NFL Football: Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 1:00 pm (New Tottenham Stadium)
The Line: Oakland Raiders +3 — Over/Under: 47.5
The Seattle Seahawks and Oakland Raiders meet Sunday in NFL Live action at Wembley Stadium.
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The Seattle Seahawks look for their third victory in their last four tries to get back to a .500 record. The Seattle Seahawks have won five of their last eight non-home games. Russell Wilson is completing 62.7 percent of his passes for 1,086 yards, 10 touchdowns and three interceptions. Wilson has five touchdown passes and zero interceptions in his last three games. Tyler Lockett and Will Dissly have combined for 503 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Brandon Marshall has 10 receptions. The Seattle Seahawks ground game is averaging 122.4 yards per contest, and Chris Carson leads the way with 293 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Seattle is allowing 21.3 points and 348 yards per game. Bradley McDougald leads the Seattle Seahawks with 32 tackles, Frank Clark has three sacks and Shaquill Griffin has two interceptions.
The Oakland Raiders are desperate for a victory in order to climb out of a brutal 1-4 hole. The Oakland Raiders have lost each of their last seven non-home games. Derek Carr is completing 71.3 percent of his passes for 1,641 yards, seven touchdowns and eight interceptions. Carr has one or less touchdown passes in 11 of his last 14 games. Jared Cook and Jordy Nelson have combined for 707 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Amari Cooper has 22 receptions. The Oakland Raiders ground game is averaging 95.2 yards per contest. And Marshawn Lynch leads the way with 331 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Oakland is allowing 27 points and 374.3 yards per game. Tahir Whitehead leads the Oakland Raiders with 37 tackles, Bruce Irvin has three sacks and Rashaan Melvin has one interception.
The Seahawks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in October, 1-4 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games on grass. The Raiders are 5-11-2 ATS in their last 18 games on grass.
1-5 ATS in their last 6 games in October and 5-12-2 ATS in their last 19 games overall. The Seahawks are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 meetings in Oakland, 3-9 ATS in their last 12 meetings and the over is 13-5 in the last 18 meetings.
It’s never easy to predict these London games, as the trip across the pond impacts teams differently and usually results in some weird games. The Seattle Seahawks have kind of turned their season around with wins over the Dallas
owboys and Arizona Cardinals, and they took the Los Angeles Rams, the team favored to win the Super Bowl, down to the wire. The Oakland Raiders haven’t shown much progress from week to week and their only victory of the season came in overtime against the subpar Cleveland Browns. The Oakland Raiders are just 3-9-1 ATS in their last 13 games when an underdog of at least three points.
I’m sure Marshawn Lynch will be motivated to stick it to his old team, but that’s not enough for me to back the Raiders. The Raiders offense has issues finishing drives and lacks any sort of pass rush to impact the Seahawks questionable offensive line. The Seahawks are the better team and should be able to cover this small number.