Former division rivals meet in the final practice game of this summer for both teams when the Oakland Raiders head north for a visit with the Seattle Seahawks on Friday night.
OddsMaker is listing Seattle as three-point home chalk for Friday’s game, with a total of 36. The Seahawks are also listed at -155 on the Oddsmaker moneyline, with Oakland getting +135.
The Raiders are 1-2 this preseason, beating San Francisco 18-6 before losing to Arizona 24-0 and, last Saturday, to Tennessee 17-16. Meanwhile, Seattle is 2-1 this exhibition season, winning at Minnesota 34-17 and vs. Chicago 29-26, before falling at San Diego on Monday night 18-17.
Oakland has already lost a couple of key players this exhibition season, as WR Drew Carter and FB Oren O’Neal went down with knee injuries last week. Coach Lane Kiffin is expected to rest many of his starters Friday night.
Raiders starting QB JaMarcus Russell has gone 26/50/228 passing this preseason with a TD and an INT, but it’s uncertain how much he’ll play Friday night. Former Oakland starter Andrew Walter is 17/23/167 this summer, while third-stringer Marques Tuiasosopo has thrown just three passes in his one exhibition appearance.
On the other side of this QB matchup, Seattle starter Matt Hasselbeck hasn’t played a down in the Seahawks’ last two preseason games (heâ€™s nursing a sore back), and he’s likely out for Friday night’s game. So Seattle’s QB duties will be handled by Charlie Frye (41/67/450 yards, 2 TD/3 INT this summer) and Seneca Wallace (15/20/163, 3/0) Friday night.
These two teams have met in their exhibition season finale each of the last two years, with Seattle winning both games by scores of 19-14 and 30-7. The Seahawks also beat the Raiders in November of the 2006 regular season 16-0.
In almost two preseasons under coach Lane Kiffin, the Raiders are 3-4 straight up and 3-3 against the spread, with the totals going 2-4. In their last four exhibition seasons under coach Mike Holmgren, the Seahawks are 9-6 SU and 10-5 ATS, with the totals going 10-5.
OddsMaker is also listing Oakland at +600 to win the AFC West this season, +4,000 to win the AFC championship, and +8,000 to win Super Bowl 43 in Tampa in February. The Raiders have been pegged with a season wins over/under of 6 (over -145, under +115).
Seattle is listed at -140 at OddsMaker to win the NFC West again this year, +800 to win the NFC, and +2,500 to win the Super Bowl. The Seahawks have been tagged with a season wins O/U of 8.5 (over -195, under +155).