believe that will be any different this year.

Oakland also used a fourth-round draft pick on backup quarterback Connor Cook, making it unlikely they would cut bait so soon. And former Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel is almost certainly going to challenge — and potentially win — the No. 2 spot on the depth chart behind Carr.

(running backs here)

WATCH: Raiders players show off their basketball skills in friendly wager

Photo via Scott Tucker SF Bay

The article can also be found on the Raiders Wire!


The Oakland Raiders seem to be enjoying their offseason before the real grind begins at mandatory minicamp and training camp.

ESPN’s Sam Alipour caught up with a group of Raiders to play a friendly game of basketball and to ask a few questions about playing in front of East Bay fans and about the Golden State Warriors.

The game of hoops had its own interesting twist as well. It wasn’t perfectly friendly, for there was a wager on the line.

If Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper’s team won, the opposing team had to read a full book from Cooper’s book club in just one week and comment on the book club’s blog.

If Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree’s team won, the opposing team had to dress head to toe in Crabtree’s clothing line every day for a week.

It is good to see Oakland’s players hanging out and having a good time. Chemistry is invaluable for Super Bowl contenders and can often bring a team over the hump.

Hopefully, it can bring the Raiders from an early playoff exit to a deep playoff run in 2017.


The article can also be found on the Raiders Wire!