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Raiders, Packers play on 80-yard field due to turf issues in Winnipeg

Raiders, Packers play on 80-yard field due to turf issues in Winnipeg

The Raiders’ trip to Canada is not going well. They gave away a preseason home game to play the Green Bay Packers in Winnipeg and, let’s be honest, decrease the rent owed to the Oakland Coliseum.

The exhibition has been compromised by concerns over the artificial playing surface at IG Field, host to a CFL team and a professional soccer club. Most notably, by a hole in one of the end zones.

Canadian football is played on different field dimensions, so the place where CFL goal posts are is right in the middle of an NFL end zone.

Officials grew concerned about the issue, and after an attempt to remedy the issue and several discussions between Raiders and Packers officials, the teams decided to play on an 80-yard field. Officials put pylons on the 10-yard line to mark the start of the end zone. They eliminated kickoffs, though punting was permitted. 

Yeah, you read that right.

“Tonight’s game is being played on a reconfigured field,” the NFL said in a statement. “The field met mandatory practices for the maintenance of surfaces for NFL games based on an inspection yesterday.


“Concerns arose today surrounding the area where the Blue Bombers’ goal posts were previous located. The 10-yard line will function as the goal line in this game. In lieu of kickoffs, the ball will be placed at the 15-yard line.”

It was a solution decided just before the proposed 5 p.m. Thursday night kickoff, one made to salvage the experience for a market new to NFL football and get some work in just a few weeks before the regular season begins.

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The Raiders weren’t expected to play their frontline starters before all this. The Packers pulled all of their impact starters, including quarterback Aaron Rodgers and receiver Davante Adams.

The Raiders followed suit. They didn't play quarterback Derek Carr and every other offensive starter. Maurice Hurst and Brandon Marshall were the only frontline defensive players in the game. The Silver and Black even sat second-line players expected to be impactful this season.

Why NBC Sports' Josh Norris has faith in Josh Jacobs, Raiders' O-line

Why NBC Sports' Josh Norris has faith in Josh Jacobs, Raiders' O-line

Following a bye week for the fantasy outlook is a lot like a box of chocolates ... you don't know what you're going to get.

Josh Jacobs and the Raiders head into Week 7 with a game against the Green Bay Packers. and the first-round draft pick's fantasy value will continue to rise according to NBC Sports analyst Josh Norris.

"Josh Jacobs right now is one -- the best player on the Oakland Raiders' offense, and two -- possibly a top-10 running back in the NFL by season's end," Norris told NBC Sports Bay Area. 

Norris wanted to also give credit to the Raiders' offensive line for how they performed against the Chicago Bears in the 24-21 win in Week 5. 

Despite the off week, Jacobs might continue to be a force to stay away from opposing teams. But if you're a Jacobs' owner, count your blessings.

Even against a tough Packers defense, his rookie campaign cannot be ignored.

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In the last outing for the running back, Jacobs ran for 123 yards with two touchdowns. That Packers D gives up 4.9 yards per carry and has allowed seven rushing touchdowns.

That's amazing news for owners. Start him if you weren't planning on it anyway.

Raiders-Packers odds, predictions: Betting lines, picks for NFL Week 7 game

Raiders-Packers odds, predictions: Betting lines, picks for NFL Week 7 game

The Raiders’ seemingly never-ending road trip continues as Oakland visits the Green Bay Packers for a Week 7 showdown.

Jon Gruden’s team won a physical Week 5 game over former Raiders edge rusher Khalil Mack and the Chicago Bears, 24-21, in London. 

Oakland will be without No. 1 receiver Tyrell Williams, who is dealing with plantar fasciitis. Davante Adams will also be out for Green Bay, leaving both Oakland and Green Bay without their top target.

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Line:

Caesars: GB -4.5 (-110)
Consensus: GB -4.5 (-110)
Westgate: GB -4.5  (-110)
Wynn: GB -4.5 (-110)

Here’s how NFL writers around the country see the Raiders-Packers matchup shaking out:

Paul Gutierrez, ESPN: Packers 27, Raiders 21
Rob Demovsky, ESPN: Packers 28, Raiders 24
Gregg Rosenthal, NFL.com: Packers 31, Raiders 24
Michael David Smith, Pro Football Talk: Packers 21, Raiders 20
Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk: Raiders 24, Packers 23
Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News: Packers 23, Raiders 19