Seattle Seahawks (3-0 SU, 3-0 ATS, 1-2 O/U) at Oakland Raiders (0-3 SU, 0-3 ATS, 1-2 O/U)
When and Where: Thursday, Aug. 31, Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, Calif., 10pmET
Line: Oakland -2.5
The Seattle Seahawks and Oakland Raiders meet in the final preseason game in what could be a 2018 Super Bowl preview. Seattle has looked fairly dominant in preseason, going 3-0. Oakland is 0-3 but winning games is not that important for Jack Del Rio and company, who went 12-4 last season. The Raiders host the Seahawks on Thursday night from Oakland.
Walsh leads Seahawks over Chiefs
Last season, Blair Walsh kicked for Minnesota but was released after missing an extra point against Washington in Week 10. He made his case to make the Seahawks last Friday by kicking four field goals to lead Seattle over Kansas City, 26-13 at home. Quarterback Russell Wilson also played well, completing 13 of 19 for 200 yards with one touchdown pass. Chris Cannon and J.D. McKissic combined for 92 yards on 15 carries for the Seahawks. The concern is at left tackle with George Fant out for the season due to a torn ACL. Rees Odhiambo did a solid job as the starter against the Chiefs.
Defensively, the Seahawks are an elite group, allowing just 318.7 yards per game (5th) and 92.9 rushing yards per game (7th). They’ve even been sharp in preseason, holding the Chiefs to just 69 rushing yards on 22 carries. If there is a concern, it’s on special teams, where they allowed a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown from De’Anthony Thomas in the second quarter.
First-string offense shows up against Cowboys
Oakland fell to Dallas last week, 24-20 but more importantly, they were down 13-10 at the half with most of the starters playing. Quarterback Derek Carr threw two touchdowns passes, including a 48-yarder to Amari Cooper with 3:07 left in the first half. He also threw a 17-yard score to Cordarelle Patterson on the first play in the second quarter. Carr was very sharp, completing 13 of 17 for 144 yards with two TDs and no picks. Backup Connor Cook completed 9 of 16 for 89 yards with no TDs as the Raiders were held to no offensive points in the second half. Their only second-half score came on a LaTroy Lewis fumble recovery for a touchdown in the third quarter.
Defensively, the Raiders struggled last season, allowing 375.1 yards per game total (26th) and 257.6 passing yards per game (24th). That’s despite having one of the premier defensive ends in the game in Khalil Mack, who was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year last season, with 11 sacks.
- 7-0 ATS last 7 Thursday games.
- 3-7 ATS last 10 Thursday games.
Oakland doesn’t care about winning preseason games, while Pete Carroll treats every game like a playoff game. That’s assuming that both starting quarterbacks and most of the starters will be sitting out in Game 4. Seattle’s backups are a bit stronger, led by Trevone Boykin, who is coming off a terrible game (0-6, 1 INT), but is capable of playing well. I do like Seattle getting points here.