The Oakland Raiders will go on to Florida to face the Jacksonville Jaguars in a Week 7 showdown and it is, without a doubt, going to be one of the more interesting games of the week.Let’s take a look at each of these teams and how they match up going into their Sunday afternoon game.

The Raiders

The Raiders need a win this week in order to reclaim their throne at the top of the AFC West and keep up with Super Bowl Champions, the Denver Broncos, and the Kansas City Chiefs in their division race.Derek Carr will be the key to the Raiders success, which isn’t much different to how it has been this entire season.

With a defense that has not met expectations this season, Carr has needed to go above and beyond to help the Raiders get to where they are now.

On the season, Carr has thrown for 1608 yards (#10 in the NFL) and 12 touchdowns (tied for #6 in the NFL). He is coming off of a poor Week 6 performance against the Kansas City Chiefs where he only found the end zone once in their 26-10 loss, but his star running back Latavius Murray is expected to return to the field this week.Murray is the lead back in their running back committee of Jalen Richard, DeAndre Washington, and Taiwan Jones, who is also on their Week 7 injury report after being limited in practice with a knee injury, that average 110 yards/game despite Murray being out with a toe injury the past two weeks.

The Raiders’ running game needs to take some of the pressure off of Carr in the game. The Jaguars have only allowed 218.4 passing yards per game (#8 in the NFL) which means a lot being they have played against Aaron Rodgers, Andrew Luck, Joe Flacco, Brian Hoyer, and Philip Rivers this season.

Coach Jack Del Rio will also be looking to find a win against his former team that he coached from 2003-2011.

He will need to make the right calls in this game with the help of Carr who will need to take control of this offense which he has done so well this season.The one thing the Raiders need to do that they have done well this season is spread the ball around. They have a lot of talent on their offensive front, so it shouldn’t be an issue for them to do just that.

The Jaguars

The Jaguars are the favorites in this game. They really need a win this week if they are going to keep up in their division race. They have already fallen 2 games behind the Houston Texans, so a win this week can put them right back in the running.They are going to need to find success offensively if they are going to keep up with the Raiders who have seemingly been in a shootout every week despite the teams they have faced off against and they will need to start with improving their running game. They only average 71 yards per game (#31 in the NFL) which isn’t going to cut it if they want to be successful. When a team can’t find success running, their offense becomes more predictable and they won’t find the offensive production they need.

Luckily for them, the Raiders allow the third most rushing yards in the league with 793 yards. The Jaguars have two dynamic running backs in T.J. Yeldon and Chris Ivory, so it is hard to believe that they haven’t found much success, but this week should be the match up that they have been looking for.

Quarterback Blake Bortles should also find some success in this game. He hasn’t been anything special this season, but with the Raiders allowing the most passing yards in the league (1876) and the most total yards in the league (444.8 per/game), it is hard to think that he will struggle this week.

The Jaguars defense will need to slow down the Raiders if they are going to have a chance in this game, but with the way the Raiders defense is playing, this game is in the making for a shootout.

The Jaguars offensive success is the key to their success and will make-or-break their chances of a Week 7 win.

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