Detroit and Oakland will be the back-half of an NFL preseason doubleheader on Friday night at Oakland Coliseum. Neither of these teams have a significant history between each other, meeting in just six regular season games since 1990.
Expect to see a lot of backup Rudock in these preseason games
Detroit technically had a successful 2017 campaign, finishing with a 9-7 record and second the NFC North, but didn’t qualify for the postseason. They’re hoping to take the next step with a new head coach after firing Jim Caldwell. With an aging Matt Stafford at quarterback, expect him to play less and less and these games, and get ready for a lot of backup Jake Rudock.
Rudock completed 37-of-56 passes last preseason, tallying up 380 total yards with three touchdowns and one pick. He was only sacked twice throughout all his action, and he saw the bulk of his work in the first preseason game against the Colts. The defense has been looking good according to training camp reports, which is inspiring after the woes they suffered last season.
How will the Raiders look under Gruden’s second stint?
Oakland fizzled down the stretch last season, dropping their last four games in December and finishing with a 6-10 record. Like Detroit, the head coach was ousted and there’s a lot of focus on Jon Gruden, who makes a long awaited return to the sidelines. This will be Gruden’s second stint with the team — prior to this, he made the Raiders a Super Bowl contender, and ended up beating them in his first season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after leaving them.
Another big offseason headline is star defensive back Khalil Mack, who is holding out of training camp while waiting on a new contract. The good news is quarterback Derek Carr is still in contact with him and it doesn’t look to be a locker room issue, though the coaching staff is a little annoyed at the situation.
- 3-9-2 ATS in their last 14 games overall
- 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games on grass
- 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 meetings against the Raiders
- 24-11 on the Under in their last 35 road games
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Raiders may be a favorite in this one and both teams will be seeing transitions on their team with new head coaches, but it’s hard not to like Rudock’s experience and a good connection forming between him and new head coach Matt Patricia.
Prediction: Detroit +3
Full-Game Total Pick
With new schemes being implemented, this definitely screams as one of those late-night NFL games that won’t be featuring a lot of scoring. Don’t hesitate to grab the under, even with a Lions squad that hit the over more frequently last season.
Prediction: Under 36
Half-Time Side Pick
The Raiders are at home with Gruden coaching so they do want to get off to a strong start. They should be leading early and Gruden won’t really care as much about winning the game in the second half.
Prediction: Oakland -2 (-110)
Half-Time Total Bet
That’s a high total for a first half in preseason. Even though the Raiders should get off to a solid start, Patricia is still a defensive coach. His defense will be fierce and aggressive. Expect some points in the first half but field goals over touchdowns.
Prediction: Under 20 (-110)