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Sports Betting Spotlight: Raiders 2017 season preview

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*

Aug. 11: Pittsburgh Steelers

Aug. 12: Tennessee Titans

Aug. 13: Indianapolis Colts

Aug. 14: Cleveland Browns

Aug. 15: Cincinnati Bengals

Aug. 16: Jacksonville Jaguars

Aug. 17: Baltimore Ravens

Aug. 18: Houston Texans

Aug. 19: Chicago Bears

Aug. 20: New Orleans Saints

Aug. 21: Atlanta Falcons

Aug. 22: Minnesota Vikings

Aug. 23: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Aug. 24: Carolina Panthers

Aug. 25: Detroit Lions

Aug. 26: Green Bay Packers

Aug. 27: San Francisco 49ers

Aug. 28: New York Giants

Aug. 29: Washington Redskins

Aug. 30: Dallas Cowboys

Aug. 31: Seattle Seahawks

Sept. 1: Los Angeles Rams

Sept. 2: Philadelphia Eagles

Sept. 3: Arizona Cardinals

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

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Contact reporter Todd Dewey at tdewey@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0354. Follow @tdewey33 on Twitter.

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