Seattle Seahawks at Oakland Raiders Preseason NFL Picks & Predictions 8/31/2017
Thursday, August 31, 2017
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The Oakland Raiders host the Seattle Seahawks at Oakland Coliseum on Thursday, August 31, 2017. The opening line for this game has Oakland as 2.5 point favorites. The over/under has been set at 39.5. The Raiders had an over/under record of 12-5-0 and they were 10-7-0 against the spread last year. The Seahawks had an ATS record of 9-9-0 while their over/under record was 10-8-0.
Valuable Seattle Seahawks Betting Trends
The Seattle Seahawks were 10-8-0 against the over/under last season
The Seattle Seahawks were 9-9-0 against the spread last year
Important Oakland Raiders Betting Trends
The Oakland Raiders were 12-5-0 against the over/under last season
The Oakland Raiders were 10-7-0 against the spread last year
Key Seattle Seahawks Injuries
08/25/17 RB C.J. Prosise Groin "?" Sunday vs. Green Bay
08/19/17 T George Fant ACL out for season
07/30/17 DB Deshawn Shead Knee out indefinitely
Key Oakland Raiders Injuries
08/28/17 CB David Amerson Head "?" Sunday vs. Tennessee
08/28/17 FB Jamize Olawale Leg "?" Sunday vs. Tennessee
08/28/17 DB Keith McGill Foot out indefinitely
07/30/17 LB Aldon Smith Suspension out indefinitely
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Seattle Seahawks ran for 1,591 yards as a team last year, which ranked 25th in the NFL. They ran 403 times, averaging 3.9 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The Seahawks were penalized on offense 117 times for 970 yards last season, which had them 7th in the league in penalties. They were 19th in the NFL in points scored with 354. They ran 1,012 plays last season for 5,715 yards, which ranked them 12th in the league in total offense. The Seahawks averaged 5.6 yards per play, which was 15th in the National Football League. As a team they accumulated a total of 313 1st downs last year, placing them 22nd overall as an offensive unit. Russell Wilson averaged 7.7 yards per pass attempt and 12.0 yards per completion last season. He completed 353 passes on 546 attempts for a completion percentage of 64.7%. His QBR last year was 63.2 while is quarterback rating was 92.6. He threw for 4,219 yards.
The Seahawks rush defense allowed 441 attempts for 1,487 yards last year, putting them in 7th place in the league against the run. Seattle committed 103 penalties for 925 yards on the defensive side of the ball last season. That ranked them 16th in the NFL. They gave up a score on 28.3% of possessions on defense, which was 3rd in the league. They were 3rd in the league in points allowed on defense with 292. They surrendered a total of 5,099 yards on D, which was 5th in the NFL. The Seahawks were ranked 4th in yards per play allowed with 5. Their pass defense gave up 6.2 net yards per pass attempt, placing them 15th in the league as a unit. Opposing offenses completed 331 passes on 537 attempts against the Seattle Seahawks defense last season, placing them 6th and 5th in the National Football League. The Seattle pass defense also gave up a total of 3,612 yards through the air, which was 8th overall in total pass defense.
Special Teams Stats
The Seattle Seahawks attempted 37 field goals last season and made 33, which was 6th in the National Football League. Their kickers had a field goal percentage of 89.2%. Seattle Seahawks kickers made 83% of their extra points, going 29 for 35 last year. Their punters totaled 3,126 yards on 72 punts, averaging 30 yards per punt. That placed them 27th in the NFL in punting average. Seattle was ranked 17th in the league in punt returns last season with 30. They accumulated 249 punt return yards and averaged 8.3 yards per return, which was 18th in the NFL. Their longest punt return last year was 62 yards. They returned 35 kicks for 808 yards on special teams, ranking 12th in kick return yardage. The Seahawks averaged 23.1 yards per kick return and had a long of 46 yards last year. They were 8th in the league in all-purpose yards with 7,070.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Oakland Raiders were 7th in the National Football League in points scored with 416 last year. They ran 1,048 plays for 5,973 yards, which ranked them 6th in the NFL in total offense. The Raiders averaged 5.7 yards per play, which was 10th in the league. As a team they accumulated a total of 333 1st downs last season, ranking them 13th overall as an offensive unit. On the ground Oakland ran for 1,922 yards as a unit, which ranked 6th in the league. They ran 434 times, averaging 4.4 yards per rush as a unit. The Raiders were penalized on offense 147 times for 1,247 yards last year, which had them 1st in the NFL in penalties. Derek Carr passed for 3,937 yards last year. He completed 357 throws while attempting 560 passes for a completion percentage of 63.8%. His quarterback rating last season was 96.7 and his QBR was 62.1. He averaged 11.0 yards per completion and 7.0 yards per pass attempt.
Oakland was 20th in the NFL in points surrendered on defense last year with 385. They gave up a total of 6,001 yards on D, which was 26th in the league. The Raiders were 32nd in yards per play allowed with 6.1. Their pass defense allowed 7.3 net yards per pass attempt, ranking them 32nd in the National Football League. Opponent offenses completed 328 throws on 541 attempts against the Oakland defense last season, ranking them 5th and 6th in the league. The Oakland Raiders pass defense also surrendered a total of 4,120 yards in the air, which was 24th overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense gave up 421 attempts for 1,881 yards last season, putting them in 23rd place in the NFL against the run. The Raiders had 115 penalties for 1,062 yards on defense last year. That placed them 30th in the league. They allowed a score on 35.3% of possessions on defense, which was 17th in the NFL.
Special Teams Stats
Oakland was 4th in the NFL in punt returns with 41 last year. They totaled 380 punt return yards and averaged 9.3 yards per return, which was 11th in the league. Their longest punt return last season was 47 yards. They returned 26 kicks for 534 yards on special teams, placing them 26th in kick return yardage. The Raiders averaged 20.5 yards per kick return and had a long of 50 yards last season. They were 12th in the National Football League in all-purpose yards with 6,973. The Oakland Raiders tried 35 field goals last season and made 29, which was 10th in the league. Their kickers had a FG percentage of 82.9%. Oakland kickers made 95% of their extra points, going 37 for 39 last season. Their punters accumulated 3,938 yards on 81 punts, averaging 41 yards per punt. That ranked them 1st in the NFL in punting average.
Who will win tonight's Seahawks/Raiders NFL game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Seahawks +2.5
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