Week 13 Reality Checks: Washington at Las Vegas
By Tim Payne
2. The Reality Is, the Raiders won’t lose 17-15.
Washington beat Seattle because of dominating the time of possession. They almost ended up in overtime against Seattle because they failed to capitalize on enough long drives. To hold the ball for 40 minutes and only score 17 points is absurd. If the WFT expects to come home from Vegas with a win this week, they are going to have to put up more points. And against this defense, they should be able to.
In the their last three games, the Raiders are the league’s worst defense. In that same span, they’ve scored 36 points in a win and 13/14 respectively in two losses. Washington won’t beat the Raiders in a low-scoring affair. They’ll either put up a lot of points en route to a shoot-out win/loss, or they’ll put up a lot of points in a rout, or they’ll get blown out. So, if they want to WIN, they have to put up 24+ points.