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Derek Carr comforts Damian Lillard with promise of Raiders playoff run

Derek Carr comforts Damian Lillard with promise of Raiders playoff run

Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard made the wrong kind of history Friday night, but Raiders quarterback Derek Carr was there for him with an intriguing proposition. 

Lillard, an Oakland native and a massive Raiders fan, wasn't happy Portland lost in his 60-point effort. When Carr gave the point guard props for his performance on Twitter, Lillard quickly shifted the conversation to the surprising Silver and Black. 

The Raiders are 5-4, thanks to Thursday night's win over the Los Angeles Chargers in the rivals' final meeting at the Coliseum. Oakland could end Week 10 in possession of the AFC's final wild-card spot, assuming the lowly Miami Dolphins can spring an upset over the Indianapolis Colts and backup QB Brian Hoyer. 

Carr has never played in the NFL playoffs, as he was injured in the penultimate regular-season game of the 2016 season when the Raiders last qualified for the postseason. That marked Oakland's first playoff appearance since losing to current Raiders coach Jon Gruden and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVII. If the pair return to the postseason this winter, they might want to take a page out of Lillard's book. 

[RELATED: Ferrell arrives with statement game in Raiders' TNF win]

Lillard famously dropped a 37-foot buzzer-beater on the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA playoffs this spring, waving good-bye to the Thunder after sealing the sweep. Though Lillard has not made it past the Western Conference finals, the 29-year-old averages more points per game (24.8) in the playoffs than he does in the regular season.

The Raiders have to get there first, though, and Lillard will be watching every step of the way. 

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Raiders vs. Bengals live stream: How to watch NFL Week 11 game online

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Raiders vs. Bengals live stream: How to watch NFL Week 11 game online

The good news is the Raiders are going up against the worst run defense in the league. The even better news is Oakland has Josh Jacobs.

The Bengals head to the Coliseum on Sunday to face a Raiders team that is favored to win. Cincinnati has the worst record in the league, so that shouldn't come as a surprise.

Quarterback Derek Carr hasn't thrown an interception in nearly a month and is looking like his old successful self.

This is guaranteed to be a fun game for the Raiders and their fans.

Here's how to watch the Raiders-Bengals Week 11 game live online and on TV:

Start time: 1:25 p.m. PT
TV channel: CBS (KPIX)
Live stream: fuboTV -- Get a free trial

Raiders-Bengals odds, predictions: Betting lines, picks for NFL Week 11 game

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Raiders-Bengals odds, predictions: Betting lines, picks for NFL Week 11 game

The Raiders head into their Week 11 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals with a leg up. The team will be going up against the worst run defense in the league.

The Bengals give up 173.0 yards per game and have yet to win a matchup this season. This win is pretty much in the cards for the Silver and Black. Plus, this is a huge opportunity for Josh Jacobs (and his fantasy owners) to capitalize on his running game. 

On the other side, Bengals RB Joe Mixon is 14th in the NFL with 131 carries this seasons.

If you're a betting person, the Raiders are favored in the upcoming matchup according to Sportsline

Line

Caesars: OAK -750
Consensus: OAK -711
Westgate: OAK -700
Wynn: OAK -700

Here are how NFL writers around the country see the Raiders-Bengals game shaking out:

Paul Gutierrez, ESPN: Raiders 31, Bengals 16
Ben Baby, ESPN: Raiders 30, Bengals 13
Michael David Smith, PFT: Raiders 21, Bengals 7
Michael Florio, PFT: Raiders 41, Bengals 20