Online NFL Betting heads to the West: Raiders vs. RamsPosted by: Mike Davis
Online NFL betting fans around the nation are looking forward to a weekend full of NFL preseason action. While teams around the league won’t be able to advance their rankings in each division, fans betting on NFL preseason contests will have an opportunity to see how the young talent on their team is developing. What more could you want out of the NFL’s preseason?
The league’s preliminary action will continue on Thursday evening, when fans will be able to tune into some preseason action. There will be Week 2 contests spread out through the rest of the weekend, with the bulk of the matches falling on Saturday. Let’s take a look at what NFL sportsbooks have to say about Saturday’s contest between the Los Angeles Rams and the Oakland Raiders.
Los Angeles Rams vs. Oakland Raiders – Saturday, August 19th
When: 10:00 pm ET
Where: Oakland Alameda Coliseum, Oakland, California
TV: Local Broadcasts
Stream: NFL.com, NFL Game Pass
Online NFL Betting Odds:
Los Angeles Rams +3 (-115) 39 ½ (-110)
Oakland Raiders -3 (-105) 39 ½ (-110)
Los Angeles Rams
The Rams finished the 2016 online NFL betting season with an extremely disappointing 4-12 record. Early in the season, Jeff Fisher made a name for himself by delivering an angry tirade to his team about how he was no longer going to accept being Mr. 8-8.
That ad hominem was far from inaccurate: Fisher has a longstanding resume of delivering mediocre seasons. On top of that, Fisher’s speech was focused more on himself and his image instead of what the organization could do to deliver a winning season. Winning is a habit and Fisher simply doesn’t have it. The Rams caught on to this in Week 14 when they finally decided to can Fisher. The entire Rams-nation let out a simultaneous sigh of relief.
The Rams now enter the Sean McVay era. McVay has been coaching in the league since 2008, when he joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an assistant coach. This year will mark his first as a head coach, with the breadth of his experience coming in 2014-16 when he served as the Washington Redskins’ offensive coordinator. Washington enjoyed an extremely explosive offense during that time and the Rams are hoping McVay can bring that explosiveness to Los Angeles.
The Raiders have to be extremely excited about this upcoming season. In Jack del Rio’s second year as Oakland’s head coach, the organization managed to post a 12-4 record and break the Raider’s 13-year postseason drought.
Unfortunately, a late-season injury to quarterback Derek Carr quickly ended the Raiders’ season as well as postseason hopes. However, a new and revamped Raiders team is ready to take the AFC West by storm this year, and subsequently the entire NFL.
There might be some questions surrounding how well Carr will be able to rebound from this injury, but new addition Marshawn Lynch should be there to help. Lynch has come out of retirement and is another reason that Oakland is so pumped about the 2017 NFL season.