Raiders vs. Broncos Week 17 Prediction
AFC West rivals will meet in Denver on Sunday when the Broncos host the Raiders at 4:25 p.m. ET. With no playoff berths on the line for either team, what’s the best bet in this matchup? The Broncos are 2-point home dogs while the total sits at 50.5.
129 Las Vegas Raiders (-2.5) at 130 Denver Broncos (+2.5); o/u 50.5
4:25 p.m. ET, Sunday, January 3, 2021
Venue: Empower Field at Mile High, Denver, CO
Las Vegas Raiders DFS Spin
Derek Carr completed 21-of-34 passes for 336 yards and a touchdown in the Raiders' Week 16 loss to the Dolphins. Carr is typically thought of as a check-down heavy passer but he flipped that script versus the Dolphins' stingy secondary. Five of his completions went for more than 15 yards including a beautifully thrown deep ball to Nelson Agholor that was turned into an 85-yard score with the help of some Agholor YAC. Carr also hit Darren Waller on multiple long passes in tight coverage. If it weren't for Ryan Fitzpatrick's heroics at the end of the game, the narrative coming out of Week 16 would likely be that Carr carried the Raiders to a victory and a shot at the playoffs. Carr remains a solid QB2 option against the Broncos next week.
Denver Broncos DFS Spin
Drew Lock is tied with Carson Wentz for the league lead with 15 interceptions. That Wentz is still atop the INT leader board after riding the pine for three weeks is remarkable. Lock threw another two picks Sunday against the Chargers in the Broncos' 19-16 loss. Lock, who has the lowest completion rate in the NFL, has a turnover in every game this year except the season opener. He's been a disaster throughout the 2020 season. His performance will force the Broncos to once again rethink their future at quarterback, though general manager John Elway seems intent on giving Lock every chance to fail.
Raiders vs. Broncos Betting Prediction
The under has cashed in 10 of the last 11 meetings between these two teams and is a perfect 5-0 in the last five meetings in Denver. The under is also 5-2 in the Raiders’ last seven games played in January, is 7-3 in their last 10 games when facing an opponent with a losing record and has cashed in 19 of their last 26 divisional games.
On the other side, the under is 6-1 in the Broncos’ last seven games played in January, is 4-1 in their last five divisional games and is 4-0 in their last four games coming off an ATS loss. The under is 5-2 in Denver’s last seven games overall and is 5-2 in its last seven games as an underdog.
NFL WEEK 17 BETTING PREDICTION: RAIDERS/BRONCOS UNDER 50.5