National Football League: Week 1 Preseason DET vs. OAK
Detroit Lions at Oakland Raiders August 10, 2018- 10:30 PM ET (NFLN) Oakland Alameda Coliseum, Oakland, CA
Late night NFL preseason action will take us out to the Bay Area as the Detroit Lions and Oakland Raiders will do battle in a matchup at the Coliseum on Friday that has the following NFL Odds from our top-rated sportsbooks;
The current public NFL consensus is in favor of Lions with a +135
Coming off a 9-7 season, the Lions under new head coach Matt Patricia will be seeking to get back to postseason football as they will battle for the division crown in the NFC Central. With their field general Matthew Stafford ready to have another big year throwing the ball, he will have some help in the backfield with newcomers LeGarrette Blount and Kerryon Johnson.
The QB backup position will be between Jake Rudock and Matt Cassel as we should get plenty of looks from them this preseason. And, while the offense should be able to move the ball, the success of this team may come down to the defense as there are plenty of key positions that will need to be filled.
For Oakland… Chucky is back! Will the 2018 Raiders find success and be able to get over the hump with new head coach Jon Gruden back on the sidelines after years in the broadcasting booth? We shall see, but the 2018 Silver and Black is expected to be a much better football team following a disappointing 6 win season in 2017.
Team leader Derek Carr is healthy as he will look to regain his form, but the good news is, he will have plenty of weapons to choose from with receivers Martavis Bryant, Jordy Nelson and Amari Cooper all eager to put up some big numbers.
On defense, the Raiders will have plenty of new faces at the linebacker position that will need to be effective in stopping the ball or they may be in for a long season. I like the makeup of this Oakland team but will Gruden be able to get this team back to glory as they will be in for a dogfight in the AFC West?
Look for what should be an entertaining contest and while we shouldn’t expect much from the starters, I’ll be watching. Going to our best sportsbooks on this DET vs. OAK matchup for sports betting purposes, MyBookie is favoring the Raiders (-3) points over Detroit with BetNow laying the Over/Under at 36.0 total game points scored. Staying with the home team with Chucky calling the shots, I will favor Oakland MINUS the points (-3) to cover the spread over the Lions for the win as my best betting pick for this NFL match.