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Sunday Night Football: Raiders road favorites vs. Redskins

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Perhaps fittingly for a franchise headed for a new home, the Oakland Raiders and quarterback Derek Carr have been an outstanding road team recently.

While West Coast teams playing three time zones from home can make bettors uneasy, the Raiders are listed as three-point road favorites against the host Washington Redskins with a 54.5 total in their Sunday Night Football matchup at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The Raiders are 10-3 against the spread in their 13 most recent road games. They are also 3-0 straight-up and ATS in their last three games as a favorite on the road. Washington, led by Kirk Cousins, has been a poor prime-time performer lately, going 3-11 SU and ATS in their last 14 games at night.

The Raiders, who are 2-0 SU and ATS for the first time in 15 seasons, expect to have a full contingent of offensive threats complementing Carr. Running back Marshawn Lynch has a good matchup against a Washington defense that has allowed the 11th-most rushing yards in the NFL since the start of last season.

Assuming Washington shutdown CB Josh Norman (shoulder) plays, it should be a great matchup in the passing phase with the Raiders’ Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree going against Norman and CB Bashuad Breeland.

Oakland’s offensive line has allowed only two sacks through two weeks and it looks like TE Jared Cook is good to go after getting in a full practice on Friday.

With the Redskins, who are 1-1 SU and ATS, there are some concerns with the offense, which was a top-5 unit in 2016. Cousins and his receivers, including newcomer Terrelle Pryor, have yet to connect on a deep ball – something Oakland doesn’t defense particularly well. Bettors should keep on eye on whether TE Jordan Reed (ribs/sternum), who is key in the short- and intermediate-range game, suits up. Even if he’s good to go, Reed might play limited snaps.

Washington’s offensive line will have to contain Oakland OLB Khalil Mack, one of the game’s best pass rushers. However, it has been run-blocking very well and that should continue whether Rob Kelley (ribs), Samaje Perrine or Chris Thompson is in the backfield.

The total has gone over in 18 of the Raiders’ last 23 games after a win. The total has gone under in 10 of the Redskins’ last 11 games when hosting a West Coast team.

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Marshawn Lynch goes ‘Beast Mode,’ gets red card less than one minute into charity soccer match

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Marshawn Lynch may not be a Seattle Seahawk anymore, but he’s still supporting his Pacific Northwest friends like Sounders winger, Steve Zakuani. In Zakuani’s charity soccer match during the Fourth of July weekend, Marshawn Lynch did what he does best: he ran the ball. Literally.

Lynch, who opted to wear sliders on the field rather than cleats, got a solid pass from teammate Eddie Johnson, a former MLS player. Instead of dribbling the ball towards the net, Lynch went into full beast mode, picking up the soccer ball and running it into the goal.

But he wasn’t done. After being penalized with a red card, Lynch takes the red card right out of the ref’s hand and savagely throws it to the ground and punts the soccer ball (and his flip flop) away. All this happened within seconds of Lynch being subbed into the match.

Last week, Lynch’s trainer posted a video of the Raiders running back doing foot drills on the beach but it didn’t look like he put those intense foot skills to work at the charity event. Though he wasn’t in the game for long, Lynch sure did make his seconds count and gave the crowd something to laugh about.

 

Egyptian teen scores on Marshawn Lynch, Beast Mode dunks and walks off court

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Beast Mode has moved from the gridiron to the hardwood.

The recently-retired Seattle Seahawks running back is on a trip in Egypt where he has ridden a camel and taken a tour of the Cairo Tower.

And now, dunked against an Egyptian teenager. Keep an eye out for the stare down at the end. That’s definitely something we missed in the NFL due to Lynch’s visor.