Oakland Raiders at Green Bay Packers Free Pick, Odds, Prediction 8/22/14
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NFL Football: Friday, August 22, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Lambeau Field)
The Line: Green Bay Packers -7 -- Over/Under: 43.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: NFL HD
The Oakland Raiders head to Green Bay on Friday to face off against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.
The Green Bay Packers are sitting at 1-1 this preseason, following a solid 21-7 win over the Rams this past weekend. The Packers are one of the best drafting teams in the league, and with their solid and deep roster, Green Bay once again expects to be in the title hunt. Aaron Rodgers is in the conversation as the best player in the league, and if I could choose one guy to have on my franchise, it’d be Rodgers. The Packer qb gave his arm a workout against the Rams, and was impressive, completing 11/13 for better than 120 yards and a score. Rodgers hooked up with Randall Cobb in the first quarter, giving the Packers their lone touchdown of the first half. Behind Rodgers, both Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien saw action. Flynn connected with Jeff Janis late in the third quarter, giving the Packers a big cushion, and essentially locking the game away. Green Bay found a stud in the draft in Lacey a couple seasons ago, and once again Lacey figures to be one of the more dominant backs in the league this season.
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The Oakland Raiders are 1-1 this preseason following a win over the Lions last Friday night. The Raiders defeated the Lions in impressive fashion, as quarterback Matt McGloin connected with Brice Butler on a 19 yard score to seal the deal. The Raiders shocked everyone the past offseason with the signing of Matt Schaub. This is not a good thing. Schaub hasn’t shown anyone that he can help this franchise rebound, and while Schaub was essentially brought in as a stop gap while Carr got settled, Carr may have to take the reigns sooner than later. The Raiders do have a couple veterans in the backfield this season that should help lighten the load off of their signal caller. It’s hard to say whether or not the Raiders are going to have one primary back or not, but with MJD and McFadden back there, the Raiders are likely to split carries between the two. Look for the Raiders to keep the one’s in the entire first half, and even after Schaub goes out, there shouldn’t be much of a drop off here at the quarterback spot.
The Packers head into this one on Friday night as a full touchdown favorite over the Raiders. If this was during the season, I could see that, but in the preseason, third game or not, I just can’t see giving up a full touchdown. I’ll be staying away personally, as the Packers very well could run away from the Raiders if they choose to, but the value here looks to be with Oakland, especially if you can find a +7.5 out there somewhere.