NFL Betting: Preseason Game – Seahawks vs Raiders Preview
After an eventful offseason, the Seattle Seahawks will start their 2021 preseason campaign on Saturday as they travel to Las Vegas to take on the Raiders at Allegiant Stadium. Russell Wilson had threatened to leave Seattle in the offseason, but it looks as though he and the Seahawks have patched up their differences. Let’s take a closer look at both teams so you can place your bets against their NFL Preseason odds.
Seattle Seahawks vs Las Vegas Raiders Betting Preview
Seattle Seahawks Preview
Wilson will lead the Seahawks into battle this season. Seattle is looking to make another playoff run. They finished 12-4 last season, winning the NFC West. With Wilson back, a healthy Chris Carson, and one of the best receiving duos in the league in DK Metcalf and Kevin Lockett, it looks as though Seattle is primed to make another playoff run.
The main issue for the Seahawks will be on the defensive side of the ball. Safety Jamal Adams has been having a contract dispute with the Seahawks. Since Seattle traded lots of future picks to acquire Adams, it has been hard for them to retool their defense. They lost their starting corners in free agency, so they’ll need to take a look at their cornerback situation in training camp.
Seattle will need to score a lot of points and will need Bobby Wagner to help anchor their defense if they want to get back to their playoffs. We’ll see if the hiring of a new offensive coordinator will open up their offense and let Wilson throw the ball downfield more.
Las Vegas Raiders Preview
After going 8-8 last season, the Raiders are looking to get into the playoffs this season. The Raiders started last season 6-3 and looked like they were making a breakthrough, but then they collapsed at the end of the season, finishing 2-5 down the stretch.
Derek Carr will be back under center for the Raiders. He’ll be joined by Josh Jacobs and free agent acquisition Kenyan Drake in the backfield. Henry Ruggs III and free agent pickup John Brown will lead the receiving corps.
This group could be an underwhelming crew, so look for Jon Gruden to look for some help when players start getting cut. Darren Waller is one of the best tight ends in the league, and Carr will target him aplenty. Waller caught almost 1200 yards worth of passes last season.
Defensively, the Raiders were one of the worst units in the league last season. They were the 30th rated defense in the league to end the season. The Raiders struggled getting to the quarterback and had a very difficult time stopping the run. They did sign some free agents to help stabilize the defense, but this unit is still far from being a dominant group.
Jon Gruden could be on the hot seat this season. He has yet to turn around the franchise like he promised to do when he was hired by the Davis family. We’ll see how long his leash is this season.
We’re not sure how much of the starting units we’ll see in this one. The Raiders are 1.5 point favorites, as they are the home team. It may not be pretty at times, but it’ll be great to see some football again.