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Gamble Ramble: Betting the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 3

We are back once again for this week’s Gamble Ramble. If you used some of last week’s picks, you may have been able to soften the blow of that soul-crushing loss to the Arizona Cardinals. If the Las Vegas Raiders’ season continues to go down the drain this week in Tennessee, hopefully it can still be profitable. All lines are via DraftKings as of Saturday morning. Let’s see if your favorite Raiders blog can help you make a little change, Raider Nation.

Smartest Bet: Darren Waller to Score a Touchdown (+160)

With the potential payout being even higher this week, let’s keep riding on last week’s smartest bet. Hunter Renfrow’s being out leaves Waller and Davante Adams as the two main receiving threats in the redzone. Adams will likely garner more of the attention, leaving Waller as the safer option once the field begins to shrink. While Adams’ usage has been super volatile, Waller’s has been consistently targeted, especially down near the goal line. Now this isn’t to say that Adams won’t score, because he probably will. However, Waller’s +160 is just more appealing than Adams’.

Safest Bet: Derek Carr Moneyline H2H Passing Yards Versus Ryan Tannehill (-205)

This is a fun little prop where you can bet on which quarterback will throw for more passing yards. There are two reasons to love Carr here. First, he is averaging 273.5 yards passing per game, whereas Tannehill is averaging 191.5. Then, you add in the fact that Tennessee is a run-first team, has a suspect pass defense, and that the Raiders are essentially a pass-first team. It would be a massive statistical outlier if Tannehill throws for more yards. The return on this bet stinks, but it is essentially free money.

Best Risky Bet: Dontrell Hilliard to Score a Touchdown (+400)

If you read that heading and immediately asked, “Who?”, it’s okay. Hilliard is one of Derrick Henry’s two main backups. He usually gets less fanfare than his counterpart, former Michigan standout Hassan Haskins. Hilliard has also been an afterthought, due to not playing in week two, and only getting 11 snaps in Week 1. However, it is what he did in those 11 snaps that gets him mentioned here. In Week 1 against the New York Giants, Hilliard found the endzone twice. The Titans, as a team have only scored one other touchdown so far this season. Hilliard is fully healthy after being out last week. At +400, he is worth a long look.

Raider Nation: Something’s Got To Give For Raiders, Titans

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*Top Photo: Darren Waller/AP

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