The Oakland Raiders (2013: 4-12 SU, 7-8-1 ATS; 2014: 1-1 SU, 0-2 ATS) had an offensive explosion last week, even though most of it came in the second half of their 27-26 win over Detroit. The Green Bay Packers (2013: 8-8-1 SU, 7-9-1 ATS, 2014: 1-1 SU, 1-1 ATS) won their first game last week, beating up on St. Louis, 21-7 on the road. On Friday night, the Packers host the Raiders from Lambeau Field at 8pmET in Green Bay.
Preseason Point Spread: Green Bay opened as a 6-point betting odds favorite and moved to 7 in most books. The total opened at 43. 5and moved to 44.
The Green Bay Packers had most of their full arsenal of talent last week but scored just 21 points overall and 10 in the first half. Aaron Rodgers, Jordy Nelson and Eddie Lacy were all back against the Rams. Lacy returned to carry the ball five times for 25 yards and had two receptions for 22 yards. Nelson didn’t catch a pass but had a touchdown called back due to a penalty.
Rodgers should play about a half in this game, but the bigger decision for head coach Mike McCarthy is finding a backup quarterback. That’s extremely important considering Rodgers was hurt about half the season last year and the Packers fell apart.
Matt Flynn has generated 191 yards, 12 first down and 18 points in the first two games over eight series. Scott Tolzien has generated 299 yards, 16 first downs but only six points in eight series.
The defense allowed 26.8 points per game and 247.2 yards per game in the air (24th) last season. The Packers added defensive end Julius Peppers to complement Clay Matthews on the edge. They also drafted rookie safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to upgrade the back end of the defense. They allowed just seven points against the Rams last week and just a little over 200 total yards.
While the main talk has been about quarterbacks, Oakland still has a problem with their defense. Case in point? Their first-string defense has allowed opposing quarterbacks a passer rating of 145.3, two touchdowns, 14 of 16 for 150 yards and no interceptions.
Oakland allowed 28.3 points per game and 363.7 yards per game overall. Their pass defense was awful last season as they allowed 256 yards per game (28th) so the pass rush should help alleviate the issues in the secondary.
Last week, they gave up 13 points in the first quarter to Matthew Stafford and Detroit. That was without star wide receiver Calvin Johnson as cornerback Tarell Brown was burned by Golden Tate for a 28-yard touchdown.
Quarterback Matt Schaub completed 8 for 13 with an interception in two series before being removed. In the first game, he completed just 3-of-7 for 21 yards in his debut against Minnesota last Friday.
Backup quarterback Matt McGloin was 7 of 15 for 114 yards, while Brice Butler caught four passes for 74 yards.
Rookie quarterback Derek Carr suffered a concussion during the game, leaving with under six minutes left after taking a shot from Detroit’s Larry Webster on a pass attempt.
Carr is listed as the second quarterback behind Schaub in the depth chart and probably won’t play this week.