NFL Preseason Week 2 Raiders vs Packers Odds Analysis

Posted by Peter Boysen on August 16, 2016 in

The Oakland Raiders went down to Phoenix in Week 1 of the 2016 preseason and delivered a 31-10 thumping to the defending NFC West champs. Can they head to storied Lambeau Field and beat the favorites to win the NFC North this year? The talented duo of Derek Carr and Amari Cooper have opposing secondaries sweating, and it’s not like Green Bay was great against the pass last year. Check out this NFL betting preview of this matchup of two of the league’s most glorious franchises.

NFL Preseason Week 2 Raiders vs Packers Odds Analysis

When: Thursday, August 18, 2016, 8:00pm ET
Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI
WTMJ Green Bay / 95.7 FM The Game Oakland
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NFL Odds: Green Bay -3

Why should you bet on the Packers?


The Packers knocked off the upstart Cleveland Browns by six in their preseason opener, and they didn’t even need to put starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers, wide receivers Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson, or linebackers Julius Peppers and Clay Matthews on the field to do it. The Browns had their starting offense on the field in the first quarter, featuring Robert Griffin III, but he just went 4 for 8 against the Pack with a pick. Kicker Mason Crosby impressed with a pair of 54-yard field goals, and it was undrafted rookie Joe Callahan impressing at quarterback, with a big touchdown pass to seal the win. The Raiders are ahead of where the Browns are now, but if the Packers even play their starters for a quarter (let alone a half), they should be able to get a couple of scores.


Why should you put your money on Oakland?


That 31-10 score from Week 1 is a little deceiving — at least with starters on starters — because Derek Carr and Carson Palmer led their respective offenses to a pair of matching field goals to start the first quarter. It was Oakland backup Matt McGloin who tossed a pair of scoring passes during the first quarter, thanks to a pair of turnovers by Arizona about 30 seconds apart. However, it is often the battle of the backups that determines how these preseason games turn out, and the Raiders have a lot to prove in the AFC West — while the Packers are just trying to sort out their rosters for the regular season.


Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction


Home teams really seem to dominate the preseason, but I like the Raiders to take the game to the Packers, and I like their backups to play hungrier for the second straight week. I’m predicting a 27-17 win for the Greatness.