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8-19-2017 - Expert Prediction

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#423 Los Angeles
Rams
#424 Oakland
Raiders

Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 10:00pm

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Los Angeles Rams 1-0 (1-0 ATS) at Oakland Raiders 0-1 (0-1 ATS)

When and Where: Saturday, August 19, Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, Calif. 10:00pm EDT

Spread: Oakland -3

Total: 38.5

Both of these teams used to call the city of Los Angeles home.  Of course, now the Rams do again, after trips through Cleveland, Los Angeles, St. Louis, and now L.A. again.  The Raiders, began in Oakland, spent 10+ years in Los Angeles, before returning to Oakland, but now will be heading to Las Vegas in 2020.  Did you guys get all of that?  There will be a quiz at the end.  Despite their traveling ways, these two teams still have a bit of a rivalry that has been built up over the years.  The latest rendition of it will come in the form of a preseason game in the aging Oakland Coliseum on Saturday night in the Golden State.

Rams Relying on Run Game

The Rams return to the City of Angels did not go as well as hoped. The team finished with a 4-12 record and in third place in the NFC West. They also managed to win just a single game at home in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. On the season, they were outscored by a total of 170 points, and lost their last seven games.  Todd Gurley was extremely disappointing after his standout rookie season.  He will still be relied upon heavily in the upcoming year with Jarod Goff still going through growing pains after his own rookie season that did not see much success.

In the 13-10 win over the Cowboys in the preseason opener, Gurley managed just two yards on four carries.   Goff had the opening score of the game when he drove the team 33 yards and hit Robert Woods near the end zone. Woods would fumble the ball but Cooper Kupp fell on it for the score. Kupp would finish with the touchdown and two catches for 35 yards. Justin Davis led the way on the ground, going for 70 yards on nine carriers. His longest run was 32 yards and he averaged 7.8 carries on the night.

Raiders Ready to Play

Derek Carr and Marshawn Lynch both sat for week one of the 2017 preseason.  Of course, Marshawn Lynch sitting during the national anthem will probably garner more attention than anything that actually happened during the game.  Lynch was signed in the offseason after being lured out of retirement, but the jury is still out as to whether the former Seahawk will be more of a help or a hindrance at this point.  Carr is coming back from a broken leg and the jury is probably more decided that he can return to form instead of struggling and fading from the limelight.

Against the Cardinals, the backups got their chance to shine, but only managed 10 points in the 20-10 loss to Arizona.  With Carr sitting, E.J. Manuel got the start for the Raiders and played the entire first half. He connected on 10 of his 12 passes for 107 yards, but also suffered a nine-yard sack. Connor Cook took over in the second half and completed a 29-yard pass to John Crockett before Crockett would later run it in from one yard out. Cook finished 10-of-21 for 82 yards.

NFL Trends:

LA Rams are:

  • 1-10-1 ATS last 12 overall.
  • 0-4 ATS last 4 Saturday games.

Oakland is:

  • 4-1 ATS last 5 home games.

The Raiders probably need this one more.  Derek Carr has yet to take a snap since breaking his leg, but is expected to make his debut on Saturday.  They will also be playing in front of an Oakland crowd that is probably on the fence as to whether or not they want to follow this team while they finish out their stint in Oak-town.  You can expect the Raiders to come out and play hard, and while the Rams will do the same, it probably will not be enough to keep up with the intensity of the silver and black.

Pick: Oakland

Chuck D

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