With regards to the actual game itself the Vegas point spread means next to nothing. The Vegas guys are more concerned with turning a profit than giving realistic odds on a game of football. But the Raiders should realize there is a reason why the Miami Dolphins are three point favorites heading into Sunday’s contest.
On the surface it would seem the odds makers missed as badly as Tim Tebow trying to throw on the run.
Thus far this season the Raiders have resembled the Mad Max sequel cause they’ve been Road Warriors. Oakland has lost just once in five road games this season. Meanwhile until recently the Dolphins couldn’t win at home if they were playing the University of Miami.
In recent weeks Miami has made a dramatic turnaround. Well…not dramatic enough to stay out of the Matt Barkley sweepstakes, but they are playing some inspired ball.
As for the Raiders…they’re riding a three game win streak while trying to fend off the Fighting Tebows in Donkey Town.
So…umm…why exactly are the Fins favored?
As a reformed degenerate gambler (long…long…long time ago) I can tell you that the wise guys are banking on this be your classic “trap game”. Before you go to the disrespect card keep in mind the same Dolphins put a dagger in Oakland’s playoff hopes a year ago…in Oakland.
Of course that game was marred by Davone Bess abusing Walter McFadden and Tom Cable inexplicably starting noodle armed Bruce Gradkowski. None the less the Raiders laid an egg in an important game.
Given this week’s…ummm…”distractions” there is plenty of reason to think the guys in Vegas are banking on a letdown. That is where Hue Jackson must continue to work his Coach of the Year magic.
Keeping his team focused has been Hue’s specialty thus far this season. Neither the death of Al Davis nor the loss of Jason Campbell has kept the Raiders from gunning for the AFC West crown. So why should Matt Moore and Reggie Bush stand in the way now?