Seahawks vs Raiders

An old NFL rivalry renews Sunday when the Oakland Raiders and Seattle Seahawks meet at Wembley Stadium in London at 1 p.m. ET. The former AFC West foes, who now reside in separate conferences, will be seeking a quality victory to spark a turnaround to their season’s fortunes. Seattle hopes to bounce back from a narrow home loss to the Rams, while the Raiders are looking to recover from their worst performance of the season in a loss to the Chargers.

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The Seahawks are 2.5-point favorites and the over-under for total points scored is 48.5 in the latest Seahawks vs. Raiders odds. Before you make any Seahawks vs. Raiders picks for NFL in London, check out what SportsLine analyst Josh Nagel has to say.

A Nevada-based expert with 20 years of experience in the sports wagering industry, Nagel hit 70 percent of his NFL spread picks last season. He already is off to a strong start in 2018 and heads into the week on a 4-1 run. More important: He has had a particularly sharp sense for these two clubs, posting a record of 15-3 in against the spread picks involving the Raiders or Seahawks during the past two seasons.

In Week 3, Nagel advised SportsLine members that Seattle was in a strong position to pick up its first victory of the season as a slight home favorite against the Cowboys. The Seahawks rolled to a 24-13 win, and anyone who followed Nagel’s advice picked up a win of their own.

Now, he has scrutinized Seahawks vs. Raiders from every possible angle to reveal a strong point-spread pick for NFL UK that he’s sharing at SportsLine.

The Raiders had high hopes for an immediate turnaround after they made the much-publicized hiring of Jon Gruden for a second stint after the coach spent a decade away from the sidelines, but the late trade of linebacker Khalil Mack amid a contract dispute has left them short-handed on defense, a liability that continues to be a major obstacle.

Their offense also has been inconsistent, as quarterback Derek Carr has notched eight interceptions against seven touchdowns, and several of the picks have been crushing blows in tight games.

The Raiders (1-4) should be in desperation mode Sunday, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are destined to cover against a Seattle team that also wants to break out of the doldrums.

The Seahawks (2-3) have exceeded most meager projections with relatively solid play despite massive roster turnover and injury concerns. Even so, they have had trouble closing out games, with three defeats coming by 12 combined points. They were opportunistic in last week’s 33-31 loss to the Rams, forcing two turnovers and making big plays early offensively, but the defense couldn’t get a needed late stop to provide one more possession. Seattle allowed 468 total yards and Rams star running back Todd Gurley found the end zone three times.

We can tell you Nagel is leaning toward the Under, but he has also unearthed the crucial X-factor that makes one side of the spread a must-back. He’s sharing it ONLY at SportsLine.

Who wins Raiders-Seahawks? And what critical factor causes one side of the spread to hit hard? Visit SportsLine right now to see which side is a must-back, all from the senior analyst who’s 15-3 on picks involving the Seahawks and Raiders.

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