Packers (1-1) vs. Raiders (2-0)
Thursday, 8 p.m. ET in Winnipeg
Free NFL Pick: Raiders ATS
Best Line Launched: 5Dimes
Yes, you see that graph directly: This match is being played Investors Group Field a stadium that is home to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL, at Winnipeg. Itll be the Packers first game of any kind outside of the United States since they played a preseason game in 1998 in Tokyo. Green Bay is the only team to play game in London within the NFLs International Series or at least be scheduled to head abroad.
Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers has stated hes pretty excited to be enjoying internationally, although I have been to Winnipeg and there is not much there. Will Rodgers play this week? That has not been decided as of the writing. He hasnt yet this preseason and there is really little reason to risk the prior NFL MVP.
On the reverse side, he is studying another offense under head coach Matt LaFleur therefore it may make sense to get two against an opponent ahead of the season or Rodgers a string. We all know not one of the Packers starters are going to perform in Week 4 of the preseason. Rodgers has said when he is let by LaFleur he wishes to play Thursday. I tend to believe Rodgers gets exactly what he needs. Then again, Rodgers backlocked up on him a bit a week he was going to play Baltimore before that happened — therefore LaFleur could sayhell no to playing.
I dont think that its going to make or break us one way or the other, LaFleur said Monday. Again, I have got so much confidence in him, and that I know our men do too, and weve gotten a great deal of excellent work, so I am not overly worried either way, whether he plays or not.
The Packers won their preseason opener 28-26 at house Houston but dropped last week to Baltimore 26-13 — once again, everyone loses to John Harbaughs Ravens in the preseason nowadays. DeShone Kizer, Tim Boyle, and Manny Wilkins all fought vs. Baltimore — Kizer is going to be the backup to Rodgers this season.
Oakland has already been in the news preseason due to Antonio Browns silliness and naturally because the Raiders are aroundHard Knocks so will have to observe some game footage against the Packers following week on HBO. I dont know about you, but Im 100 percent tired of Browns antics, but the Raiders knew exactly what theyre getting when they traded . On Monday, he registered yet another grievance against the NFL seeing his preferred helmet. Because Brown has practiced because of his helmet and frost-bitten feet, Can not imagine he plays here.
The Raiders beat the visiting Rams in Week 1, 14-13, then won in Arizona a week, 33-26. Derek Carr played only a series vs the Cards and was 2-for-2 for 40 yards and a touchdown. Is that the struggle to be his backup between Mike Glennon and Nate Peterman.
The Raiders will be the first NFL team ever to play three matches in three different countries in one year. They also sponsor the Chicago Bears in Tottenham Stadium in London on October. That is the time that the Packers and fourth in the past six decades and Raiders will meet in the preseason. Last August, Oakland was a residence winner. Carr barely played and Rodgers didnt. The teams also play this season.
We will back Oakland here because Jon Gruden appears to take care of winning in the preseason than LaFleur really does. Try and locate Raiders in +3.5.
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