The Los Angeles Rams ended the 2018 NFL season with bitter tastes in their mouth following an embarrassing performance at Super Bowl 53. There’s no way but up for the Rams now, as they take on the Oakland Raiders in an intriguing preseason battle at the Oakland Coliseum. The Rams are +1000 to win Super Bowl 54, while the Raiders are +1400 to win the AFC West.
Betting Preview for the Los Angeles Rams vs Oakland Raiders NFL Preseason Week 1 Game on August 10, 2019
Where: Oakland Coliseum, Oakland,
When: Saturday, August 9, 2019, 8:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Betting on Los Angeles Rams (0-0)
A knee issue is going to prevent Rams star running back Todd Gurley from participating in preseason games this year. In other words, Los Angeles will be using a combination of Malcolm Brown John Kelly, Justin Davis, and Darrell Henderson. Of those tailbacks, Henderson appears to be the most intriguing, with the Rams taking him in the third round of this year’s NFL Draft as part of an insurance plan in case Gurley’s knee acts up. Jared Goff is not also expected to play, so there’s a chance that Blake Bortles will make his debut in Rams uniform this coming Saturday. Also set to see action are Brandon Allen and John Wolford, who could be battling for the No.3 QB role. The Rams improved their defense over the offseason by signing Eric Weddle and Clay Matthews, though, they pretty much know what they’re getting from those veterans so much as there’s no need to get them to play against the Raiders. Instead, rookie safety Taylor Rapp, cornerback David Long, and tackle Bobby Evansm will see plenty of defensive snaps in Oakland.
The Rams are 2-1 against the spread (ATS) in their last three preseason games.
Betting on Oakland Raiders (0-0)
Without a doubt, the Raiders’ biggest offseason acquisition is wide receiver Antonio Brown, the former Pittsburgh Steelers star. Brown is not made for preseason games, so he’ll not be there on the field against the Rams. But even if he wanted to, he’ll be held back by a foot issue he recently sustained. The Raiders also welcomed Nathan Peterman to their team. Peterman was a mess last season with the Buffalo Bills. He was an interception machine, but will now be a reclamation project for Jon Gruden, who will be seen as nothing short of a miracle worker if he managed to turn Peterman into at least a decent third-string quarterback for the Raiders. Oakland currently has Mike Glennon as the main backup to starter Derek Carr.
The Raiders are 2-0 ATS in their last two preseason games at home.
Rams win, 17-14.
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