Seattle Seahawks (11-6-1) at Oakland Raiders (12-5)
|Date & Time||Thursday August 31, 2017, 10:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Oakland Raiders -2.5 -- Over/Under: 39.5
Out at O.co Coliseum on Thursday, the Seattle Seahawks and the Oakland Raiders will be wrapping up their NFL preseasons.
The Seahawks are coming off a 10-5-1 mark in the 2016 campaign, finishing first in the NFC West. Seattle beat Detroit in the Wild Card Round of the playoffs, but lost to the Atlanta Falcons in the Divisional Round. New faces for the 2017 season include OG Luke Joeckel, RB Eddie Lacy and S Bradley McDougald.
So far this preseason, Seattle is 3-0. The Seahawks beat the Chargers 48-17, the Vikings 20-13 and the Chiefs 26-13. In that one, Seattle QB Russell Wilson went 13-of-19 for 200 yards and a TD, while Javon Kearse had three grabs for 59 yards.
Over on the Raiders’ side, they’re fresh off a 12-4 regular season mark that gave them a second-place finish in the AFC West. Oakland lost in the Wild Card Game to the Texans. A few new faces will be in Oakland to help make a playoff return in 2017, including TE Jared Cook and WR Cordarrelle Patterson.
In the preseason thus far, the Raiders are 0-3, losing to the Cardinals 20-10, the Rams 24-21 and the Cowboys 24-20. In that last appearance, QB Derek Carr went 13-of-17 for 144 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Amari Cooper had four catches for 78 yards to lead the receivers.
Miraculously, the Seahawks escaped Week 3 of the preseason with no new injuries. The Raiders, however, will be watching David Amerson and Jamie Olawale this week.
The Seahawks are 7-0 ATS in their last seven Thursday games and 1-5 ATS in their last six games on grass. Seattle is also 0-4 ATS in their last four road games and the over si 4-1 in the Seahawks’ last five road games.
Meanwhile, the Raiders are 4-1 ATS in their last five home games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games on grass. Oakland is also 3-7 ATS in their last 10 Thursday games and the over is 20-6-2 in the Raiders’ last 28 home games.
Seattle has come into the preseason and looked pretty impressive. Yeah, it’s the preseason and everything, but to get three straight victories a team still has to have a deep group of players who know what they’re doing. Even though we won’t see much of the starters here, I like the Seahawks to keep it going and bag a victory here.