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 the Oakland Raiders-Jacksonville Jaguars Week 7 game, with the line from OddsShark.
Oakland Raiders (4-2) at (-1) Jacksonville Jaguars (2-3), Sunday, 1 p.m.
Mike: Raiders. Oakland didn’t play well last weekend, but it was a bad matchup against a Chiefs team that rarely turns the ball over. The Raiders are among the NFL’s best teams in turning turnovers into points, and they should get a few more opportunities against the frequently sloppy Jags.
Ricky: Raiders. Oakland has struggled against the run this season, but it might not be much of an issue this week, as Jacksonville’s rushing attack has been just as bad. That means this game will be won through the air, and I’m trusting Derek Carr to make more plays than Blake Bortles in a quarterback battle of 2014 draft picks. Also, the Raiders are 3-0 on the road, for whatever it’s worth.
Andre: Raiders. I had the Jaguars initially because they allow 4.8 yards per play, but after hearing Mike’s reasoning during “The Spread,” I changed my mind. The Raiders force turnovers, and they’re going up against a turnover-prone quarterback.
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