NFL 2021 Preseason: Seattle at Las Vegas Betting Analysis

Before realignment, the Seahawks and Raiders played agianst each other twice every season. Seattle was an AFC West squad, just like the Raiders. On Saturday, the old rivalry resumes when Pete Carrol’s Seahawks travel to Sin City to take on the Raiders. Which team is the better play in each team’s first NFL Preaseason game? Check out NFL Preseason odds, analysis, and a free pick for Seahawks versus Raiders. 

NFL Betting Preview for Seahawks vs Raiders On Aug. 14th

Seattle Seahawks vs Las Vegas Raiders – NFL Preseason Game

Why bet on Seattle versus Las Vegas

Likely starter Geno Smith has played in the NFL since the Jets drafted him 39th overall in 2013. The veteran quarterback knows what his limitations are, which is why he will never become a starter. Versus the Raiders’ second-team defense, though, Smith should have success. If it’s enough success, the Seahawks will cover the spread. 

Seattle Last 5

  • L – 30-20 vs. Los Angeles Rams
  • W – 28-23 at San Francisco 
  • W – 20-9 vs. Los Angeles Rams 
  • W – 20-15 at Washington Football Team 
  • W – 40-3 vs. New York Jets

Seattle Predicted Offense Starting Lineup

  • QB – Geno Smith
  • RB – Rashad Penny
  • WR – Freddie Swain
  • WR – Cody Thompson
  • WR – Penny Hart
  • TE – Colby Parkinson
  • LT – Jamarco Jones
  • LG – Jordan Simmons
  • C – Kyle Fuller
  • RG – Phil Haynes
  • RT – Cedric Ogbuehi 

Why bet on Las Vegas against Seattle

If Marcus Mariota starts, the Raiders could blow out the Seattle Seahawks. Sure, this is a preseason game, but Seattle’s first-string secondary is arguably the worst in the NFL. The second-string secondary won’t have a shot against Mariota, who would be an NFL starting quarterback if not for injuries. 

Las Vegas Last 5

  • W – 32-31 at Denver
  • L – 26-25 vs. Miami
  • L – 30-27 vs. Los Angeles Chargers
  • L – 44-27 vs. Indianapolis
  • W – 31-28 at New York Jets

Las Vegas Predicted Offense Starting Lineup

  • QB – Marcus Mariota
  • RB – Kenyan Drake
  • FB – Garrett Groshek  
  • WR – John Brown 
  • WR – Zay Jones
  • TE – Foster Moreau
  • LT – Brandon Parker
  • LG – John Simpson
  • C – Nick Martin 
  • RG – Patrick Omameh 
  • RT – Jaryd Jones-Smith 

Final Betting Analysis: Seattle Seahawks at Las Vegas Raiders

Even if the Raiders don’t start, or even play Marcus Mariota, Nathan Peterman or fourth-string quarterback Case Cookus should tear up the Seahawks’ secondary. 

Seattle’s defense won’t be motivated to stop any quarterback Jon Gruden sends to the field. Gruden, though, will call this game close to the way he’d call a regular season contest. 

In 2019, the Raiders won 3-of-4 preseason games. Gruden doesn’t take the preseason off. He uses the games to ready himself as a head coach for the regular season, which means the Raiders should be more focused than the Seahawks, leading to a win and cover. 

NFL Preseason Pick: Las Vegas Raiders

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