Seahawks Defense Is The Key To Victory For Exhibition Finale

Swinging Johnson

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 8:40 PM UTC

Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016 8:40 PM UTC

The Seahawks travel to the Black Hole in Oakland where they will end their preseason slate against the Raiders. Let’s review the MLB odds and get on the right side of this exhibition finale.

It was another winning week as I was a perfect 3-0 in my NFL picks. We had the Texans -1 over the visiting Cardinals in which Houston came away with a 34-24 victory. In a separate column we had under 45 in the Steelers/Saints (27-14 final) as well the Vikings -4 over the Chargers, in which Minnesota drew away to a 23-10 victory.

Let’s peruse the NFL odds in this fourth and final preseason game between the visiting Seahawks and the hometown Oakland Raiders. After you’re through, don’t forget to take a look at my two other preseason picks here.


Raiders Driving Carr to Success
Scooping Derek “Don’t Call Me David” Carr in the second-round of the 2014 draft was one of the few smart decisions the Raiders have made in recent years. The 25-year-old brother of top pick overall draft bust-out David has seen his star rise in each season and it appears, based on his preseason performances, that his ascension will continue.

While that is all well and good for the Oakland franchise it does virtually nothing for those who intend to back the Raiders in this preseason contest against the vaunted Seattle Seahawks. The chances of Carr getting any real time in this game are slim and none…and Slim just left town. The backups Connor Cook and Matt McGloin have played like, well, backups. There’s nothing to lead me to believe they will suddenly light up the scoreboard against the second-stringers and bubble defensive players of Seattle.


Seattle Defense Looking Sharp
The Seahawks are doing in the preseason what many pundits believe they will do during the regular season and that’s stop opposing offenses cold. Even with their second and third-stringers getting the bulk of the opportunities, the Seahawks have allowed an average of just over 17 points per game. That should come in handy against an offense like Oakland’s that doesn’t want to start without their top unit on the field. Seattle will have plenty of defensive players battling for roster spots and that should only pose more problems for the Oakland offense.


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Seattle Seahawks vs Oakland Raiders  
Let’s face it. All of these preseason finale’s are a bit of a jump ball and particularly so when you consider that many of the starters won’t see any action and the rest will see severely limited playing time. Here we have backup quarterbacks on both sides that have been pedestrian at best and they are supposed to engineer scoring drives that will tip the scales one way or another. I just don’t see it and I’m not sure even my clearest crystal ball can see it either.

I like the Seattle defense here and that’s solely why I am lining up with them despite the fact they will be on the road and in a highly charged, hostile environment. Knocking off a perennial powerhouse like the Seahawks would be a good way to close out the preseason and prepare for Week 1 of the regular season. Perhaps Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio feels the same way and could add a starter or two in the mix just to get the job done. Unlikely, yet possible.

Therefore, we will tread lightly here and rely on the potent Seattle defense to tip the scales in what I see as a stalemate between the two offenses. Let’s grab the points and root in the visitors here.


Free NFL Pick: Seahawks +2 -110
Best Line Offered: at BetOnline 
Swinger's Preseason Record: 7-1-2 (+5.9 units)

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