Las Vegas Raiders vs. New York Giants Prediction, Preview, Picks & Odds -- 11/07/2021

by Chuck Sommers

Game time: 1 p.m. ET
Venue: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
Where to watch: CBS

Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks


DraftKings: Raiders -3
BetMGM: Raiders -3
Caesars: Raiders -3

Season record
Raiders: 5-2 (1st place, AFC West)
Giants: 2-6 (T-3rd place, NFC East)

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Raiders - Giants preview and analysis


Last week
Raiders: Bye (won 33-22 vs. Eagles in Week 7)
Giants: lost 20-17 at Chiefs on Monday

Football should not be at the forefront this week with the Las Vegas Raiders, but there’s still a game to be played.

The Raiders will look to win their third straight and extend their lead in the AFC West when they face the New York Giants in East Rutherford on Sunday.

But there are bigger things than football. Wide receiver Henry Ruggs III faces two felony charges after being involved in a deadly crash that left a woman and her dog dead on Tuesday. The Raiders released their former first-round pick, who could face up to 25 years in prison.

Between this and the Jon Gruden drama, it’s incredible to think the Raiders have to play football. Enter the narrative of having to block the outside noise and keeping all thoughts on football, etc.

In the football world, the Raiders remain one of the best surprises in the league since Gruden resigned. Back-to-back wins under coach Rich Bisaccia have put the Raiders in first place in the AFC West coming off their bye week. Las Vegas defeated the Philadelphia Eagles by 11 points at home with a tough part of the schedule coming up.

Derek Carr is coming off arguably his best passing performance in his career against the Eagles, completing 91.2 percent of his passes for 323 yards and two touchdowns. Even after throwing an interception, he only had two incompletions. Keep in mind this happened without tight end Darren Waller due to injury; Foster Moreau had six receptions for 60 yards and a touchdown in his absence.

The Giants are coming off a winnable game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football, but New York lost by three against the struggling Kansas City team. Quarterback Daniel Jones actually went toe-to-toe with Patrick Mahomes by throwing for 222 yards and two touchdowns, but New York couldn’t capitalize when it needed to.

The Giants defense has looked very good the past two weeks after holding the Carolina Panthers to three point, and then what it did to KC. But it’s still the Giants and their inability to win remains such a problem. And honestly, from even a talent standpoint, are we really looking at the Giants in a potential upset over the Raiders? Even when getting three points?

Prediction


The Raiders have already shown to rally well in the face of one bit of adversity. Doing it again with a still talented offense is another matter entirely. New York’s defense is still going to have its hands full trying to stop Waller, Hunter Renfrow and Zay Jones. Not to mention Josh Jacobs and Kenyan Drake splitting carries. I like Las Vegas to still find a way and get the win. Raiders by 10

Betting trends


The Raiders are 4-9 ATS in their past 13 games as a favorite.

The Raiders are 0-2 ATS this season after gaining 300 passing yards or more in consecutive games.

The Giants are 6-14 ATS at home in the past three seasons.

Players to watch


Raiders: Yannick Ngakoue may be the most underrated acquisition of the league this season. The pass rusher, coming off being the AFC Defensive Player of the Week two weeks ago, had two sacks against the Eagles.

Giants: Sterling Shepard has been terrific when playing at home. The Giants’ No. 1 receiver has at least seven receptions and 75 yards in three of his past four home games.

Statistical leaders


Raiders:
Passing: Derek Carr -- 2,269 yards, 12 TD, 5 INT
Rushing: Josh Jacobs -- 204 yards, 5 TD
Receiving: Hunter Renfrow -- 399 yards, 2 TD
Defense: Maxx Crosby -- 5 sacks

Giants:
Passing: Daniel Jones -- 1,949 yards, 7 TD, 5 INT
Rushing: Daniel Jones -- 241 yards, 2 TD
Receiving: Kadarius Toney -- 343 yards
Defense: Azeez Ojulari -- 5.5 sacks

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Chuck Sommers

About the Author:

Chuck Sommers has camped outside of sportsbooks since he can remember, learning the tricks and nuances of the trade. He still has nightmares of betting $5,000 on the Raiders in the Tuck Rule game but has since turned that to 25 years of veteran handicapping greatness. You can find him mostly in the shadows at the Red Rock or Aliante casinos wondering if the over is cashing on any given Sunday.

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