The Oakland Raiders (6-7) host the Jacksonville Jaguars (4-9) this weekend for their final home game before moving to Las Vegas. Kickoff is set for 4:05 PM EST on December 15th at RingCentral Coliseum and the game will be televised on CBS.
Oddsmakers opened this game up with the Raiders listed as 6.5-point home favorites. The spread hasn’t moved at all after early betting, as Oakland is currently available at -6.5. The total for this matchup is 47 points. Click here for a full look at the Week 15 NFL odds and for more links to our individual game previews.
Raiders vs Jaguars Game Odds & Betting Preview
The Jaguars lost their fifth consecutive game last weekend, getting crushed 45-10 at home by the Los Angeles Chargers to drop to just 4-9 on the season overall. Jacksonville gave up 17 unanswered points in the second quarter and never recovered, scoring just a single touchdown over the final 30 minutes of the game. QB Gardner Minshew went 24/37 for 162 passing yards and a touchdown through the air while RB Leonard Fournette only managed to rush for 50 yards on a team-high 15 carries. D.J. Chark led the way for the receiving corps before being forced to leave the game due to injury, hauling in nine catches for 75 yards prior to his exit. As a whole, the Jaguars gained just over 250 total yards of offense and found the end zone just once in the blowout loss.
Jacksonville was obviously horrible defensively against the Chargers, giving up around 550 total yards of offense and six touchdowns. The Jaguars had no answer for Los Angeles RB Austin Ekeler, allowing him to explode for well over 200 all-purpose yards and one touchdown.
The Raiders have now lost three straight games after falling 42-21 at home against Tennessee last weekend to drop back below the .500 mark. Oakland hung tough for the first half but completely collapsed over the final two quarters of the game, getting outscored 21-0 en route to a double-digit defeat. QB Derek Carr went 25/34 for 262 passing yards and two touchdowns through the air while backup RB DeAndre Washington found the end zone on the ground in a spot start for the injured Josh Jacobs. TE Darren Waller also chipped in, making six receptions for 72 yards. Overall, the Raiders generated over 350 total yards of offense and scored three touchdowns despite coming up well short on the scoreboard.
Oakland had a brutal outing on the other side of the ball against the Titans, getting lit up for over 550 total yards of offense and five touchdowns. The Raiders couldn’t find a way to slow down Tennessee WR A.J. Brown, as he torched the secondary for 153 yards and two touchdowns on only five catches.
Free NFL Betting Predictions and Pick: Raiders -6.5
While I also don’t really mind the OVER on 47 total points scored, several key offensive players for both teams will be missing on Sunday afternoon. Breakout star D.J. Chark has already been ruled out for the remainder of the season for Jacksonville while it appears as if Raiders RB Josh Jacobs will also be unable to suit up here in Week 15. Therefore, my favorite play in this all-AFC matchup is likely Oakland against the spread, especially when considering the home team will be fired up to put on a show in their last ever game at the Coliseum. The Raiders rabid fan-base has long been considered the most extreme, die-hard group in the entire NFL, so Gruden and Co. will be prepared to put on a show for one last time at home.
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Oakland has had the upper hand in this AFC rivalry as of late, covering the number in two out of their last three meetings with the Jaguars. The Raiders also currently own a winning record against the spread at home this season, while Jacksonville is an embarrassing 0-5 ATS over their last five games overall. The Jaguars haven’t played well against conference opponents this year either, going just 1-4 against the spread in their last five games against AFC opponents. I’m going to lay the 6.5 points and roll with the home favorites in this particular spot, as I think the Raiders will find a way to send members of “The Black Hole” home happy one final time. Give me Oakland to cover!