Los Angeles Rams vs. Oakland Raiders Preview
Where: Oakland Coliseum, Oakland
When: Saturday, August 19, 2017, 10:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: NBC
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Betting on the Los Angeles Rams (+140)
After edging Dallas in a low-scoring affair to open up their preseason campaign, the Rams look forward to doubling up in wins as they fly to Oakland for a match with the Raiders. The Rams, who won the contest 13-10, drew limited action from quarterback Jared Goff and utilized mostly their backfield and backup quarterback Sean Mannion.
Los Angeles rushed for 105 yards with star quarterback Todd Gurley getting just two yards on four carries. Expect Gurley, however, to get more snaps moving forward in the preseason, as he prepares to bounce back from a down season in which he rushed for just 885 yards and six touchdowns.
The backfield could’ve done more against Dallas but the Rams fumbled the ball over five times. Better security of the pigskin is definitely one of the issues Los Angeles needs to address. The team was seventh last season in fumbles per game with 1.5 and fourth most in giveaways per contest with 1.8.
Betting on the Oakland Raiders (-160)
Oakland’s 20-10 road loss to Arizona in Week 1 o the preseason was overshadowed by Marshawn Lynch’s resistance to stand for the national anthem before the game. Lynch, might not need the same type of gesture again this Saturday to grab headlines if the Raiders would let him play.
While the Raiders have seen him play in practice, it appears imperative for the Raiders to put Beastmode in a live game set up to better gauge how much gas is really left on Lynch’s tank. That said, DeAndre Washington has to show more than the mere 16 rushing yards he put up on five carries against Arizona.
Even more interesting to watch out for is how the competition for backup quarterback role is unfolding. Connor Cook was last year’s No. 3 QB for the Raiders and has been projected to go up to No. 2 following Matt McGloin’s departure. But the arrival of EJ Manuel this offseason appears to have made that role up for grabs for now. Cook went 10 of 21 for 82 yards while Manuel had an efficient 10-of-12 throwing night for 102 yards.
Oakland (-3) wins, 24-20.
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