A battle of West Coast teams highlights the NFL’s latest foray into England, as the Seattle Seahawks and Oakland Raiders face off at Wembley Stadium in London. It’s a pivotal game for both teams, with the Seahawks clinging to relevance in the NFC West and the Raiders needing a long string of victories to reinvigorate their playoff hopes. It’s the first meeting between the teams since November 2014, when Seattle pulled out a 30-24 home victory.
NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis
Were it just about any other team but the Raiders, Seattle might be the underdog in this one. And the fact that they’re favoured will be of cold comfort to bettors, with the Seahawks having gone just 2-5-1 ATS in their last eight games in that situation. But as you might have guessed, the Raiders can match that level of spread ineptitude. They’ve gone just 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 games as an underdog of between one and five points.
The total for this one is 48 – and while that might seem high given that neither team is all that prolific on offence, there’s something about merry ol’ England that brings out the scoring. The winning team has produced 30 or more points in 11 of the last 16 NFL games played in London, with nine of those games finishing above 50. But if you want a truly crazy totals stat to counter this, Oakland is an incredible 1-17 O/U in its last 18 games in Week 6.
The Seahawks found a way to match scoring with the Los Angeles Rams for the majority of their 33-31 defeat last week thanks to a rejuvenated running game – and while sustained reliance on the running game might stifle the scoring a bit eventually, it probably won’t happen this week. Seattle has rushed for a league-best 473 yards over the past three weeks, and should feast on an Oakland run defence allowing a mind-boggling 4.9 yards per carry so far.
Speaking of rush attacks, the Raiders will likely turn to former Seahawks star Marshawn Lynch to set the tone on the ground. Lynch saw an average of 19 carries between Weeks 2-4 but had just nine last week as the Raiders fell behind early and couldn’t recover in a 26-10 setback to the Los Angeles Chargers. The Seahawks’ run defence has been nearly as bad as Oakland’s, surrendering nine more total yards on six additional carries.
Seahawks vs. Raiders Prediction