Jesse Schule Free Pick
Oakland vs. Chicago,
10/04/2015 13:00 EDT
Point Spread: -2½/-130 Oakland
This is a Free #NFL play on the Oakland #Raiders.
The young Raiders have won two of their first three heading into Sunday's game in Chicago, and they will be a slight favorite in this one. The Bears were shutout in Seattle last week, and backup quarterback Jimmy Claussen threw for just 63 yards on 7-of-19 passing. After opening the season with three straight losses, it looks like the Bears are already thinking about a rebuild. They dealt veteran defenders Jon Bostic and Jared Allen this week, and that has people speculating about pending free agents Matt Forte and Alshon Jeffery.
I think it's only a matter of time before this Chicago team starts drawing comparisons to a heavy armored fighting vehicle carrying guns and moving on a continuous articulated metal track. In other words, their motivation to actually win games moving forward may be a little dubious.
Oakland on the other hand has an exciting offense led by Derek Carr, who has passed for 726 yards with five TDs and just one INT during a 2-1 start. He has a talented young receiving corps with rookie Amari Cooper opposite Michael Crabtree. Latavius Murray ran for 139 yards and a TD in last weeks win over Cleveland, and he's averaging just under five yards per carry on the season.
The defense is still a work in progress, allowing opponents to average an NFL worst 28.7 points on 414 yards per game. Their strength is a ferocious pass rush, and they sacked Josh McCown five times in Cleveland last week. That's bad news for Jimmy Claussen, as Bears quarterbacks haven't enjoyed much in the way of pass protection in recent seasons.