The Green Bay Packers and Oakland Raiders hold a unique distinction in that they met for the first time on the football in the biggest game of the football season, the second Super Bowl game at Miami, Fla. on Jan. 14, 1968. The Packers were easy winners that day by a 33-14 count. Bart Starr passed to Boyd Dowler for a touchdown, Donny Anderson ran for a TD, Herb Adderley returned an interception for a score and Don Chander booted four field goals.
It was the second straight Super Bowl win for the Packers, who beat the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10 in Super Bowl I. But the glory days were about to come to an end for the Packers, and their early dominance over the Raiders was short-lived. The Raiders won the next five games from the Packers and Green Bay, which scored 33 points in the Super Bowl win over Oakland, could only muster up a grand total of 38 points over those next five games against the Raiders. The Packers wouldn’t beat the Raiders again until 1990.
Green Energy – Since that 1990 victory, the series has been all Packers. Green Bay has won seven games in a row from the Raiders and gone 6-1 against the spread in the process. The Packers have been crushing it offensively against the Raiders, pouring on the points, averaging 38.57 points over those seven triumphs. Green Bay has scored at least 30 points in each of the last four games against the Raiders. Meanwhile, they’ve held the Raiders to just 12.85 points per game in the last seven meetings.
Packing Heat – Green Bay was among the NFL’s best over wagers during the 2017 regular season, going 11-5 on the over/under. That included a spectacular 7-1 on the over/under during road games. This sort of powerful production has also been in evidence in Green Bay’s showdowns with the Raiders. The total has gone over in six of the last seven Packers-Raiders regular-season games. But lately, the Raiders aren’t doing their part. The total has gone under in the last six Raiders regular-season games.
Wild About The West – The Packers are also quite enjoying their games when teams from the AFC West provide the opposition. Green Bay is 13-2 in its last 12 games when facing AFC West opposition. The Packers are also 12-3 against the spread in those last 15 games against AFC West opponents. Green Bay has won eight of 13 games against the Raiders, going 3-2 on the road. The Packers aren’t as dominant in the preseason, going 5-5 in their last 10 against the AFC West and 5-5 all-time against the Raiders.
One-Sided Affairs – Another thing about Packers-Raiders games – the team that wins usually wins big. Just one of the last 10 and only three of 13 meetings all-time in regular-season play have concluded with a single-digit margin on the scoreboard. The average margin of victory when Green Bay wins is 21.12 points per game. The average margin of victory when the Raiders win is 14.4 points per game. The average margin of victory in Packers-Raiders games played at Oakland is 16 points per game.
You will find a similar pattern in place when the Raiders and Packers clash in the NFL preseason. In exhibition games won by the Packers, the final difference on the scorebaord averaged out to 16.2 points per game. When the Raiders were the victorious team, the average margin of victory was 11.6 points per game. In games played at Oakland, the average margin of victory grows to 18.75 points per game. Seven of 10 Raiders-Packers preseason tilts were determined by margins of 10 points or greater.
On The Comeback Trail – Much of the 2017 NFL season was lost to Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers when he suffered a fractured collarbone, so he’ll be looking to rebound in 2018, and the online sportsbooks are expecting big things from the 2011 and 2014 league MVP. Betway puts Rodgers down as their +250 chalk to win the NFL’s comeback player of the year award in 2018. They’ve also got him down as their +500 first betting choice to win the NFL’s MVP award this season.
Over at Bovada, they like Rodgers as the +325 chalk to lead the NFL in touchdown passes during the 2018 season. He’s also their No. 1 betting option to be the NFL MVP in 2018 at odds of +550. About the only place you won’t find a lot of support for Rodgers is when it comes to wagering on which quarterback will lead the NFL in passing yardage this season. Bovada has him as their co-fifth choice at +1400. Betway sets Rodgers fourth as far as being the top NFLer in passing yardage in 2018 at odds of +900.
Mack The Strife – Raiders All-Pro defensive end Khalil Mack is in the last year of his contract and it’s vital for the Raiders that they get this issue settled and don’t allow it to fester to a point where it impacts the play of their defensive difference-maker on the field. It’s important to you as well if you plan any wagers on Mack’s performance this season. Betway has Mack slotted in as their co-second betting choice to win the NFL defensive player of the year at +600. He’s also listed at odds of +1200 to lead the NFL in sacks.
Super Sunday, The Sequel? – The Raiders and Packers have already met in one Super Bowl. Granted, it was in 1968, but it did happen. Should you bet on it happening again to conclude the 2018 NFL season? Well, that might be a stretch. But then again, not that much of a stretch, according to MyBookie. They will give you odds of +8000 that it will be a Raiders-Packers rematch in Super Bowl LIII. At +400, MyBookie has the Packers and defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles as co-favorites to win the NFC.
The Raiders, who went 6-10 last season and lured old coach Jon Gruden out of the broadcast booth to right the ship with a 10-year, $100-million contract, are the co-seventh pick to win the AFC Championship at odds of +1200.