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Posted by Tony Bryant on 8/30/2012 7:02:31 PM

The Seattle Seahawks and the Oakland Raiders will be playing backups throughout their preseason finale this Thursday. Which team will manage to win in the Pacific Northwest?

Oakland Raiders @ Seattle Seahawks – Thursday, August 30    
Sport betting line: No line

Why Oakland Will Win

In a preseason that has been chaotic for the Raiders, the fact that a lot of these players will be fighting to get a place on the final Opening Day roster could bring out some really good performances on the field. In particular for Terrelle Pryor, the Raiders' backup quarterback behind Carson Palmer, this could be a breakthrough night in Seattle, a reason to bet on the Raiders. Pryor will be showing all his best moves and trying to make smart plays without committing turnovers. 

The other thing that would help Oakland is if its defense really tried to make a go of it this week and put some stats on the board to finally show coach Dennis Allen they can play. The last thing that could help push the Raiders win in their final preseason matchup is their special teams performance, with nobody having been very distinguished yet on punt and kickoff returns. This spot is still waiting for someone who will make a big play and claim this position for himself. The history of the NFL has shown that sometimes one spectacular return is all it takes to win a game. 

Why Seattle Will Win

NFL betting experts know that preseason games come down to energy and passion, and Seattle is showing a lot of vigor in these exhibition games. In a preseason that has been successful for the Seahawks, the fact that some of these players will be fighting for their jobs will make them play hard on the field just like the Raiders, but even more so. With Terrell Owens being let go and Tarvaris Jackson having been traded to the Buffalo Bills, Seahawk reserves know that roster spots aren't safe.

Moreover, with the biggest off-season acquisition, Matt Flynn, being moved to the bench for the first real game of the season, coach Pete Carroll has shown that he's only interested in one thing: winning. Those who play the hardest in this last preseason game know they will get to stay for the regular season and play on what looks like a formidable team. This motivation for individual players and the team as a whole could push the Seahawks over the top in this game.

If you combine these reasons with a defense that is physically imposing at all the positions on the field and (moreover) playing very strongly with both first- and second-string players, any opponent will find it difficult to score in a game against the Seahawks. The Raiders and Pryor are likely to find out that truth on Thursday.

Who Will Win

Pete Carroll's ability to motivate and draw up defensive plays gives any team that he's coaching a great chance to win any game it plays. If you remember that and add in the talent and size that has been put together on the defensive side of the ball this year in the city of Seattle, it's pretty clear who is going to win this game. Pick the Seahawks.

NFL Football Betting Pick: Seattle


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