Raiders vs Seahawks matchup preview and current betting lines
This has been a tough season for the Las Vegas Raiders. They seemed right on track with Ray Bisaccia, but Mark Davis didn’t trust him to lead their project and decided to hire former New England Patriots OC Josh McDaniels instead.
To say that McDaniels’ coaching skills have left a lot to be desired would be an understatement. He was outcoached by Jeff Saturday, who didn’t even have any coaching experience at the pro level and was sitting on his couch 4 days before beating him.
Needless to say, that’s far from encouraging when a savvy veteran like Pete Carroll is on the other sideline. Carroll has silenced his critics, and the Seattle Seahawks continue to mark strong despite not having Russell Wilson anymore.
The Seahawks have been one of the most surprising teams in the National Football League this season, and by a very long margin. Their defense has been much better than expected, and their offense looks the best it’s looked in the past two or three years.
Players to watch:
Josh Jacobs: The Las Vegas Raiders declined Josh Jacobs’ fifth-year option, and that’s proving to be a mistake. He’s having a solid season and could gauge plenty of interest in free agency, especially if the Raiders continue to struggle.
Geno Smith: Geno Smith’s revenge tour has been this season’s feelgood story. He’s proving all the doubters wrong and demonstrating that all he needed was a solid system and a good head coach to thrive in this league.
Week 12 Predictions: NFL Bet of the week on Raiders vs Seahawks
The opening Raiders vs Seahawks spread have the Seahawks favored by a field goal ahead of this game. This is somewhat surprising, given their +16 point differential and the fact that they’re coming off a bye week after a long trip to London.
The Seahawks were riding an impressive four-game winning streak, including triumphs over divisional rivals Arizona Cardinals (x2) and the Los Angeles Chargers and New York Giants. Needless to say, all of those teams are better than the Las Vegas Raiders.
Of their four losses, three have been by a possession or less. On the flip side, the Raiders beat the Denver Broncos to put an end to an embarrassing three-game losing streak, including a humiliating 24-0 road loss to the New Orleans Saints.
The Seahawks hold the edge in every single category. They score more points, average more total yards per game, are better on third-down conversions, have the most sacks and interceptions, and have a massive edge in the coaching department.
The opening Raiders vs Seahawks odds have this game total sitting at a whopping 47.5 points. This makes perfect sense, considering the Las Vegas Raiders defense can’t get a stop to save its life, especially when it’s third down.
Also, as bad as they’ve been on defense, they’ve been somewhat competent on the other side of the gridiron. Josh Jacobs has been solid, and that Derek Carr-Davante Adams combination has all-time great potential.
The Seahawks boast a solid secondary and a stout front seven that will put plenty of pressure on them, but there’s no defensive back on Earth capable of holding Adams back. He even dominated an elite stopper like Patrick Surtain II.
Geno Smith has made a habit of humiliating subpar defenses this season. He’s thrown for 2,474 yards with 17 touchdowns against just four interceptions, so Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf could be in for a field day against the sloppy Raiders.