Fargo's 10* NFL Saturday Star Attraction (+$38,594 NFL RUN)
2018-08-18 16:00:00

This is a play on the OAKLAND RAIDERS for our NFL Saturday Star Attraction. Like last night, we are going with the sharp line movement again today with the Raiders are they opened as three-point underdogs but are now favored by a point in some places. The move is identical to that of Kansas City last night based on late information coming through that starters would play a full half. In this case, it is the opposite as for the second game in a row, Rams head coach Sean McVay confirmed that he will keep nearly all starters sidelined to avoid injury. The decision to do so was made easier because the Rams play the Raiders again in a few weeks. Oakland will utilize their starters a little bit more but because these teams meet in Week One of the regular season, it will be a pretty vanilla approach. One big factor after the starters depart is that there is a quarterback competition going on for the backup spot. Connor Cook was the first quarterback off the bench last week against Detroit, and he took full advantage. A solid performance did not earn Cook the right to back up Derek Carr as head coach Jon Gruden insists that job remains competitive, and that E.J. Manuel would get more work against the Rams. On the other side, it is imperative that Sean Mannion or Brandon Allen step up their play as neither has looked good and Mannion was downright horrible last week against the Ravens. While both will be playing for the backup spot, comparing the Rams and Raiders quarterback situation gives a big edge to Oakland. Los Angeles looked clueless last week against the Ravens and many will flock to the Rams this week expecting a bounce back, similar to the public riding the Falcons last night but the line movement tells a lot once again. 10* (419) Oakland Raiders