The NFL betting odds for this game favor the Seahawks at -6.5, with a total of 36.5. After all of the struggles the Raiders have been having, will they be able to go on the road and beat the Hawks without their starters, or will Seattle once again improve their impressive preseason record under Pete Carroll?
The Raiders lost a higher scoring affair to the Bears this past week, and it was not pretty. Matt Flynn threw two interceptions and was pulled for Terrelle Pryor of all people. Now it seems as if there is an open competition for quarterback in Oakland, only 10 days until their first real game. Things are not going well at all in Oakland, and I would suspect it to carry over into this preseason game, and the season.
On the other hand, the Hawks won again in Week 3, beating the Packers 17-10. Young Russell Wilson played into the 3rd quarter, but against a much tougher Packers defense, he did not play as well as the weeks prior. He was 11/17 with 2 interceptions during the game, and Brady Quinn had the lone passing touchdown for the Hawks. Quinn will likely get the majority of playing time in this contest, and that has to favor Seattle. If Quinn can play steadily in this one against the backups of the Raiders, the Hawks won’t miss much, even with their starters not in the game.
If the Raiders use this game to finalize who their starting quarterback will be, I find it hard to believe they can cover this contest. Both Pryor and Flynn have looked less than desirable, and it could be leading to yet another long season in Oakland and another ATS loss.
Carroll’s preseason ambitions
Someone might want to let Carroll know that the preseason doesn’t count, because he has been playing it to win ever since taking over in Seattle. Carroll is 3-0 SU this preseason, and throughout his career in Seattle, he is 10-5 SU. Even without the help of his starters in this game, the Hawks are deep enough and tough enough to cover a larger preseason spread against the Raiders, and that’s why I’m laying the points with the Hawks for my sports picks.
Carroll is 2-1 SU in Week 4 of the preseason so far in his career, and with the experience Quinn brings to the quarterback position in this game, I find it hard to believe the Hawks will not cover against a team whose 1st string has looked horrible, let alone the guys behind them.
The Sharp Pick
Oakland’s defense may be the worst in the NFL this season too. They have given up an average of 338 yards of total offense per game this preseason, (which is pretty bad for the preseason considering the starters don’t play the whole game) and the Hawks offense might be the best they have seen, even though the starters aren’t going to play. With Carroll’s preseason credentials, and the Raiders’ lack of fluency on offense and defense, I feel comfortable laying the points with Seattle here, for my NFL picks.football message boards!