Betting Odds: Green Bay Packers at Oakland Raiders (-6)
- Green Bay Packers Moneyline: +225
- Oakland Raiders Moneyline: -278
- Over/Under: 40.5
- Kickoff: Aug. 24, 2018 – 10:30 p.m. ET
Green Bay Packers
Aaron Rodgers engineered a touchdown on his first drive courtesy of new red-zone BFF Jimmy Graham. The first-team offense won’t be suiting up again Friday night, and 85% of the money has accordingly backed the Raiders spread and helped shift the line from -3 to -6.5 (the largest preseason point spread since 2011).
Rodgers and Co. might not play much, but their brief time on the field displayed their high-upside scoring potential entering 2018. Rodgers has fed multiple receivers double-digit touchdowns in two of the past four seasons and will look to do so again with Graham and Davante Adams.
Coach Jon Gruden has confirmed that the team’s starters will play into the second quarter of their matchup against the Packers. The team’s new-look scheme is still a bit of a mystery, though Gruden noted in February that he plans on running the offense through receiver Amari Cooper.
“He’ll be the focal point of our offense … He has tremendous quickness. I think he’s smart, he’s versatile, he’s a gamer, he likes the bright lights and he’ll be the headliner in our offense.”
The rest of Gruden’s offense features an all-star cast (from 2014) in Jordy Nelson, Marshawn Lynch, Martavis Bryant and Doug Martin. Cooper should get every opportunity to thrive in 2018 after a disappointing third season.