Rams @ Raiders Free NFL Preseason Betting Pick.

Date: Saturday. August 10, 2019

Venue: RingCentral Coliseum. Oakland, California.

Time: 8:00 PM EST.

Betting Line: 4’/Total 36′.

The Local Network will broadcast the game.

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Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay enters his third season wit ha Superbowl appearance under his belt as a point of reference moving forward. The Thirty-three year old learned a lot about preparing for a big-game after their 13-3 Super Bowl LIII loss to New England. Starting quarterback Jared Goff probably won’t see action tonight, neither will running back Todd Gurley. They’re excited to see the production of rookie Darrell Henderson who’s been struggling in practice. An impressive performance tonight could move him up the depth chart. Blake Bortles will take plenty of snaps under center in his first season as a Ram.

Defensive tackle Aaron Donald will sit as will Michael Brockers. Both are too important to risk injury in a meaningless game. Clay Matthews III returns home after spending the majority of his career in Green Bay. The Los Angeles Rams went 2-2 in the 2018 preseason and the coaching staff wants to see who’s worthy of making the 53-man regular-season roster.

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Bovada.Lv list the Los Angeles Rams win total at Ten games for 2019.

Raiders Owner Mark Davis will load up the equipment for Las Vegas in January 2020 which leaves one season for the faithful in the Easy Bay to enjoy Raiders Football. They just watch the NBA Golden State Warrior move from across the street to downtown San Francisco. Head coach Jon Gruden believes his team will make it a successful farewell season for fans. They’ve been on the HBO series Hard Knocks which aired earlier this week where everyone can watch Grudenwork his charm with the media. Antonio Brown is already causing drama which looks like a scene from a movie than football. However, fans of the Silver and Black will get a chance to see top draft picks Clelin Ferrell, and Josh Jacobs.

Number twenty-seven overall pick Johnathan Abram has already recognized the circus-like atmosphere and isn’t shying away from the spotlight. The safety could get a reality show out of the deal. Gruden drafted three Clemson Tigers and he’ll do his best to get the football to Hunter Renfrow. The wideout looks to be a reliable target in the passing attack alongside Brown who’s in Miami while his feet heal. Beside his helmet fiasco has been headlines around the league.

This Sports Handicapper is on the Raiders-4′, how can it be anything else the last year at the Coliseum.

Bovada.Lv list the Oakland Raiders win total at six games for 2019.

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Denver Broncos @ Oakland Raiders. Week 16 NFL Betting Preview for Monday, December 24, 2018.

Written by National Football League Expert Analyst Charlie Red McDougall.

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The (6-8) SU, (6-7-1) ATS Denver Broncos have dropped their last two SU/ATS. The most recent a 17-16 defeat at the hands of Cleveland as 1 point home FAVORITES ATS which knocked them out of playoff contention.

Denver will miss the postseason for the second consecutive season but with a victory tonight and next week they can finish .500.

  • Denver is 4-1 ATS their last five on the road.
  • The UNDER is 3-0-1 Denver last four vs. AFC West opponents.
  • UNDER bettors have made a profit the last four between the teams.
  • The FAVORITE is 10-2-1 ATS the last thirteen times they’ve played.

The (3-11) SU, (5-9) ATS Oakland Raiders lost to Cincinnati 30-16 last week as 3 point road UNDERDOGS ATS. Monday’s contest could be the last time the Raiders play in Oakland, and it only fits it’s against a longtime rival.

It’s been a disappointing season for fans in the East Bay with departures of Khalil Mack (Bears) and Amari Cooper (Cowboys).

  • UNDER bettors have cashed in 3 of Oakland last five at home.
  • The UNDER is 6-1-1 Oakland last eight games in December.
  • The Raiders are 2-5 ATS their last seven in December.
  • Oakland is 1-4 AGAINST THE POINT SPREAD their last five vs. Team with a losing record.

Kickoff will be Monday, December 24, 2018. Game time is at 8:15 PM EST at the Coliseum in Oakland, California. The ESPN Television Network will be broadcasting.

The Betting Line has Oakland at 13 point home UNDERDOGS AGAINST THE POINT SPREAD. The TOTAL is 42 points for Monday’s contest.

Don’t tell Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph there’s nothing at stake tonight between the two rivals. While Raiders coach Jon Gruden signed a ten year $100 million contract, Joseph needs to finish strong to try to keep his job.

The lone bright spot for the Broncos this season has been the production of rookie free agent running back Phillip Lindsey (991) rushing yards and was voted to the pro bowl. The University of Colorado product needs nine yards to get to 1,000 and gaining 114 would break the record for an undrafted rookie. It could happen against a Raiders defense that ranks last in the NFL allowing (146.4) yards per game on the ground.

Quarterback Case Keenum (3,396) passing yards has thrown 12 interceptions in his first season in the Mile High City. Denver holds the 13 overall draft pick as of today, and General Manager John Elway could be looking for a franchise signal caller.

Von Miller is the leader of a solid Broncos defense that allows opponents (21.4) ppg. They’re solid at all three levels. Denver allows (378.1) total yards per contest which is 15th in the league while the secondary is 3rd in defense-adjusted value over average (DOVA).

A key to a Denver win tonight is to establish a running game, but Joseph will do whatever to keep his job.

Bovada.Lv list the Denver Broncos at seven total wins for the win the 2018-19 season, two win makes a profit for those who went OVER.

Who knows how Raider nation will show up tonight for their final game at the Coliseum, don’t forget they’ve seen it before when Al Davis moved them to Los Angeles before returning to the East Bay.

Owner mark David recently fired General manager Reggie McKenzie making things more complicated in a dismal 2018 season. Fans haven’t boycotted nor have their been picket signs outside of the stadium, but when they traded Khalil Mack, the writing was on the wall. Jon Gruden has been the fall guy in this fiasco but who can blame him; he’s got the go-ahead to built the franchise the way he desires.

The bright spot in the season came in a December 9th home upset of Pittsburgh as 10′ point UNDERDOGS ATS. In week two this season Oakland let a twelve point lead slip away in a 20-19 loss to Denver as 5′ point road UNDERDOGS AGAINST THE POINT SPREAD.

Quarterback Derek Carr (3,697) passing yards has played well since the week seven bye mostly because he’s cut down on turnovers. Oakland averages (343.9) total yards per game but they’re familiar with the Denver defense. Tight end Jared Cook (848) receiving yards is the main weapon in the passing attack.

Emotion will either make or break the Raiders tonight in front of an environment which could resemble a funeral.

Bovada.Lv, list the Oakland Raiders at 7′ total wins for the win the 2018-19 season, UNDER bettors win as Oakland struggles to get to 4 or 5.

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Oakland Raiders at Miami Dolphins Week 3, 2018 NFL Betting Preview.

Written by National Football League Expert Analyst Bobby Wallace.

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Sunday’s kickoff will be 1:00 PM EST at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. The CBS Television Network will be broadcasting. The Betting Line has Oakland as a three-point road underdog against the point spread. The betting odds total is forty-four and a half points for Sunday’s contest.

Jon Gruden probably wishes he would’ve handled the Khalil Mack situation a bit different but the former ESPN analyst sticks to his guns and believes if a player isn’t in training camp he’s not dependable. Quarterback Derek Carr engineers a unit that puts up 384 yards per game on 6.3 yards per play. Last week the former Fresno State standout completed 29 of 32 passes for 288 yards with a touchdown. As good a the Raiders are on offense the UNDER is 5-0 the previous five against the AFC, but the last five vs. Miami has gone OVER the total. Oakland native Marshawn Lynch aka BEAST MODE is showing signs of slowing down last week he ran for 65 yards on 18 carries.

The Raider defense isn’t the same without Mack, and it shows as they’re allowing opponents 375 yards per game with very little pressure on quarterbacks. However, they shouldn’t have much of a problem with the Miami offense that doesn’t sustain drives. Oakland must keep the Dolphins defense on the field in what should be humid weather conditions. Bovada.Lv, list the Oakland Raiders at +4,000 to win the 2018-19 AFC Crown.

Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase got rid of locker room distractions in the offseason by sending Mike Pouncey, Jarvis Landry, and Ndamukong Suh packing. The results have been positive, but for how long? Future first ballot hall of fame and South Florida native Frank Gore was brought in for leadership; he’s still get something in the tank. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill doesn’t scare opponents, but he’s solid. Week three is where Miami shows their true colors, 0-4 ATS their last four. The OVER is 4-0 their last four vs. A team with a losing SU record.

Coming off of 6-10 campaign in 2017 they decided to draft safety Minkah Fitzpatrick from the University of Alabama, and he’s already showing a level of maturity needed in a culture change. Former Rams standout Robert Quinn is an elite pass rusher who is teaming with Cameron Wake but can they stop a prolific Raider passing attack Sunday? Miami has performed very well against Oakland over the past decade but Sunday will be different as Gruden who resides near Tampa will show family members why he returned to the sideline. Bovada.Lv, list the Miami Dolphins at +400 to win the 2018-19 AFC East Title.

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Raiders, Broncos, What’s old is new again

Raiders, Broncos, What’s old is new again

Last week in this space, I looked at the Chargers/Chiefs tilt. The smart money was on Phillip Rivers and co but Andy Reid’s group dumbed it down.

This week, a few good rivalries pop up on the calendar. The Cincinnati Bengals sent the Baltimore Ravens to the Rue Morgue on Thursday night. In the early Sunday games, divisional matchups include the Dolphins and Jets.

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Whenever this one rolls around, I always remember the Dan Marino Clock Play in 1994, when he faked spiking the ball then threw a perfect ball underneath to Mark Ingram with the final seconds draining in the fourth quarter for a comeback win.

The Vikings and Packers, Panthers and Falcons also hook up, not to mention a Texans/Titans meeting between new and old Houston franchises. In the late games, the Cardinals and Rams conduct some West Coast business before the Giants’ Sunday Night visit to a Cowboys side who shot themselves in the foot last week.

Since childhood, I’ve favoured AFC West tilts, however. That’s because I was always sent outside to play on Sundays with instructions to

  1. Have fun
  2. Be back before dark
  3. But not until just before dark.
  4. Never you mind why.

Rules three and four relaxed a little when my mother became pregnant with my sister but as dusk fell around 5pm during southern Ontario winters, West Coast games were the ones I saw most often. Except for the Rams, the NFC West was a lost cause in the 70s, but the AFC West was filled with great teams, even when the Seahawks joined the mix.

I used to root for the Raiders. They had a cool Snake at quarterback long before Kurt Russell hit the theatres in Escape from New York. Mark van Eeghen was a great rushing fullback who paved the way until Marcus Allen arrived. That was before the 49ers began teaching their blocking backs to catch passes. Dave Casper was a brilliant tight end who could do no wrong, even when he fumbled on the goal line. Fred Biletnikoff could catch anything Ken Stabler threw in his direction. So could Lester the Molester Hayes with respect to opposing QBs. I wore his jersey and kept asking the local Canadian Tire to stock Stickum in the sports department even after the league banned it.

To Lester Hayes' delight, the Raiders' clubhouse had no signs stating employees must wash their hands before returning to work.

To Lester Hayes’ delight, the Raiders’ clubhouse had no signs stating employees must wash their hands before returning to work.

The Broncos were a tough side even before John Elway arrived. An ageing Craig Morton took them to their first Super Bowl humiliation against the Cowboys but the Raiders always won theirs when they made it to the big dance.

Things change over the course of a lifetime. Al Davis’ defiance turned into bitterness. The Raiders lost a Super Bowl to former coach Jon Gruden. People point to Marcus Allen’s defection but drafting Todd Marinovich was the beginning of the end. JaMarcus Russell merely confirmed the team’s mediocrity. Even a second turn from Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken in Escape from LA couldn’t help.

Recent seasons brought hope. Derek Carr has an arm when healthy. Management doesn’t inspire, though. Bringing back Gruden to coach after a decade in the booth and Marshawn Lynch following a year in retirement isn’t long-term thinking.

Week 1 proved woeful for the Silver and Black. Carr threw three interceptions. Lynch was limited to just 11 carries for 41 yards when the team began chasing the game. Jared Goff and the Rams picked the defense apart. Chucky needs to turn things around before Mark Davis decides to replace him with Jennifer Tilly.

All’s fair in love and football.

Denver’s management is another story. John Elway knows what he’s doing. After rotating through Trevor Siemian, Brock Osweiler and Paxton Lynch following Peyton Manning’s retirement, the team president settled on career backup Case Keenum, this season. The move paid dividends against the Seahawks in Week 1. Keenum threw for over 300 yards and three touchdowns to eke out a 27-24 victory. Emmanuel Thomas was the main target with 10 catches for 135 yards and a score. Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman split the rushing duties down the middle. Each had 15 carries for 71 yards.

The game was close in part because Keenum also matched Derek Carr with three interceptions. Denver coach Vance Joseph expects that to change in Week 2 but expect Gruden’s front seven to pressure Keenum, testing his resilience. Von Miller and the Broncos defense will be hunting Carr, as well.

Running backs pounding the ball. Quarterbacks airing it out. Defensive ends sacking them or forcing bad passes. Cornerbacks picking them off. This game should be an AFC West renaissance fair. I plan to dress the part. With a few alterations, I can still squeeze into that Lester Hayes jersey. I bet I can even find some Stickum on eBay.

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2018-19 Oakland Raiders looks to give the loyal fanbase a remarkable season under Gruden.

Written by National Football League Expert Analyst Charlie Red McDougall.

Charliessports.com produces it for Football Betting. NFL Predictions are the best in the industry and will continue through the Superbowl in February of 2019. It’s been twenty-five years since the Raiders returned to the East Bay and emotions are running high with a planned relocation to Las Vegas. Fans at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum support their team unlike any in Football, decorated in Raider apparel on any given Sunday. Owner Mark Davis fired Jack Del Rio at the conclusion of the 2017 season; his replacement is fifty-four year old Jon Gruden. Raider nation remembers their new head coach as they architect of a Tampa Bay team that destroyed their Raiders 48-21 in Super bowl XXXVII. After making the postseason in 2016-17 expectations were  through the roof last year, can Gruden get the silver and black to the promiseland?

Quarterback Derek Carr led their eighteenth-ranked offense last season with (3,496) yards passing with double interceptions the previous season. First-year offensive coordinator Greg Olson is thrilled to have a chance to make some corrections in Carr’s mechanics; he did a masterful job with Jared Goff as quarterbacks coach with the Los Angeles Rams last year. Running Back Marshawn Lynch led one of the worst ground game in the NFL with 891 yards rushing, former Tampa Bay star Doug Martin could supplant “Beast Mode” entering the season. To strengthen things up front, Gruden drafted offensive tackle Kolton Miller with the fifteenth overall pick in 2018. All-Pro guard Kelechi Osemele will anchor a unit that must get better in both run blocking and pass protecting. Wide Receiver Amari Cooper also took a step back after making the pro-bowl his first two seasons mostly due to being double-teamed. Martavis Bryant was signed to the roster, but his conduct could determine if he stays in Oakland, Gruden’s ability to deal with troubled players could help Bryant. The bottom line is Oakland’s offense needed a new look, and they will compete in every game in 2018-19.

Forty-six-year-old Paul Guenther spent the last three years in Cincinnati with the same title and now joins Gruden’s staff, it will be different from Marvin Lewis. The Raiders defense allowed opponents (350.1) total yards per contest last year, and their pass defense ranked twenty-sixth out of thirty-two teams. All-Pro defensive End Khalil Mack has to help the secondary out but getting more pressure of the quarterback this season and Guenther will devise schemes to maximize Mack’s talent. Former Seattle standout Bruce Irvin could be the odd man out with a new staff doing things differently. Defensive tackle Mario Edwards Jr. Is getting better with each snap of the football and, former Chiefs star Derrick Johnson will help the maturation process of a young group of linebackers. 2017 first round draft pick Gareon Conley along with hard-hitting safety Karl Joseph fit Gruden’s style perfectly, and veteran Reggie Nelson has familiarity from his time in Cincinnati. The Raider defense will be aggressive and will play with discipline. Bovada.Lv, list the Oakland Raiders at 11/4 to win the 2018-19 American Football Conference West Division Title.

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Would you hand the keys to the Oakland Raiders to Jon Gruden after 10 years in the booth?

Would you hand the keys to the Oakland Raiders to Jon Gruden after 10 years in the booth?

I could write a doctoral thesis on how professional sports warn us what can happen when a democracy eschews compromise and governance for polarised idealists competing in a blatant power grab. Instead, I’ll talk about how new Oakland [soon to be Las Vegas] Raiders coach, Jon Gruden, is consolidating his power within the organisation.

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There is no room for democracy in sports. Some teams have tried with draft-by-committee policies. Others have even had co-head coaches or managers. It never works.

The most successful teams are led by one man’s vision. Bill Belichick is the most obvious contemporary example. He follows in Tom Landry and Don Shula’s shoes, not just coaching on the field but making personnel decisions, his fingerprints on every aspect of New England Patriots football.

Autocratic rule exists in all sports. Everything went through Tony LaRussa with baseball’s St Louis Cardinals. Pat Riley has long been the man with the Miami Heat. In soccer, Sir Alex Ferguson was Manchester United for a quarter-century. All the best to the retired Scot after the shocking news of his brain aneurysm.

Riley’s move up to the Heat front office shows the coach isn’t always the driving force. Sometimes it goes even higher. Owners like Jerry Jones, as well as the late George Steinbrenner and Al Davis in the Bronx and Oakland respectively, can keep their iron hands on a club’s day-to-day operations.

Mark Davis, who took over for his father in 2011, prefers to focus on the business side. Gruden is the fifth coach during his reign, succeeding Hue Jackson, Dennis Allen, Tony Sparano, and Jack Del Rio. Sparano coached the final 12 games in 2014 as the interim replacement for Allen.

There were five other coaches under Al Davis who followed Gruden’s original three-season tenure: Bill Callahan, Norv Turner, Lane Kiffin, Art Shell, and Tom Cable. Save for Shell, none were the typical “Raiders’ family” men the elder Davis had long preferred. Nor did any impress as more than a head coach.

Gruden’s original stint ended in unusual circumstances that may have colored his approach upon returning 17 years later. He didn’t quit. He wasn’t fired. Instead, after the team lost three games down the stretch in his final season, and were eliminated by the Patriots in the playoffs courtesy the notorious “Tuck Rule,” Davis traded him to Tampa Bay for two draft picks each in the first and second rounds and $8 million.

The Buccaneers had failed to recruit their top three candidates, Steve Spurrier, Bill Parcells, and Steve Mariucci, after firing Tony Dungy for his inability to win the big game. Chucky did that for them in his first season, knocking off his former Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII. He wasn’t able to replicate that success in following seasons, in part because the Bucs endured salary cap and free agent issues. He was fired in 2008, after ending the season with four losses.

For the past decade, Gruden has worked in television, never ruling out a return to coaching under the right circumstances. A ten-year, $100 million contract would be the right circumstance for just about anyone. Even so, the coach took his time before accepting an offer. Mark Davis reportedly spent six years trying to convince Gruden to return.

Imagining Raiders owner negotiating Jon Gruden's 10-year $10 million contract.

Beyond money, Gruden apparently wanted control. If he was going to fail, it wouldn’t be a result of someone else’s personnel decisions. He’s been given that control.

That may be a bitter pill for GM Reggie McKenzie to accept. The former offensive lineman has been calling the shots since 2012.

Since taking charge, Gruden has made some controversial moves. He’s done little to bolster the Raiders subpar defense and has signed veterans rather than younger players in an era when the trend is for teams to draft and sign youth. Most famously, he denigrated the use of analytics in an early interview, saying he would rather throw the game “back to 1998.”

In truth, he hasn’t forsaken the use of data/dayta, as some have suggested. He is saying he wants the numbers to serve his system rather than dictate it. His early statement in the above clip, that he can’t comment on the plays he will run because he hasn’t determined his roster, is telling. He is building a team around the best players he can assemble rather than fitting them into a predetermined system.

Whatever his Raiders eventually look like, however they play, Gruden needs to show improvement early. He must justify the control he has demanded. If he doesn’t, Davis will be hard put to stand by him for longer than one or two seasons at the cost of $10 million/yr.

That is the difference between Gruden and the others. Belichick, Shula, Landry, Riley, Ferguson, they all earned their authority. It wasn’t given to them based on what they had done 16 years prior. Then again, the Raiders have always done things differently. Will that contrary attitude finally work in their favor again?

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