Raiders at Broncos Prediction
Which AFC West team will rebound today when the Broncos host the Raiders at 4:25PM ET?
Who: Raiders (2-1) at Broncos (2-1)
When: 4:25PM ET, Sunday, October 1
Where: Sports Authority Field, Denver, CO
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Broncos are 3-point home favorites versus the Raiders, who opened as 1-point home underdogs. As for the total, the number hit the board at 47 points but has been bet down to 46.
Oakland Raiders Betting Trends
The Raiders are 8-3 against the spread in their last 11 games versus AFC opponents, are 10-4 against the number in their last 14 road games, and is 5-1 against the spread in their last six games following a loss. That said, they're also just 1-8 against the number in their last nine games played in Week 4.
Denver Broncos Betting Trends
The Broncos are 8-3-2 against the spread in their last 13 home games, are 5-2 against the number in their last seven games played in Week 4, and are 9-4 at the betting window in their last 13 games played in October. That said, they're just 2-6-1 against the spread in their last nine games versus AFC West opponents and are 1-4-1 against the spread in their last six games played inside the conference.
OUR PREDICTION: Both of these teams had to fly cross-country last week and knew they were facing each other this week. Thus, both deserve a small reprieve for losing their respective Week 3 matchups. The question now is: Who will come out on top today? The Raiders have more problems offensively than what appears on the surface. Derek Carr is getting the ball out of his hand in a lightning-quick manner, which sounds good until you think about the big picture. If he's getting the ball out of his hand fast, then he's not allowing deeper routes to develop down field. That leads to a lot of dink-and-dunking, which is problematic versus the Broncos. Teams need to exploit matchups against Denver's linebackers because the Broncos' secondary is so good. If you can't do that, you're not going to beat the Broncos, especially in Denver. Long story short, with Michael Crabtree doubtful and the Raiders playing on the road again, I'll lay the field goal and take Denver this afternoon.
NFL WEEK 4 PREDICTIONS: DENVER BRONCOS -3