In the years since the salary cap was introduced to the NFL, we have seen a level of parity arrive that is unlike anything that came before. It’s good for the game as a whole, but online betting fans of individual teams have come to understand that there are going to be periods of ups and downs, with teams forced to rebuild and restructure once they get into cap trouble. Then there are teams like the Oakland Raiders, who seemed unwilling to spend for so many years, and who quickly became a laughing stock of the league. There has been a definite shift in the past couple of seasons, and that shift could become seismic this year if this teams plays up to its potential. They have drafted well over the past 2 or 3 seasons, and have added some talent that gives them a real depth at every position. They will get a good test in their final preseason game when they welcome in the Seattle Seahawks, who have been the model of consistency during the Pete Carroll era.
A Closer Look At The Seahawks at Raiders Winning Predictions
When: Thursday, Sept 1 at 10 PM EST
Where: Oakland Coliseum, Oakland
TV: NFL Network
Radio: SiriusXM NFL Radio
NFL Odds: Raiders -2
Why bet on the Seattle Seahawks
While we may not have seen a lot of the starters in the opening 3 weeks of the preseason, it has been very much business as usual for the Seattle Seahawks. They have put together a 2-1 record, and have played the sort of defensive football that has made them so successful over the past few years. It’s going to be very interesting to see what this team does without Marshawn Lynch to hand the ball off to, and you get the definite sense that they are going to allow Russell Wilson a little more freedom to be creative, which is something that the QB does very well indeed. This will be another good test for the Seahawks against an offense that could be something special this coming season.
Why bet on the Oakland Raiders
With so much hope and excitement brewing in the Oakland area, you certainly hope that the season does not get derailed by issues outside of what’s happening on the field. There has been talk of Oakland Raiders moving to a new location for a while, and the release of new stadium images and the trademarking of the Las Vegas Raiders name will do nothing to quiet that talk down. We all saw what happened with the Chargers last season amid talks of a move, and the hope is that this young team can put all of that stuff aside and deliver the goods every Sunday.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
The Seahawks preseason games have been, for the most part, tight, low-scoring affairs, and I don’t see this one being any different. This looks to me like a last second field goal game in the making, and I am giving the nod to the Raiders due to their home field advantage.