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Oakland Raiders vs. Seattle Seahawks - 9/1/16 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Seattle Seahawks (11-7) at Oakland Raiders (7-9)
Date & Time Thursday September 1, 2016, 10:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Oakland Raiders -2.5 -- Over/Under: 38
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NFL | Seattle Seahawks (11-7) at Oakland Raiders (7-9)
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The Seattle Seahawks and Oakland Raiders end their preseason Thursday night at the Oakland Coliseum.

The Seattle Seahawks look to build on their 2-1 preseason record after beating the Dallas Cowboys. In a 27-17 victory, Russell Wilson led the way with 192 passing yards and two touchdowns. Backup Trevone Boykin is likely going to get the bulk of the reps with the starters out. Tanner McEvoy and Tyler Lockett combined for 84 receiving yards and one touchdown while Jermaine Kearse had three receptions. The Seattle Seahawks ground game averaged 5.5 yards per carry and Christine Michael led the charge with 58 yards on seven carries. Defensively, Bobby Wagner led the Seahawks with seven tackles, Steven Terrell had one sack and Kelcie McCray had one pass deflection.

The Oakland Raiders look to bounce back after suffering back-to-back preseason losses. In a 27-14 loss to the Tennessee Titans, Derek Carr led the way with 169 passing yards and two touchdowns. Backup Matt McGloin is likely going to get the bulk of the reps with the starters out. K.J. Brent and Johnny Holton combined for 108 receiving yards on six catches while Amari Cooper had three receptions. The Oakland Raiders ground game averaged six yards per carry and DeAndre Washington led the charge with 55 yards on eight carries. Defensively, Malcolm Smith led the Raiders with seven tackles, Branden Jackson had one sack and David Amerson had one pass deflection.

The Seahawks are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games in September and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games. The Raiders are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games. The Seahawks are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 meetings in Oakland and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 meetings overall.

The Raiders have a very experienced backup quarterback in McGloin and have a youthful roster overall where a lot of guys are fighting for key backup roles. The Seahawks are pretty much stuck in their ways and don't have a ton of comp in the backup roles. I'll take the small line and the home team.

Pick:
Oakland Raiders -2.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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