NFL Preseason 2014: 5 Bold Predictions For Oakland Raiders vs. Green Bay Packers

NFL Preseason 2014: 5 Bold Predictions For Oakland Raiders vs. Green Bay Packers

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The Green Bay Packers have not been anywhere near perfect during the preseason so far. However, they have made significant gains and have already come together as a team to imrpove both offensively and defensively. The Raiders are doing much of the same, but their progress is coming much more slowly. Here are five predictions for this Friday's contest between these two teams.

5. James Jones Will Catch For 75 Yards

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5. James Jones Will Catch For 75 Yards

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Letting James Jones walk was a somewhat controversial move by the Packers. However, their wide receiver squad looks at least as strong as it was last year. Jones is a talented receiver who is eager to have a good performance against his old team. He knows the Packers' defensive schemes and it will be surprising if the Packers' secondary is able to shut him down for long.

4. Raiders' QBs Will Be Sacked Five Times

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4. Raiders' QBs Will Be Sacked Five Times

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While the Packers' pass rush has yet to be conclusively proven this year, they do boast impressive skill. With young players with pass rushing abilities such as Josh Boyd, Jayrone Elliott and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix adding to the prowess of older players such as Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers (who admittedly has done little so far in this offseason), the Packers look set to dismantle Oakland's offensive line and cause the QB's to have a rough day.

3. Khalil Mack Will Get Two Sacks

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3. Khalil Mack Will Get Two Sacks

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The Packers' offensive line has looked shaky and undisciplined so far in this preseason. They have earned significant penalties and are quite young overall. They have not done a great job of protecting their quarterbacks and an aggressive and dominating pass rusher like Mack may well rip through them on a few plays.

2. Packers Will Win By At Least 14

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2. Packers Will Win By At Least 14

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Going into this game, the Packers are the notably better team. On offense, they boast better running backs, quarterbacks and receivers. Offensive lines are comparable. On defense, the Packers have better linebackers, a much better, albeit youthful secondary, and I consider them to have a slight edge on the defensive line. The Raiders will simply not be able able to keep up.

1. Green Bay's Offense Will Pass For 300 Yards

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1. Green Bay's Offense Will Pass For 300 Yards

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This one is plain and simple. Green Bay has one of the most gifted quarterbacks in the league, two backups who are performing well and a top five wide receiver lineup. Oakland, on the other hand, has a group of defensive backs that even their coaches do not trust. It's a recipe for an entertaining afternoon for Cheese-heads, as the Packers' offense will essentially be able to carry on as they please against the Raiders.

Chris Langton is a writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Langtron57, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.


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