Packers vs. Raiders Point Spread: NFL Pre-Season Week 3 Odds, Prediction

Sports Interaction Staff | Updated Aug 20, 2019

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Exciting times for Canadian NFL fans as the Green Bay Packers head north to play the Oakland Raiders in Winnipeg, Manitoba this Thursday.

Green Bay
13-3
AT
August 22, 2019, 8:00 PM ET
IG Field
Las Vegas
7-9
Pointspread -1 -106
Moneyline -113
Over / Under o +39.5
Pointspread +1 -114
Moneyline -107
Over / Under u +39.5

This is the 12th time that the Packers and Raiders have played each other in the preseason, the most recent time being last season. This game could be a fun one for Winnipeg fans who may get to see Aaron Rodgers take the snap a few times and see Antonio Brown suit up for Oakland.

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

Green Bay Packers v Oakland Raiders

Pointspread
  • Oakland Raiders -114 +1
  • Green Bay Packers -106 -1

Halfway through the preseason, the Packers have split their matchups, falling to the Ravens 26-13 last week. The Raiders are doing well, going 2-0 so far with wins against the Rams and the Cardinals.

Thursday marks the third time that Green Bay has played a preseason game outside the United States. The Packers defeated the Bills 35-3 in Toronto on August 16, 1997 and beat Kansas City 27-24 in overtime in Tokyo on August 2, 1998.

Green Bay Packers

Will we finally see franchise quarterback Aaron Rodgers hit the field for few snaps in Week 3 of the preseason? Cheeseheads are hoping so. Last season was a bit of a write-off for Rodgers as he spent most of it struggling through injury. It didn’t help that he wasn’t getting much protection. In his 16 starts, the Bad Man was sacked 49 times. Green Bay has spent much of the offseason trying to remedy that glaring issue, and they’ve drafted and traded specifically to give Rodgers a little more time in the pocket.

In order to make Rodgers happier, the team gave Mike McCarthy the boot, which puts all the pressure to get along with Aaron Rodgers into the hands of new head coach Matt LaFleur, who is only a few years older than his star quarterback.

Green Bay’s biggest issues in the last couple years, years in which they failed to make the playoffs, aren’t all Rodgers-related. The Packers defence has been weak, ranking 22nd against the run and 22nd overall. Mike Pettine has a lot to fix. Last week, the defense looked shaky, so the hope is that the starting defensive players will be a lot more impressive when the regular season in underway. Eyes are still on the backup quarterback contest as well. Last week Tim Boyle completed 12-of-21 passes for 107 yards.

Oakland Raiders

The Packers aren’t the only team in this game who’ve had major defense problems. Oakland struggled to protect Derek Carr last season, and not only that, they had a hard time giving him anyone reliable to throw to. So, the Raiders went to work in the offseason, signing All-Pro wideout and troublemaker Antonio Brown, as well as OG Trent Brown. Those gains came with a couple big losses for Oakland however, with the departure of Marshawn Lynch and Jared Cook.

Jon Gruden was considering his changed roster when he drafted Alabama running back Josh Jacobs. Jacobs has played well so far this preseason and is expected to play when the regular season starts.

Two backup quarterbacks are in the mix to be Carr’s backup this season. Mike Glennon completed 11 of 14 passes for 175 yards and two touchdowns, while Nathan Peterman went 8 for 8 for 41 yards as they both compete for the role.

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