Oakland Raiders game predictions

September, 2, 2014
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ESPN.com Oakland Raiders reporter Bill Williamson makes his game-by-game picks for the 2014 season.

Week 1: at New York Jets

The Raiders traditionally don't play well on the East Coast. Plus, Rex Ryan's team will be tough to score on. I see a low-scoring defeat. Prediction: Loss


Week 2: Houston Texans

I think the Raiders slug out a win here. Houston has a tough defense, but I think the Raiders defense comes up big and they win a similarly low-scoring game. Houston will be questioned for passing on quarterback Derek Carr. Prediction: Win


Week 3: at New England Patriots

This, on paper, is one of the Raiders' toughest tasks and I think it will play out that way. Tom Brady is just too tough to beat at home. Prediction: Loss


Week 4: Miami Dolphins

I think the Raiders are going to rise up to being the home team in London. The Dolphins have given the Raiders trouble, but I think the Raiders win in England. Prediction: Win


Week 6: San Diego Chargers

The Raiders have had success against the Chargers at home, and while the Chargers are improved, I like this matchup for the Raiders on both lines. Prediction: Win


Week 7: Arizona Cardinals

Raider Nation will want to see Carson Palmer fail in Oakland -- they've seen it plenty of times. But I think the Cardinals are too tough on defense for the Raiders in a critical midseason game. Prediction: Loss


Week 8: at Cleveland Browns

Maybe the Raiders will be facing Johnny Football or maybe not. Either way, I think the Browns will be a mess and the Raiders will win a rare game in the Eastern Time Zone. Prediction: Win


Week 9: at Seattle Seahawks

This is where the season toughens -- in a big way. An Oakland win in Seattle would be one of the upsets of the season. Don't see it. Prediction: Loss


Week 10: Denver Broncos

Here's another tough task. Peyton Manning will be just too much -- as usual. Prediction: Loss


Week 11: at San Diego Chargers

While I like the Oakland matchup against the Chargers, I think San Diego will find its stride and win a pivotal game. Prediction: Loss


Week 12: Kansas City Chiefs

I think the Chiefs will be up and down this season. This will be a down week. Prediction: Win


Week 13: at St. Louis Rams

The Rams are good and they may be playing for something at home. Tough spot for the Raiders. Prediction: Loss


Week 14: San Francisco 49ers

This will be a Super Bowl atmosphere for Raider Nation. But the 49ers will be hitting their stride in December. Prediction: Loss


Week 15: at Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs were down in Oakland and I think they will be up at home as they try to keep their wild-card hopes alive. Prediction: Loss


Week 16: Buffalo Bills

I'm not sure either team will be playing for much, but I think the Raiders give the home crowd a good showing to say goodbye to the season. Prediction: Win


Week 17: at Denver Broncos

Let's just say the Broncos will need to win this game. I don't like the Raiders' chances in that scenario. Prediction: Loss


Predicted Record: 6-10

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ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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