Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders: Preview and Pick
- Updated: December 28, 2013
The Denver Broncos are having a milestone season. Peyton Manning just broke a record for most touchdown passes thrown in the regular season and the Broncos are going to capture the AFC West and home field advantage throughout the regular season barring a meltdown in the final week of the season. The Oakland Raiders will not be going to the playoffs, but they would not mind giving the Broncos a loss to start next season on a good note.
Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders Preview
The NFL odds for this game opened up with the Broncos listed as double digit chalk. The Broncos opened up at (-10.5) and for the sports betting public, that wasn’t enough. The early wagering is on Manning and the Broncos as over 65 percent is on the road team. This has caused a shift in the betting line as the point spread has jumped to (-11.5) at several of the top rated online sportsbooks.
The Raiders are losing badly and the main problem is penalties. If it did not sting enough that 15 flags were thrown at the Raiders and that a season-high 12 penalties were accepted (in fact, it is the most penalties ever levied at Oakland under second-year coach Dennis Allen, along with the dozen they had last year at Atlanta), consider this: Six penalties resulted in Chargers first downs. This is not a championship caliber team and they will have trouble keeping pace with the Broncos in this season ender. The Broncos still have something to play for.
The latest football betting trends for this game reveal that the Broncos have the edge in this season finale. Denver is 4-1 straight up in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Oakland and the total has gone over in 6 of Denver’s last 8 games when playing Oakland. However from a betting standpoint Denver is 5-10 against the spread (ATS) in its last 15 games when playing Oakland although Denver is 11-2 straight up in its last 13 games on the road.
Oakland is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Denver and 4-9 ATS in its last 13 games at home. Oakland is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games and Oakland is 0-5 straight up in its last 5 games overall.
Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders Pick
With plenty of time before kickoff we will wait for more information to come in before we select a side on this contest. Make sure to check the forum during the week and on the day of the game to get the latest and most up to date information on the game.