Raiders vs. Rams Point Spread: NFL Pre-Season Week 2 Odds, Prediction

Charlie Grant | Updated Aug 15, 2018

Jon Gruden is back on the sidelines with the Oakland Raiders and looks to improve on his stellar pre-season record on Saturday against the Los Angeles Rams.

Oakland
4-12
AT
August 18, 2018, 4:00 PM ET
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
L.A. Rams
13-3
Pointspread -2.5 -115
Moneyline -145
Over / Under o +39
Pointspread +2.5 -105
Moneyline +125
Over / Under u +39

Aaron Donald and Khalil Mack are two of the best defensive players in the NFL and both players are the talk of their team’s training camp – just not for the right reasons. The Oakland Raiders and Los Angeles Rams play their second pre-season games of the summer with both star players sitting out.

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

Jon Gruden made his return to the sidelines after a nine-year vacation in the broadcasters’ booth. The Raiders won 16-10 last week against the Detroit Lions as 3-point home favourites. The result improved Gruden’s record to 31-16 straight up in 47 career NFL exhibition contests and 7-2 against the spread in his last nine pre-season games. Oddsmakers have the Raiders set as 2.5-point underdogs on the NFL odds board.

The Rams went 2-2 SU and ATS last summer in Sean McVay’s debut season as a head coach in the league. LA kept most of its first-team players glued to the sideline last week in a 33-7 loss to the Baltimore Ravens as a 3-point road underdog. The Under is 4-1 in McVay’s five pre-season matchups and the Rams are averaging 14.6 points in those games.

Oakland Raiders

Oakland is getting solid play from backup quarterback Connor Cook. The former Michigan State QB completed 11 of his 19 pass attempts last week for 141 yards and one touchdown. First-string signal caller Derek Carr played only the first drive for the Raiders last week against Detroit, but is expected to get more snaps against the Rams.

The Raiders are working veteran tackle Donald Penn into RT spot while rookie offensive lineman Kolton Miller is protecting Carr’s blind spot. Penn was a Pro Bowl player as a left tackle a year ago but Miller was the Raiders’ first round pick.

Los Angeles Rams

Los Angeles went from the league’s lowest scoring team in 2016 to the top-scoring side a year ago at 29.9 points per game. The growth of quarterback Jared Goff was a big part of the offensive turnaround. Unfortunately for Rams backers, Goff doesn’t get all the snaps in the pre-season.

Backup quarterback Sean Mannion completed just three of his 13 pass attempts for 16 yards and an interception against the Baltimore Ravens last week. The Rams own one of the most talented rosters in the league but there are a large number of big name players taking big portions of the salary cap pie.

That doesn’t leave a lot of room to pay fourth and fifth receivers, and backup running backs and quarterbacks. Those positions play a much bigger part in the outcome of pre-season games compared to the regular season.

Raiders vs. Rams Prediction

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