Rams vs. Raiders Point Spread: NFL Pre-Season Week 1 Odds, Prediction

Andrew Rogers | Updated Aug 08, 2019

The Raiders are the apple of oddsmakers’ eye at this point, having been bet up to -5 after opening as three-point favourites.

L.A. Rams
9-7
AT
August 10, 2019, 8:00 PM ET
RingCentral Coliseum
Las Vegas
7-9
Pointspread +4.5 -110
Moneyline +185
Over / Under o +36.5
Pointspread -4.5 -110
Moneyline -222
Over / Under u +36.5

Regardless of whether most of the starters play a single down Saturday night, one superstar player definitely won’t see the field as the Los Angeles Rams and Oakland Raiders renew their geographic rivalry at Oakland Coliseum. Antonio Brown will miss time after suffering a severe case of frostbite when he failed to wear shoes into a cryogenic chamber. Here’s hoping none of the other players on these teams suffer any ridiculous injuries prior to kickoff.

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

Los Angeles Rams at Oakland Raiders

Pointspread
  • Los Angeles Rams -110 +4
  • Oakland Raiders -110 -4

The Raiders opened their 2018 pre-season at home and came away with a 16-10 victory over the Lions; the Rams, meanwhile, were drubbed 33-7 by the Baltimore Ravens in their exhibition opener last year. But bear in mind that home teams went just 8-8 SU in last year’s opening week of the pre-season.

The total for Saturday’s game in Oakland is low even by Pre-Season Week 1 standards, coming in at 35 (down from an opening of 37). The teams combined for just 23 points in their exhibition curtain-raisers last year, and both sides will likely give their starters very little time on the field, so points could be hard to come by. But it’s worth remembering that 11 of the 16 Week 1 games a year ago featured 40 or more points.

Los Angeles Rams

Little is known about just how Sean McVay is going to dole out the playing time Thursday night, but one thing is for certain: Fans and bettors shouldn’t expect to see Todd Gurley. He’s dealing with a lingering knee injury that could significantly impact how much action he sees prior to the start of the regular season. Look for his backups – namely rookie Darrell Henderson, Malcolm Brown, Justin Davis and John Kelly – to square off Saturday for the right to be the No. 2 RB.

Oakland Raiders

While the defending NFC-champion Rams probably don’t have much to do to get ready for the real Week 1, you can expect Jon Gruden to give his players plenty of opportunity to get sharp during the pre-season. There are several positional battles to monitor Saturday night, including who will be the No. 2 running back behind Josh Jacobs (Doug Martin and Jalen Richard are the prime candidates) and who will line up opposite Brown.

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