The “Monday Night time Soccer” matchup between the Los Angeles Rams and Oakland Raiders is taken into account to be one of many greatest mismatches in Week 1 of the 2018 NFL season. With Jon Gruden now on the helm and Khalil Mack off the roster, expectations for a staff that was regarded as a Tremendous Bowl contender only a season in the past have dramatically dropped.
Taking part in at dwelling of their season opener, the Raiders are 4.5-point underdogs, in response to the newest betting odds at OddsShark. The purpose unfold opened as a decide’em, however the line has shifted together with the perceived freefall of the silver and black. The sport’s over/underneath is 49.5
Expectations for the Raiders couldn’t be any extra completely different than what they’re for the Rams. A season after successful the NFC West, Los Angeles has the most effective Tremendous Bowl LIII odds of any staff within the NFC. Even the defending champion Philadelphia Eagles aren’t given a greater probability to be topped the NFL champions in 2019.
Los Angeles may need as a lot expertise as anybody. Defensive deal with Aaron Donald is the reigning Defensive Participant of the Yr. Ndamukong Suh and Marcus Peters, who have been each Professional Bowlers in 2016, at the moment are a part of the protection. Operating again Todd Gurley received the 2017 Offensive Participant of the Yr award and vast receiver Brandin Cooks came visiting from the New England Patriots after three straight 1,000-plus yard seasons. They’ll obtain loads of targets from Jared Goff, who made the Professional Bowl in his first full 12 months as a beginning quarterback.
The absence of Mack—he was the Defensive Participant of the Yr earlier than Donald—will make it much more troublesome for Oakland to decelerate L.A. No staff scored extra factors than the Rams in 2017. The Raiders have been 23rd in whole protection.
Oakland does have their share of expertise of offense, which is why they have been a well-liked Tremendous Bowl decide getting into final season. Derek Carr’s numbers have been down as he battled a again harm and Amari Cooper didn’t even attain 700 receiving yards. Each gamers made the Professional Bowl in 2015 and 2016.
Broad receiver Jordy Nelson and operating again Marshawn Lynch have observe data of success. Maybe they’ll get off to a sizzling begin in Week 1.
Lots might be depending on the offensive line. The unit was important to the staff’s 12-win season two years in the past, nevertheless it vastly underachieved in 2017.
Don’t be shocked if the offensive line performs effectively in opposition to the Rams within the season opener. Donald is definitely the most effective move rusher of all of the NFL’s inside linemen, however Los Angeles has query marks on the sting. If Carr has time to throw, he has an opportunity to appear to be the quarterback that posted a 96.7 passer score when he was so effectively protected two years in the past.
Successful in Oakland isn’t straightforward for street groups. Even when the Raiders received simply six whole video games final 12 months, the staff was by no means defeated by greater than a subject purpose when Carr began at dwelling.
Nearly as good because the Rams have the potential to be, the hype surrounding the staff may be a little bit too excessive to start out the season. Los Angeles did lose at dwelling of their first playoff sport final 12 months. The Rams completed final season shedding 4 out of 5 video games in opposition to the unfold, in response to OddsShark.
The Raiders and Rams will most likely be separated by a number of video games within the NFL’s total standings on the finish of the season, however Monday’s sport might be shut till the very finish.
Prediction: Los Angeles over Oakland, 28-27