Scouting report: Packers vs. Raiders in preseason football

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Raiders’ worldwide tour gets started in the preseason when they play a “home” exhibition against Green Bay in Canada.

Thursday will be the third time the Packers have played a preseason game outside the United States. Green Bay defeated the Bills 35-3 in Toronto on Aug. 16, 1997, and beat Kansas City 27-24 in overtime in Tokyo on Aug. 2, 1998.

Coach Matt LaFleur is looking forward to seeing wide receiver Trevor Davis make his preseason debut. The fourth-year pro, also a kick return specialist, returned to practice Sunday after dealing with a neck stinger.

Davis had more than 700 yards as a kick returner in 2017 but missed most of 2018 with hamstring injuries.

“I kind of always feel like I have something to prove,” he said. “Even if I was a fifth- or sixth- or seventh-year (player), I mean, either way it doesn’t really matter to me. I approach it the same every day. I come out here to compete and not feel like anything’s solidified ever.”

The Raiders will be the first team to play games in three countries in one season; they also will play a “home” game in the regular season in London against Chicago on Oct. 6.

“We’ll treat it like a normal road game,” coach Jon Gruden said of the visit to Winnipeg, Manitoba, on Thursday night. “We have to respond to a tough schedule. We are going to fly a lot of hours this year and we are going to play home games in foreign countries. It doesn’t sound right, but that’s the facts.”

Gruden will likely rest most of his regulars for this game, including quarterback Derek Carr and star receiver Antonio Brown. Brown has yet to make his Oakland debut as he has dealt with frostbitten feet and a fight with the NFL over his banned helmet.

TV LINEUP TONIGHT

5 p.m., 27 News at 5, on air or streaming on WKOW.com/LIVE

5:30 p.m., ABC World News Tonight

6 p.m., 27 News at 5, on air or streaming on WKOW.com/LIVE

6:30 p.m., Pregame on WKOW-TV with Lance Allen of the Packers TV Network.

7 p.m., Kickoff on WKOW-TV.

10 p.m., 27 News at 10 with complete highlights of the game on air or streaming on WKOW.com/LIVE

TELEVISION
Preseason games are televised over the 17-station Packers TV Network.

The broadcast team includes CBS’s Kevin Harlan (play-byplay) alongside fellow broadcaster and Pro Football Hall of Fame receiver James Lofton (analyst), with former Green Bay fullback John Kuhn and Lance Allan of WTMJ-TV serving as the sideline reporters. Allan will also host an informative half-hour pregame show.

Packers TV Network Stations:
WKOW/ABC, Madison, Wis.
WTMJ-TV, Milwaukee, Wis.
WGBA/NBC, Green Bay, Wis.
WAOW/ABC, Wausau/Rhinelander, Wis.
WXOW/ABC, La Crosse, Wis.
WQOW/ABC, Eau Claire, Wis.
WLUC/NBC, Escanaba/Marquette, Mich.
KQDS-TV/FOX, Duluth/Superior, Minn.
WHBF/CBS, Davenport, Iowa (Quad Citites)
KCCI/CBS, Des Moines, Iowa
KWWL/NBC, Cedar Rapids/Waterloo, Iowa
WMDB/CBS, Peoria, Ill.
KTVI/FOX, St. Louis, Mo.
KDLT/NBC, Sioux Falls, S.D.
KYUR/ABC, Anchorage, Alaska
KATN/ ABC, Fairbanks, Alaska
KJUD/ABC, Juneau, Alaska

RADIO
Milwaukee’s WTMJ (620 AM), airing Green Bay games since November 1929, heads up the Packers Radio Network that is made up of 50 stations in four states. Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) and two-time Packers Pro Bowler Larry McCarren (analyst) call the action. McCarren first joined the team’s broadcasts in 1995 and enters his 25th season calling Packers games. After originally being paired together in 1999, McCarren and Larrivee enter their 21st season of broadcasts together. They surpassed Jim Irwin and Max McGee for the most regular-season and postseason games broadcast for the Packers with 313 at the 2018 season opener against Chicago.
The radio broadcast is also available on Sirius Satellite Radio (SIRI 136, Streaming 811).

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