|Written by Jerry Santiago|
NFL football fans have renewed optimism for the Oakland Raiders heading into the 2009 sports betting season as new coach Tom Cable has brought a new and improved attitude. NFL football gambling with the Raiders has been one of the least profitable sports betting endeavors since their 2002 AFC championship season but this year may be different.
The Oakland Raiders will enter the NFL football preseason with a potential fight on hand for the starting quarterback position as last year’s starter, JaMarcus Russell, is going to face a challenge from veteran signal caller Jeff Garcia. Garcia spent the 2008 sports betting season with Tampa Bay and originally began his career across the bay from Oakland with the San Francisco 49ers.
The Raiders finished the 2008 NFL betting season with a record of 5-11 but won their last 2 games, which was a factor in Cable getting the full time gig for this NFL football season after serving as interim coach last year.
While Russell will be challenged by Garcia, the Raiders have invested a lot in him and will give him every chance to keep the starting job for the 2009 NFL football season. Russell may get some additional playing time in the NFL football preseason in order to work out any potential kinks and make him better prepared for the regular season. But Garcia will also get a fair amount of playing time in the 2009 NFL football preseason which will make for a nice advantage on the board for Oakland.
New defensive coordinator John Marshall will try and bring some changes to the Raiders as far as tactics during the NFL football preseason and bring a more diversified philosophy. The Raiders are considered to have better than average personnel on defense and this could also make them a good value in the NFL football exhibition season.
The Raiders have had very little in positive news since that super bowl run in 2002 and they are hoping that Cable can lead them back to respectability or even a possible wild card berth in the weak AFC west division this year.
Bet on the MLBGamblers might feel compelled to place their baseball bets on San Francisco. Rival evaluators who scouted the Giants’ offensive work during spring training all left thinking the same thing; pitchers from opposing teams will have to dig deep. Similar to the Kansas City Royals of the previous two years, the Giants are not known for striking out too often.