The Raiders and Seahawks met in the preseason in each of the first two seasons after Seattle joined the NFL as an expansion franchise in 1976. And then they didn't see each other again until 1996. That was because NFL divisional realignment in 1977 put both the Seahawks and Raiders into the AFC West Division, meaning they would face each other twice every single regular season. It stayed like that until 2002, when the Seahawks were returned to their original home, the NFC West.
Oakland and Seattle have clashed 45 times in regular season and postseason play, and they will make it 45 games later this season when the Seahawks travel to Oakland for a Week Six showdown on Oct. 14. The Raiders own a 29-25 edge in the all-time series, and a 1211-1135 edge on the scoreboard. The Raiders have won the last six games played at Oakland. While the Seahawks have won preseason games at Oakland in each of the past two years, you've go to go back to 1997 to locate a Seattle regular-season win there.
Two For One - The Baltimore Colts played in the Super Bowl as an NFL team prior to the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, and won the Super Bowl as an AFC team in the first season following the merger, but no team has represented both the AFC and NFC in the Super Bowl. The Seahawks came ever so close to doing so, and it was the Raiders who prevented it from happening. In their eighth season of existence in 1983, Seattle was an AFC wildcard playoff team. They reached the AFC Championship Game but lost 30-14 to Oakland.
As an NFC team, Seattle has gone to the Super Bowl three times. The Seahawks lost Super Bowl XL 21-10 to the Pittsburgh Steelers and fell 28-24 to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX. In between, the Seahawks blasted the Denver Broncos 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII. The Seahawks and Raiders could meet in Super Bowl LIII and if you happen to think that they will, MyBookie offers a wager on just that possibility. They will give you odds of +18000 on such an occurrence coming to fruition.
High Numbers - Another tradition that has remained prevalent in Seahawks-Raiders games is that the final score is generally up there. The total has gone over in seven of the last eight Raiders-Seahawks regular-season games at Seattle. The total has gone over in 13 of the last 18 Raiders-Seahawks regular-season games. The winning team has scored at least 30 points in seven of the last nine Raiders-Seahawks regular-season games.
The preseason meetings offer a different storyline. The winning team has scored at least 30 points in two of the past four Seahawks-Raiders exhibition games, but it's happened in just two of the last eight games overall. In four of the past eight Seattle-Oakland preseason games, the total has finished under 30 points. Seven of the last nine exhibition games played at Seattle between these two teams have resulted in a total below 30 points.
Full Nelson - After 10 seasons with the Green Bay Packers, wide receiver Jordy Nelson signed as a free agent with the Raiders, leaving some to question just how much Nelson has left in the tank at age 33. Last season, Nelson's receptions dropped off from 97 to 53 and his pass-reception yardage plummeted from 1257 to 482. But the Raiders are known as the kings of the reclamation projects and believe that they can still pull some mileage out of Nelson.
MyBookie also finds this scenario to be intriguing and is offering a unique prop wager involving Nelson. The sportsbook has created a market for a head-to-head bet featuring Nelson and Packers wide receiver Geronimo Allison. The play is straightforward - who do you think will finish the season with the most pass reception yardage? If you like Nelson to be the guy, play him at odds of -200, or go with Allison at odds of +160. Allison caught 23 balls for 253 yards last season.
Mr. Wilson - Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson enjoyed a fine 2017 campaign, passing for an NFL-leading 34 touchdowns. Still, he finds himself situated well off the pace when it comes to speculating who will lead this department in 2018. Bovada has Wilson slotted in as the co-ninth betting option to lead the NFL in TD passes at odds of +1600. Bet365 puts him as the co-eighth choice in this betting market, also at odds of +1600.
Any way you slice it, those numbers are spectacular when compared to the digits aligned next to Raiders quarterback David Carr. Bet365 has Carr at odds of +3300 to be the NFL leader in TD passes. Bovada puts Carr even further afield in this market at odds of +4000. But they like him at odds of +3300 to throw the most interceptions during the 2018 season. Last season, Carr wound up tied for 12th in TD passes with 22, while his 13 interceptions earned Carr a share of seventh place in the rankings.
Coming To Their Defense - Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack is a top contender for the NFL's defensive player of the year according to the oddsmakers at Bet365. The sportsbook positions Mack at odds of +500 in their future book on the award, sharing the favorite's position with Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt. At odds of +1400, Mack is Bet365's co-seventh choice to lead the NFL in quarterback sacks.
Bobby Socks - Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner is listed at +3300 by Bet365 to be the NFL's defensive player of the year, but he's right there among the favorites to top the NFL in tackles and assists. Wagner is the co-sixth option in this betting market at odds of +1600. Wagner led the NFL in tackles last season with 97 and was seventh in total with a combination of 133 tackles and assists. Seahawks safety Earl Thomas is pegged at odds of +5000 to be the NFL's defensive player of the year.