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Detroit at L.A. RAMS (-15)

By Chris Jordan, Featured Handicapper


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The Los Angeles Rams beat the New York Giants 38-11 last Sunday, and coach Sean McVay wasn't pleased.

He didn't like the way his team started slow, and that's bad news for this week's opponent, the Detroit Lions. I'll lay the points, and I got news for you, the first half might not be a bad investment, either.

It's really hard to defend quarterback Matthew Stafford once he gets going, and with this one being at home, and against his former horrific team, I expect to see him out the chute quickly. Stafford was 22 of 28 passing for 251 yards and four touchdowns with an interception against the Giants, and it won't surprise me to see him light up Detroit's secondary. He's already thrown 16 touchdown passes this season.

How bad are the Lions? They haven’t taken a single offensive snap while leading a game, the fifth team since 1991 that didn’t run an offensive play with the lead through the first six games.

The Lions have gone ahead late in games two times - against the Ravens and Vikings - but both teams answered with a winning field goal.

On the other side of the ball, safety Taylor Rapp ignited the defense with two interceptions, and the chore for that secondary will be easier against the Lions. Between Rapp and Jordan Fuller, it'll be hard for former Ram Jared Goff to invade the Rams' secondary.

Los Angeles wins this big.

4* RAMS



Philadelphia at LAS VEGAS (-3)

By Gus Augustine, Featured Handicapper


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While the questions have been floating on whether or not Jalen Hurts or Joe Flacco should be starting under center for the Philadelphia Eagles this week, there is certainly no question about Las Vegas Raiders interim coach Rich Bisaccia and offensive coordinator Greg Olson.

Jon Gruden who?

Now that the email saga is in the rearview mirror, at least as far as the team is concerned, the team is back to winning, as we saw in a dominant performance against the Denver Broncos. Next up is Philadelphia, which continues to stumble over itself offensively, and will have a hard time moving the ball against one of the best defensive lines in the league.

Defensive end Maxx Crosby is the No. 1 graded edge rusher in the league, per Pro Football Focus. Defensive back Casey Hayward has the most coverage snaps without allowing a TD this season (237), per PFF.

On offense, again per PFF, Carr's 18 completions and 603 yards and 17 big-time throws - all on 20+ yard tosses - ranks No. 1 in the league.

With Olson calling a diverse game plan, spreading the wealth evenly to receiving targets, and utilizing Kenyan Drake out of the backfield along with Josh Jacobs, it'll be hard for the Eagles to slow this team down once it finds its groove.

Jacobs and Drake will do a good job in setting up the play action, and it will certainly open things up for Carr to find the likes of Darren Waller, Henry Ruggs, Bryan Edwards, Hunter Renfrow... the list goes on.

The Raiders have put the distractions aside, and off last week's win will feed off the home crowd. Meanwhile, Philly will continue to struggle. The only question is who will Crosby sack more times: Hurts or Flacco?

Lay the points with Las Vegas, and buy the half point down.

5* RAIDERS