Editor’s note: NESN.com’s Mike Cole, Ricky Doyle and Andre Khatchaturian deliver their NFL picks every Thursday of the season, and here’s who they like in Sunday’s Atlanta Falcons-Oakland Raiders Week 2 game.
Atlanta Falcons (0-1) at (-4.5) Oakland Raiders (1-0), 4:25 p.m.
Mike: Raiders. The Raiders’ defense struggled last week, but Week 1 in New Orleans isn’t the best situation for a defense to shine. I think that unit will play much better at home, and Derek Carr will pick apart a miserable Falcons defense.
Ricky: Raiders. I loved Jack Del Rio going for two points and the win last week against the Saints. It might have set the tempo for Oakland’s entire season. Expect plenty of points here, with most of them coming from the Raiders’ high-upside offense against the Falcons’ suspect defense.
Andre: Raiders. The line already shifted by two points in same places, and I don’t really know why. The Falcons stink at pressuring the quarterback (no sacks in Week 1 and dead-last in sacks last year). Derek Carr should have plenty of time to make plays to his talented receiving corps. Despite a tough Week 1 showing against Drew Brees, the Raiders’ defense still is for real.
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