2017 Season NFL Football Past Picks
August 12, 2017
Oakland at Arizona
Saturday 08/12 10:00 PM Eastern
1 unit on Game Total UNDER 40 -105 (risk 1 to return 1.95) RESULT: WIN
Oakland has the high-flying offensive talent, but you won't see much of it this game. Last preseason the offense average 19 points per game. In Game 1, QB Derek Carr threw only seven passes (44 yards) as the team had more rushing yards than passing (156) yards. Two years ago Carr threw nine passes in the preseason opener in an 18-3 final. Carr is coming back from an injury so they will be even more careful with him. After Carr the QBs are E.J. Manuel and Connor Cook. For this game they won't use veteran RB Marshawn Lynch much, if at all, and star WR Amari Cooper is dealing with a left leg injury, missing three practices last week. Oakland loaded up on defensive talent/depth in the draft, using five of its first six picks on defensive players. Arizona didn't show much on offense in the opener against Dallas, with 18 points, 239 yards passing and 88 rushing (just 3.3 ypc). Rookie RB T.J. Logan was outstanding but broke a wrist and is out 12 weeks. There's no sense risking QB Carson Palmer much, so they will use journeymen Blaine Gabbert, Trevor Knight and Drew Stanton. Bruce Arians said his starters will play about 15 snaps against Oakland. WR John Brown may not be one of them as he continues to remain sidelined with a quadriceps injury. Last year in preseason the Arizona offense scored 10 and three points in Weeks 1 and 2. The defense has excellent depth and talent, with young Robert Nkemdiche wrecking the Dallas Cowboys' offensive line on in the Hall of Fame Game. All of which will mean more defense than offense. Back the UNDER.