JR Report Podcast: NFL Week 4 picks, Raiders Broncos preview

Raiders QB Derek Carr vs. Broncos (Photo via Getty Images)

Ryan Lipton, the host of the JR Report podcast, breaks down the recent Oakland Raiders loss to the Washington Redskins and looks forward to the Week 4 AFC West matchup in Mile High against the Denver Broncos.

Ryan also discusses his five picks against the spread for Week 4 of the NFL season. Ryan hit on 63% (34/54) of his picks against the spread in 2016 and is back again with another solid start hitting on 58.8% (10/17) so far in the 2017 NFL regular season.

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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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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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NFL: Rob Werner’s Week 2 picks against spread

49ers QB Brian Hoyer (Photo via Kelley L Cox-USA Today Sports)

Here are The JR Report contributor Rob Werner’s top 5 picks against the spread for Week 2 of the NFL regular season.

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Week 2 picks against the spread!

Oakland Raiders (-13) vs. New York Jets

Green Bay Packers (+3) at Atlanta Falcons

San Francisco 49ers (+14) at Seattle Seahawks

Washington Redskins (+2.5) at Los Angeles Rams

Minnesota Vikings (+5.5) at Pittsburgh Steelers

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

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For Ryan Lipton’s Week 2 picks (63% in 2016), click here. 

Rob Werner is a contributing writer for The JR Report. For more news follow him on twitter @robwerner28.

NFL: Top 5 Week 2 picks against spread

Raiders QB Derek Carr vs. NY Jets (Photo via Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

After going 3-2 in during Week 1 of the NFL regular season, The JR Report and Ryan Lipton are back with their top 5 picks against the spread for Week 2.

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

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Week 2 picks against the spread!

Oakland Raiders (-13) vs. New York Jets

Arizona Cardinals (-7) at Indianapolis Colts

Tennessee Titans (-2) at Jacksonville Jaguars 

Miami Dolphins (+5) at Los Angeles Chargers 

Washington Redskins (+2.5) at Los Angeles Rams 

Monday Night Football Bonus Pick:

Detroit Lions (+3.5) at New York Giants 

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


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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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

For second half of season click here


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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Zach Brown 1-year deal worth just $4.65M with Redskins

photo via Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

The article can also be found here on the Raiders Wire!


Two days after the Oakland Raiders were considered in the driver’s seat to sign linebacker Zach Brown, Brown signed a paltry one-year deal with the Washington Redskins worth $4.65 million, per the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

It was initially reported that Brown was looking for at least $6 million per year, but despite his second-best tackle total in the NFL in 2016, the market wasn’t there for the inside linebacker.

For Washington owner Dan Snyder (who has very deep pockets), to only have to pony up $4.65 million to secure Brown is surprising as well as telling of how Oakland gauged his value.

The Raiders featured inside linebackers Malcolm Smith and Perry Riley Jr. in 2016. However, the team let Smith walk uncontested due to his inflated stats and appear not sold on bringing Riley back for unknown reasons at this point.

Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie will now likely turn his attention the draft at the end of April in order to fill this significant void in Oakland’s No. 26 ranked defense.


The article can also be found here on the Raiders Wire!