Los Angeles Rams at Oakland Raiders
|Date & Time||Saturday August 10, 2019, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
Oakland Raiders -4 -- O/U: 36.5
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The Los Angeles Rams and the Oakland Raiders meet in week 1 NFL preseason action from Oakland Coliseum on Saturday.
The Los Angeles Rams come into the 2019 season looking to improve on what was a very good 2018 season, finishing with a 13-3 record and their second consecutive NFC West division title. The Rams received a first round bye in the postseason before taking down Dallas in the divisional round and New Orleans in a highly controversial NFC title game by a final score of 26-23 before falling to New England in Super Bowl 53 with a 13-3 defeat. Jared Goff is back under center for the Rams after throwing for 4,688 yards, 32 touchdowns and 12 interceptions on 64.9% passing. Todd Gurley with hope to stay healthy after rushing for 1,251 yards and 17 touchdowns last season. Robert Woods and Brandin Cooks come back as L.A.’s top 1-2 punch in the receiving corps after combining for 2,423 yards, 247 receptions and 11 touchdowns last season. Aaron Donald leads the Rams defense after racking up 20.5 sacks last season to lead the NFL in that category while Dante Fowler Jr. Cory Littleton and newly acquired Clay Matthews III anchor the Rams’ linebacking corps. Marcus Peters, Nickell Robey-Coleman, Aqib Talib and Eric Weddle come in as part of a secondary that finished near the middle of the pack against the pass last season. As a team, Los Angeles averaged 421.1 yards of total offense and 32.9 points per game, both 2nd in the NFL while allowing 358.6 yards of total offense and 24 points per game last season.
The Oakland Raiders will look to bounce back after finishing 2018 with what many would consider to be a disappointing record after finishing the regular season at 4-12 in the basement of the AFC West, missing the playoffs for the 15th time in the last 16 seasons. Derek Carr is back at QB for the Raiders after throwing for 4,049 yards, 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions on 68.9% passing last season. Doug Martin led the Raiders last season with 723 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns and is expected to have some help in the backfield as the Raiders selected Josh Jacobs out of Alabama with the 23rd overall pick. Oakland made a splash in the offseason as well, acquiring Antonio Brown from the Steelers to lead the Raiders’ receiving group as the Raiders lost tight end Jared Cook to the New Orleans Saints. Clelin Ferrell was selected 4th overall out of Clemson to lead Oakland’s D-Line, while Vontaze Burfict will lead the Linebackers as the Raiders look to help a defense that finished 7th from the bottom in total yardage against last season. As a team, Oakland averaged 336.2 yards of total offense and 18.1 points per game while the defense allowed 381.4 yards of total offense and 29.2 points per game last season.
Los Angeles is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 road games. Oakland is 9-19-2 ATS in their last 30 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games on grass while the under is 9-3 in their last 12 home games. Los Angeles is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
The Raiders will be out to prove that they’re a better team now than the perennial disappointment that Raider Nation is becoming accustomed to expecting year after year, while the Rams have a lot to prove in their own right, that they’re a better and more capable team than what we saw in the Super Bowl. As far as this game goes though, preseason betting is all about depth as you never know how much time the starters are going to see if any, and side by side, I just think the Rams are the deeper and better coached team. I think the Rams win this game outright, but just to be safe I’ll take Los Angeles and the points in this one.