On Saturday, August 10th, the Los Angeles Rams will head up the California coast to take on the Oakland Raiders in an intriguing all-California preseason battle. The Raiders have made a lot of moves this offseason, and this weekend’s game will be the first-time fans get to see what the team may look like in 2019. The Rams will once again compete for a trip to the Super Bowl, but don’t expect to see any semblance of a championship team on Saturday. Kickoff inside the Oakland Coliseum for the Raiders vs Rams game is at 8 PM ET.
|Betting Data||Los Angeles Rams||Oakland Raiders|
|2018 S/U record||15-4||4-12|
|2018 ATS Home||4-4-2||4-4|
|2018 ATS Away||5-4||2-6|
|2018 O/U Home||6-3-1||3-5|
|2018 O/U Away||2-7||4-4|
The Rams and the Raiders have played against each other 14 times during the regular season and postseason. Oakland holds the advantage with a head-to-head record of 8-6. In preseason action, these two teams have squared off against each other three out of the last four years. The Rams are 2-1 against the Raiders over that span.
The Rams (0-0) are 4-4 in the preseason under head coach Sean McVay. However, they are 2-0 against the Raiders during that span. Although many of the starters will not play much on Saturday, the Rams still have plenty of depth that should be on display in this game. It will be interesting to see how Blake Bortles looks as the Rams backup QB.
Oakland (0-0) went 3-1 in the preseason last year with their lone loss coming to the Rams. Unfortunately, their preseason success didn’t translate into the regular season as the team finished 4-12 overall. With all of their offseason roster additions, and the looming move to Las Vegas, emotions will be high in Oakland on Saturday even if it’s just a preseason game.
Most online betting sites saw the Raiders open as a 3.5-point favorite over the Rams. Since then, that spread climbed as high as 6 points for Oakland before settling at -4 points with most NFL betting sites. The over/under opened at 37 points and has come down slightly to 36.5 total points at the majority of sports betting sites.
Although both teams will play their top stars sparingly, I have a hard time thinking the Raiders will win by more than a field goal, if at all, over the defending NFC champs. The first preseason game is all about depth, and I believe the Rams have more depth than the Raiders do.
Keep in mind, this is only the second year under Jon Gruden. He’s still building out the roster. On the other side of the field, this will be McVay’s third season with the Rams, and they have already proven that their roster has a lot of depth. It will be interesting to see how Blake Bortles looks on Saturday as the backup QB. I’m also curious to see how rookie running back Henderson looks. He will be the backup to Gurley who’s not expected to play. Henderson is electric and could be a factor in the offense not only this weekend, but all season long.
The Raiders have a rookie running back in Jacobs that’s expected to be a big part of the offense. He should get a few series this weekend to show off his explosiveness out of the backfield. However, their top free agent acquisition, wide receiver Antonio Brown, is expected to miss the game due to a foot injury. Beyond the starters, it’s unclear how much talent the Raiders actually have.
As mentioned, the Rams are 2-1 against the Raiders over the last three preseason games. They’re 4-1 SU against the Raiders in the last five head-to-head meetings and 5-1 ATS in their last six meetings. The Raiders are 6-14 ATS in their last 20 games during August and 0-5 SU in their last five games on a Saturday.
Under coach McVay, the Rams defeated the Raiders in preseason action by the scores of 19 to 15 in 2018 and 24 to 21 in 2017. Both games were close, but the Rams pulled them out due to having better depth and getting out to an early lead in each game.
I expect more of the same this weekend at Raiders vs Rams. The Rams could jump out to an early lead and hold off the Raiders as they win another close contest. Or the Raiders could pull off the comeback and win by a late score. Either way, I don’t see this game ending with the Raiders winning by more than a field goal.
Keep an eye on NFL betting sites to see if there’s any sharp movement heading into the weekend. For now, take the Rams to cover the spread and most likely win their third straight preseason game against the Raiders.
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