The latest season of "Hard Knocks" debuted on HBO on Tuesday night, providing a glimpse of the Oakland Raiders training camp as they prepare for the 2019 NFL season.
Episode highlights included the current status of Antonio Brown's troublesome feet, rookie safety Jonathan Abram debating the pronunciation of salmon and a celebrity sighting from Raiders super fan Guy Fieri.
The Raiders are set to kick off their preseason against the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday, Aug. 10, and for those of you considering a bet on the Raiders in that game, you might want to think again.
Recent betting history has not been kind to teams featured on Hard Knocks, as they've combined for a 99-103-6 record against the spread (ATS) in the regular season, and that data dates back to the Baltimore Ravens' debut season in 2001. In the preseason, Hard Knocks' teams have gone 21-30 ATS.
Those numbers were even worse heading into last season as the Cleveland Browns managed to go 10-6 ATS in the regular season and 3-1 ATS in the preseason last year.
The Raiders are coming off a 4-12 season, but are looking to improve on that mark in 2019 with the addition of All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown. While he was noticeably limited during the Hard Knocks premiere, we've since found out that the wideout is dealing with frostbite from a cryogenic chamber mishap.
As long as AB gets back on his feet, we'll see if the Raiders can buck the trend of other Hand Knocks participants in the 2019 NFL season.
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