Seahawks (2-3) vs. Raiders (1-4)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Wembley Stadium, London
Danny Sheridan’s by 3
Seahawks’ keys to victory: The best way to beat Oakland is get to QB Derek Carr, who tends to get careless with the ball when he is pressured. The Raiders offensive line is banged up and inexperienced at both tackle spots. If the Seahawks can take advantage of Oakland’s youth at tackle, it could be a long day for the Raiders offense. The Seattle offense relies on big plays to move the ball, and Oakland struggles to stop passes down the field. Expect QB Russell Wilson and the Seahawks to take a lot of deep shots.
Raiders’ keys to victory: The Raiders lack talent at all three levels of the defense and rely on turnovers to get stops. When they aren’t creating turnovers, their defense gets shredded fairly easily. On offense, the Raiders have weapons at running back, wide receiver and tight end. One of their best weapons this season is TE Jared Cook. When Cook gets involved in the passing game, the Raiders can be hard to stop. Watch for them to try to balance their attack between running and passing.
Matchup to watch: Seahawks CB Shaquill Griffin vs. Raiders WR Amari Cooper. One of the best up-and-coming cornerbacks in the league will cover the Raiders’ best receiver. These are two of the best athletes at their position, and the winner here ultimately could decide the game.
Who wins? The Seahawks are a different team on the road (and this game is in London), and the Raiders offensive line can neutralize a good pass rush. It’s going to be a close game, but expect the Raiders to win a low-scoring battle.
Raiders, 20-17 line: Seahawks