Green Bay Packers (2-0 SU, 0-0-0 ATS)
Oakland Raiders(1-1 SU, 0-0-0 ATS)
Where: Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, CA
When: Friday, August 24, 10:30 PM ET.
After winning their first two preseason games at home, the Green Bay Packers will hit the road to face the Oakland Raiders, who are coming off a loss to the Los Angeles Rams in their last game.
Packers Hoping Offense Stays Hot This Week
Green Bay has been great offensively during the preseason, scoring 31 points in their first preseason game against the Tennessee Titans and 51 points against the Pittsburgh Steelers last week. They will be hoping the trend continues on the road when they face Oakland.
Aaron Rodgers, who threw for 35 yards and one touchdown against the Steelers, will likely play longer this week because the third game of the preseason is usually the last game most coaches play their starters.
Rodgers and offseason acquisition Jimmy Graham gave fans a little preview of what to expect this season when they connected for an eight-yard touchdown in the first quarter.
Second-year quarterback DeShone Kizer, who was traded to the Packers from the Cleveland Browns during the offseason, seems to be the leading candidate to be Rodgers’ backup this season. Kizer completed 7 of 12 passes for 149 yards and two touchdowns, while Brett Hundley, who filled in for an injured Rodgers last season, completed 6 of 9 passes for 77 yards.
While their offense has looked good in their first two preseason games, their defense still has a lot of work to do after giving up 14 points to a Steelers team that didn’t have Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell or Antonio Brown in the lineup.
Raiders Playing It Safe In Preseason
The Raiders have been trying to err on the side of caution during the preseason and have given their starters very little playing time so far. Quarterback Derek Carr played one series in their first game but was held out of their last game.
Marshawn Lynch and Amari Cooper haven’t stepped on the field this preseason, which has fans wondering if they will see any of their stars before the season start.
Oakland got an up-close look at their first opponent of the regular season when they played the Los Angeles Rams in their last game, but like the Raiders, the Rams kept their starters out of the game as a precaution and to keep the Raiders from gaining any insight on their game plan for the season opener.
With Carr and the rest of the starters on the bench, Connor Cook and E.J. Manuel saw a lot of action in their last game and from what we saw, the battle for the backup quarterback position is a very close one. Manuel finished the game completing 10 of 16 passes for 89 yards and one touchdown. Cook went 6 of 12 for 49 yards.
The Raiders have played well defensively without their starters, but they will face their toughest preseason test against the Packers, who will likely keep their starters in the game for at least the first quarter.
- 3-9-2 ATS in their last 14 games overall.
- 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games on grass.
- 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings against Oakland.
- 2-0 ATS in two preseason games.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Raiders have struggled against the spread in their last 14 games and will likely have a tough time covering without their starters in the game, The Packers have been perfect against the spread in their last four games against the Raiders and are also perfect against the spread in their last two preseason games.
Prediction: Green Bay Packers +3
Full-Game Total Pick
The Packers are averaging 41 points per game in the preseason, while the Raiders are averaging 15.5 points in their first two games. The teams should be able to combine for 45 points with ease.
Prediction: Over 45
Full-Game Prop Bet
The Packers are averaging 41 points per game in their first two preseason games, and they are going up against a team that is allowing 14.5 points per game during the preseason. The Raiders’ defense will give the Packers some trouble but won’t prevent them from scoring 17 points.
Prediction: Packers – Total Points Over 17
Half-Time Side Pick
The Packers have outscored their opponents 41-24 in the first half of their last two games, while the Raiders have scored 13 points in their last two games. Even if Rodgers doesn’t get a lot of playing time, Green Bay’s second unit has done a good job offensively and will take the lead at the half.
Prediction: Green Bay Packers +3.5
Half-Time Total Bet
The Raiders’ offense has struggled during the preseason but they will be able to score some points against the Packers, who have given up 51 points in their first two games. With the Packers also averaging 41 points per game, the two teams will go over very early in this game.
Prediction: Over 20.5