Los Angeles Rams vs. Oakland Raiders Predictions, Preview, and Odds – 8-10-2019
On Saturday night, The Los Angeles Rams and Oakland Raiders will do battle in this Northern and Southern California Preseason game. Kickoff is set for 8:00 PM ET at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California.
Television-wise, the matchup will be broadcast on KTVU for the Bay Area and KVVU for Vegas.
Rams Ready To Have Target On Their Back
The Rams come into the 2019 season as the defending NFC Champions. Los Angeles had a lot of blowout wins and it led to them having a 13-3 record. Los Angeles also had the best offense in the NFC, thanks to great years from Jared Goff and Todd Gurley.
Goff will probably get a few drives in, but not many, since it’s the first preseason game. Goff had his best year yet in 2018, with 4,688 passing yards, 32 passing touchdowns, and a QB rating of 101.1. It will be interesting to see how Blake Bortles does with his new team. Look for him to get the majority of the snaps in this game and see how he meshes with this great offense.
Now we all know the type of talent the Rams have and they rammed every team last season, except for those pesky, New England Patriots. The Pats showed that if you can smother the LA run game, then good things can happen. The Rams do have a bit more firepower in their receiving core and they will still be one of the best teams in the NFC. Also, guys will be battling for some final roster spots and it may show against an under .500 Raider team.
Raiders Ready For Fresh Start
The Raiders come into the 2019 season looking for a silver lining. (No pun intended with their colors and situation) Last season, Oakland had high hopes with new head coach Jon Gruden, but it all came crashing down pretty fast. A 1-7 start to the season and then eventually finishing 4-12. They also gave up the most points in the AFC with 467.
Derek Carr will get a few drives in, but will mostly be coaching from the sideline. Carr had a decent 2018 season for the Raiders. He had a career-best in passing yards with 4,049 yards and a QB rating of 93.9. However, he only had 19 passing touchdowns and that was a career-low. Some NFL analysts have been on him this offseason and he will slowly look to block out the haters.
Now, of course, the Raiders offense will be way better than last years offense because of the Antonio Brown signing and Carr looked like he was getting his groove back again, towards the end of last season. There are still some holes on defense, but maybe a strong offense can overcome those problems. It’s preseason and the full potential of a team won’t be shown in the first game, but small chunks of greatness can show.
The Raiders have many younger players on their roster and Mike Mayock talked about this.
“Jon and I have had an awful lot of conversations about these kids and the passion for the game and setting the foundation and all of that. When you see the fact that they not only show up in shape, but they only show up and they have their heads in the books, man. When Jon starts going quads empty on the first day and the defensive backs know what the proper adjustment is, it’s pretty cool. That’s what we’re juiced about.”
- Raiders are 9-19-2 ATS in their last 30 games overall.
- 0-8 ATS as faves vs opp. off SU fave loss.
- 1-9 ATS as dogs off DD ATS loss.
Los Angeles is:
- 4-1 in their last 5 games overall
- Head to head, the Rams are 5-0 ATS against the Raiders in their last 5 meetings.