With vastly different fan predictions for Dolphins vs Raiders

oddsmakers become voice of Youth
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reason In most
cases, fans hold considerably more faith in their team than the general public
or those who are paid to predict games objectively. So, it’s hard to really
trust a fan prediction of a game.Take the Raiders vs Dolphins in Miami this
week. We sent out out FanPulse polls across the SB Nation network to get their
score predictions. That means Raiders fans prediction how the Raiders will do
and Dolphins fans predicting the Dolphins. As you might expect, each team’s fans
think their team will win the contest. Where it gets interesting is when you
compare those findings with where the two teams stand according to
oddsmakers.Raiders FanPulse: Raiders by 4Dolphins FanPulse: Dolphins by
9Oddsmakers: Dolphins by 3Clearly oddsmakers think both Raiders fans and
Dolphins fans should equally pump the brakes. They split these two predictions
pretty much right down the middle; -6 from Dolphins fans predictions and -7 from
Raiders fans.Last week the FalPulse results versus the oddsmakers told a similar
story with an 11-point difference in fan predictions while this week holds a
13-point difference. The result of the game in Denver was the Raiders losing to
the Broncos, but the Broncos didn’t cover the spread, winning by one point with
a 6-point advantage in the line.See our picks against the spread for this and
all of this weeks NFL games here.You can add your voice to our weekly FanPulse
survey, powered by SurveyMonkey. Sign up HERE to join FanPulse.Follow
@LeviDamienNow more than ever, Raiders need to trade for Seattle’s S Earl Thomas
It’s not often a team manages to knock a draft pick so out of the park as the
Raiders did with Khalil Mack, but they just undid it all with one foul swoop. I
know the phrase is actually “one fell swoop”, but in this case “foul swoop” is
definitely the more appropriate way to say it. The devastating trade of Khalil
Mack to the Chicago Bears sucks Youth
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, there’s no way around that.Jon Gruden and
Reggie McKenzie just ripped the heart out of Raider Nation with this one.
However, the season is still about to begin despite this monstrous moment in
Raiders history. They still will be facing off against the Los Angeles Rams on
Monday the 10th, and there is still a lot of roster tweaking that needs to
happen by then.After finding out the details of the horrible compensation the
Raiders will receive for Khalil Mack, it’s imperative to not let this be the
last big move for the Raiders before the regular season starts. They need to do
something else huge, something undeniably positive to begin to take the stank
off of this moment. Trading for A.J. McCarron to be the back up QB isn’t enough,
they need to do something bigger.The move they should make is to trade for
Seattle Seahawks all-pro safety Earl Thomas. They now are going to have plenty
of draft capital in next year’s draft with their own 1st round pick and the 1st
rounder they will be receiving from the Bears, that frees up the 2019 2nd round
draft pick it would likely take to make a trade for Thomas. The biggest problem
with giving up next year’s 2nd round pick is that they somehow allowed the Bears
to fleece their 2020 2nd round pick from them in this horrible Mack trade. That
means if they traded next year’s 2nd then they’d go two years in a row without a
2nd round pick. However, they will have 2 first rounders in each of those drafts
anyway so they could afford to go without their2nd round picks if it means they
get a player as good as Earl Thomas out of the deal.Oakland needs a new super
star leader alongside Bruce Irvin now that they just traded their best player,
and Earl Thomas would absolutely fit that bill for them and has history playing
with Irvin in Seattle. The Raiders also now have the cap space to sign Thomas to
an extension without having to worry about paying Mack. A new deal would be a
necessity because Thomas is currently holding out from Seattle to get a new deal
which is why he is available anyway. Last and certainly not least, Oakland’s
secondary needs the help now more than ever.Even before this Mack trade the
Raiders secondary was lacking in talent Womens
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, but taking away the best pass rusher in the game
is only going to add more pressure on the Oakland secondary. The Raiders pass
rush looks much improved from the previous years, but taking away Mack is still
going to leave the opposing quarterbacks with more time to throw than they would
have had otherwise.More time to throw means more time the secondary is going to
have to cover opposing players. That makes the safety position even more
important and Earl Thomas is as good as it gets in the back end for Seattle. He
is capable of covering tight ends, he is a great center fielder who always puts
himself in great position to make plays on the ball, and he is a beast at
helping in run support. The run support help would be an especially important
piece to add as well because Mack was incredible at stopping the run so the
Raiders will need extra help in that area too now.Right now Raider Nation is
hurting, the team is hurting, and both need help in recovering from the shock of
the Khalil Mack trade. Adding Earl Thomas already made sense anyway, but now it
is a move that the Raiders need to seriously consider doing. Thomas would be a
great addition to the team as a player, a leader, and as a distraction to this
Khalil Mack trade.They have the need at the position and they have the
ammunition needed to make a trade for Earl Thomas happen. The only problem is
they might not have the will to do it considering they just made it clear that
defense is not an area they are willing to make a huge investment in.
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