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Raiders vs. Lions Preseason Betting Odds: Welcome Home, Coach Gruden


May 29, 2018, Alameda, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden during organized team activities at the Raiders Headquarters. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Betting Odds: Detroit Lions at Oakland Raiders (-3)

  • Detroit Lions Moneyline: +137
  • Oakland Raiders Moneyline: -157
  • Over/Under: 37
  • Kickoff: Aug. 10, 2018 – 10:30 p.m. ET

Detroit Lions

With the departure of tight end Eric Ebron, 86 targets from last year’s offense are now available. While Marvin Jones and Golden Tate have secure roles, Kenny Golladay has the potential to emerge as quarterback Matthew Stafford’s No. 3 receiver. As a rookie last year, Golladay posted the highest game speed of the trio ( and averaged a robust 17 yards per catch. If Golladay absorbs a large portion of Ebron’s target share, the Lions offense can support all three receivers in fantasy. It also remains to be seen if second-round running back Kerryon Johnson can find a way to separate himself from a committee with LeGarrette Blount, Theo Riddick and maybe even Ameer Abdullah.

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Oakland Raiders

Jon Gruden has left the “Monday Night Football” booth to return the Raiders to the promised land. Although he oversaw top-10 scoring offenses in four of six seasons with the Eagles and Raiders, Gruden failed to coach a single top-10 unit from 2002 to 2008 with the Buccaneers. Gruden has a number of questions facing him: How high is Amari Cooper’s ceiling? What should he do about Khalil Mack’s contract situation? The biggest question Gruden needs an answer to: Is Derek Carr his franchise quarterback?

My Bet

Lions-Raiders OVER 37

The game opened at 36 and has climbed from there. While only 32% of the tickets are on the over, 53% of the money is betting on a shootout. With backups likely to play the majority of the snaps, it helps that both teams have rookie-free quarterback depth charts.

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