Seahawks-Raiders Betting Preview: Shootout Across the Pond?

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Credit: USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Pete Carroll, Jon Gruden.

Betting odds: Seattle Seahawks vs. Oakland Raiders (in London)

  • Spread: Seahawks -2.5
  • Over/Under: 48
  • Time: 1 p.m. ET
  • Channel: FOX

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Betting market: Folks across the pond looking to take in some American football will be forced to watch a game with very uninteresting betting activity so far.

The Seahawks opened at -2.5 at some books and -3 at others, and have hovered around those key numbers since Sunday night (you can find updated betting data here).

A large majority of bets and dollars on the over have pushed the total up from 47 to 48. — Mark Gallant

Trends to know: Heck of a performance last week by Russell Wilson and the Seahawks keeping up with the high-flying Rams and losing by just two. (They covered, which is all that matters to some of you.)

In his career, Russell Wilson is 8-1 straight up and 6-2-1 against the spread after a home loss SU, according to our Bet Labs data.

He has won seven consecutive such games SU dating back to the 2015 season. — Evan Abrams

Did you know: In games played in London since 2007, the favorite is 16-4-1 SU and 14-7 ATS while the over is 12-9. — John Ewing

Which team is healthier? Seahawks

The Raiders are still dealing with a banged-up offensive line, as guards Kelechi Osemele (knee) and Gabe Jackson (pectoral), along with left tackle Kolton Miller (knee) and center Rodney Hudson (ankle), have failed to get in a full practice this week.

They also face questions on the defensive line, with Frostee Rucker (neck) and Maurice Hurst (shoulder) questionable to suit up.

The Seahawks have already ruled out linebacker K.J. Wright (knee) and defensive end Rasheem Green (ankle), but they should be good to go otherwise with the possible exception of tight end Nick Vannett (back).

Note: Info as of 6 p.m. ET Thursday. See our Injury Dashboard for daily practice participation and game statuses up until kickoff. — Ian Hartitz

Biggest mismatch: Raiders offensive line vs. Seahawks pass rush

The Raiders’ line has done pretty well at protecting Derek Carr this season. Among quarterbacks who’ve dropped back at least 50 times, his 28.8% pressure rate is the seventh-lowest mark in the league (per Pro Football Focus).

Assuming they’re healthy, Carr’s protectors in the trenches shouldn’t have an issue containing a Seahawks defense that ranks 23rd in pressures, per Sports Info Solutions. — Justin Bailey

DFS edge: As discussed on this week’s episode of The Daily Fantasy Flex, the Seahawks-Raiders’ matchup in London is shaping up as a sneaky shootout.

The game boasts a fantasy-friendly combination of big-play offenses facing leaky defenses that aren’t good at pressuring the quarterback.

Each of the Seahawks’ top-three receivers — Doug Baldwin, Tyler Lockett and David Moore — carry positive Projected Plus/Minus values and a Leverage Rating of at least 75% on DraftKings in our Pro Models. — Hartitz

Bet to watch: Over 48

There’s bound to be a shootout in London on Sunday afternoon. This game has the week’s second-highest combined explosive-pass-play rate and boasts two defenses that haven’t done a good job pressuring the quarterback all season.

The over/under has already moved since opening at 47 points, but I’ll still pound the over with two (mostly) capable offenses taking on defenses that are shells of their former selves without superstars Khalil Mack and Earl Thomas. — Hartitz

Editor’s note: The opinions on this game are from the individual writers and are based on their research, analysis and perspective. They are independent of, and may not always match with, the algorithm-driven Best Bets from Sports Insights.