Online sports betting sites are suggesting this is going to be a good one, as the Seattle Seahawks opened as slight 3-point favorites over the Oakland Raiders in their Week 6 matchup at Wembley Stadium in London, England. Kickoff is set for 1:00pm EST on October 14th.
Seattle’s offense relies on their ability to run the ball. They average 23.2 points per game (17th), primarily due to their eighth-ranked rushing attack. The Seahawks churn out 122.4 yards per game on the ground, led by Chris Carson.
Russell Wilson hasn’t been terrible for Seattle, throwing for 1,086 yards and 10 touchdowns, but the offense flourishes when Wilson doesn’t have to dropback and rely on his line to protect him.
Carson has rushed for 293 yards (20th) and one touchdowns this season, with 116 of those yards coming last week against the Rams. Getting Carson rumbling early will be crucial in Week 6.
Seattle’s defense has been so good due to their ability to ground aerial attacks. They only cede 226 yards per game through the air (6th), compared to 129 rushing (29th). The Seahawks’ strength against the pass has resulted in them allowing a respectable 22.8 points per game (14th).
Fortunately, Seattle’s defense avoids any sort of offensive juggernaut this week, when they take the field against the Raiders. Oakland is scoring just 21.4 points per game (22nd).
They wouldn’t have so much trouble finding the endzone, though, if they’d just quit killing so many drives with turnovers. Oakland has already committed nine turnovers this season, ranking 26th in the league. This kind of careless play is no recipe for success, as the Raiders are currently learning.
Errant Derek Carr passes have accounted for a whopping eight of those giveaways. The coaching staff needs to drill ball security into their players to start having any success on offense, especially this week against a Seahawks’ defense that ranks fourth in takeaways.
There’s not many positive discussions you can have involving the Raiders defense.
They’re giving up a disgraceful 29.8 points per game, the third-most in the league. Teams are able to score with such ease because they can attack in whichever way they please.
Oakland gives up 277.2 passing yards per game (23rd) and 127.2 rushing (28th). It seems there will be plenty of touchdowns to go around for both Russell Wilson and Chris Carson this week.