September 4, 2017 - 5:16 pm
Updated September 4, 2017 - 6:35 pm
The Review-Journal’s Todd Dewey, handicapper Kelly Stewart (@KellyInVegas) and CG Technology sports book vice-president Matthew Holt preview the Raiders’ season in the 25th of a series of 32 NFL team videos in 32 days.
Oakland finished 12-4 last season and lost its wild-card playoff game to the Houston Texans. The Raiders went 10-7 against the spread and were one of the NFL’s best over teams with a 12-5 over-under mark.
Oakland returns quarterback Derek Carr and receivers Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree to an offense that was seventh in the league in scoring last season with 26 points per game and added running back Marshawn Lynch.
The Raiders feature dynamic linebacker Khalil Mack but the rest of the defense is a question mark. Oakland was in the league’s bottom 10 in passing defense last season, 20th in scoring defense (24.1 ppg) and last in sacks (25).
Despite facing the NFL’s fourth-most difficult schedule, the Raiders are the 7-1 second choice to win Super Bowl LII at CG Technology sports book.
Oakland’s 2017 season win total is 9.5 (Over minus-115).
Odds are subject to change.
2017 Sports Betting Spotlight schedule*
Sept. 4: Oakland Raiders
Sept. 5: Buffalo Bills
Sept. 6: Kansas City Chiefs
Sept. 7: New England Patriots
Sept. 8: New York Jets
Sept. 9: Miami Dolphins
Sept. 10: Los Angeles Chargers
Sept. 11: Denver Broncos
*Schedule is subject to change
Contact reporter Todd Dewey at email@example.com or 702-383-0354. Follow @tdewey33 on Twitter.