Packers (1-1) vs. Raiders (2-0)
Thursday, 8 Prizes ET in Winnipeg
Free NFL Pick: Raiders ATS
Best Line Offered: 5Dimes
Yes, you see that introductory chart directly: This game has been played at Investors Group Field at Winnipeg, a scene that is home to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL. It’ll be the Packers’ first match of any type beyond america because they played with a preseason game in Tokyo in 1998. Green Bay is the only team yet to play with game in London within the International Series of the NFL or at least be scheduled to go abroad.
Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers there is not much there and has said although I have been to Winnipeg, he’s pretty excited to be playing with internationally. This week end will Rodgers play? That hasn’t been decided as of the writing. He has not yet this preseason and there is really little reason to risk the prior two-time NFL MVP.
Therefore it may make sense to have Rodgers at the very least a string or two against an opponent before the season on the reverse side, he is learning another offense under first-year head trainer Matt LaFleur. We know not one of the starters are going to perform in Week 4 of the preseason. Rodgers has stated if he is let by LaFleur he wishes to play with Thursday. I tend to think Rodgers gets what he wants. Then again, Rodgers’ back”locked up” on him a bit a week — he was going to play Baltimore before that happened — therefore LaFleur could say”hell no” to playing.
“I do not think that it’s going to break or make us one way or the other,” LaFleur said Monday. “Again, I have got so much confidence in himand that I know our men do too, and we have gotten a great deal of fantastic work, so I am not overly concerned either way, whether he plays or not.”
The Packers won their preseason opener but lost last week to Baltimore 26-13 — once again, these days everyone loses to John Harbaugh’s Ravens in the preseason. DeShone Kizer, Tim Boyle, and Manny Wilkins all struggled vs. Baltimore — Kizer is going to function as backup to Rodgers this year.
Oakland has already been in the news preseason due to Antonio Brown’s silliness and naturally since the Raiders are around”Hard Knocks” so will get to find some game footage from the Packers next week on HBO. The Raiders knew exactly what they were getting when they traded for him, although I don’t know about you, but I am 100 percent drained of Brown’s antics. On Monday, he filed yet another grievance against the NFL regarding his helmet. Can’t imagine he performs here since Brown has practiced due to frost-bitten feet and also his helmet.
The Raiders beat the visiting Rams in Week 1, 14-13, then won in Arizona last week, 33-26. Derek Carr and the Cards played only a series vs and was 2-for-2 for 40 yards and a touchdown. Of interest is the battle to be his copy involving Nate Peterman along with Mike Glennon.
The Raiders will become the first NFL team to play three matches. They also sponsor the Chicago Bears in Tottenham Stadium in London on October. This is the time the Packers and Raiders will fulfill at the preseason and fourth in the last six years. Oakland was a 13-6 dwelling winner, last August. Carr scarcely played and Rodgers did not. The teams play this season.
We will back Oakland here since Jon Gruden seems to care more than LaFleur does. Try and locate Raiders at +3.5.