Titans vs. Raiders Preview + Free Pick August 15th, 2008
By: NFL Handicapping Staff
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Friday NFL Betting Action with Raiders, Titans
The Oakland Raiders (4-12 SU, 6-10 ATS in 2007) and the Tennessee Titans (10-6 SU, 8-8 ATS in 2007 regular season), who are both 1-0 SU & ATS in the pre-season, will lock horns on Friday night in an NFL exhibition game that is set to begin at 8 PM ET at LP Field (natural turf) in Nashville.
BetUS NFL betting odds: TENNESSEE -5, Total 35
NOTABLE STAT: Oakland gave up 4.8 yards per rush in 2007 (32nd in league)
KEY NFL FOOTBALL BETTING TREND: Tennessee is 5-1 SU & ATS in last six in pre-season
In the Top Sportsbooks NFL pre-season football betting odds, the Titans are listed as a five-point favorite, with the total posted at 35 points.
Here are some NFL football betting trends as they relate to this matchup (reflecting numbers going into the 2008 season):
* OAK has played six of its last seven games OVER the total
* OAK has lost nine of its last 11 games SU
* OAK has played its last four road games OVER the total
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* OAK has covered three of its last nine games
* TENN has won four of its last six games SU
* TENN has won five of its last seven home games SU
* TENN has covered two of its last seven home games
* OAK has won and covered eight of its last ten pre-season games
* OAK has played 11 of its last 14 pre-season games UNDER the total
* TENN has won and covered five of the last six pre-season games SU
* TENN has played its last four pre-season games OVER the total
Because of injuries to D’Angelo Hall, Nnamdi Asomugha, Michael Waddell and John Bowie, the Raiders will be going into this game with only four healthy cornerbacks. And things are at the point where Lane Kiffin brought in Adam Archuleta, safety, and is putting him at linebacker. That will be something inviting for the Tennessee quarterbacks, but the Oakland defensive front, which was one of the worst in football at stopping the run, is going to be challenged plenty.
Last week against St. Louis, Quinton Ganther had 115 yards rushing. Chris Johnson, the first-round draft pick, had a 66-yard touchdown scamper, as he flashed the speed that is going to make him a game-changer. Vince Young went off on a long run. All told, the Titans had 340 yards rushing, which is astronomical.
The Oakland QB’s encouraged with their play last week int he win over San Francisco. JaMarcus Russell got sacked and threw only five passes, but he didn’t make any stupid mistakes. Andrew Walter was 10-of-12 for 82 yards. Russell will play into the second quarter in this game, but Darren McFadden will not see action, perhaps not for the whole pre-season. Lots of rookie receivers to work with, and receiver wasn’t one of Oakland’s strengths to begin with.
Those rushing totals from last week indicate the Titans are really firing off the ball. Unless they really tone it down by design, they will overmatch an Oakland defense that has been desperately searching for help. We will lay the points with Tennessee, the five-point favorite in the Top Sportsbooks NFL pre-season betting odds.
JAY’S PLAY: TENNESSEE -5 *** (Graded on a scale of 1-4 stars)
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