You may not realize but the Raiders are officially still in the playoff mix. A LOT has to fall their way but it’s not impossible for this team to sneak in. Most importantly, this team needs a win in Denver but they have a tough matchup ahead. The Broncos have been tough defensively even though the Raiders beat them in Week 1, 24-16. The tight end position has been one of their biggest weaknesses, so Darren Waller could make some noise as he has been lately. The Raiders could continue to be without Josh Jacobs, who according to his Instagram account had undergone surgery, although nothing has been confirmed by the team. Jacobs rushed for two touchdowns and 85 yards in his Week 1 debut against this team, making him a pivotal player to be active if he can go. The Broncos are allowing an average of 94 rushing and 34 receiving per game to opposing backs.
The Broncos, meanwhile, are playing for pride in the final week. They’ll have one more week to look at Drew Lock, who is coming off a disappointing game against the Lions. Throwing for only 192 yards and a touchdown, the Broncos still managed a win thanks in large part to Phillip Lindsay. The problem with Lindsay is he’s easily scripted out of a game where the Broncos are behind and has a tough time overcoming tough run defenses. The Raiders are one of those defenses so it may not be the best spot for him. He only rushed for 43 yards on 11 carries in Week 1, for what it’s worth. The Broncos have a legitimate chance to play spoiler in this game with how good they’ve been defensively, so don’t sleep on that scenario playing out here.
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Raiders at Broncos
Point Spread: Broncos -3.5
Total Points: 41
Money Line: Raiders +145; Broncos -165
Overall: Raiders 7-8; Broncos 6-9
ATS: Raiders 7-8; Broncos 9-6
O/U: Raiders 7-8; Broncos 7-8
Players to watch: G Richie Incognito (ankle), G Gabe Jackson (knee), RB Josh Jacobs (shoulder, illness), S Lamarcus Joyner (calf, quadricep), CB Trayvon Mullen (neck, concussion), WR Tyrell Williams (foot), C Rodney Hudson (ankle)
Players to watch: T Ja’Wuan James (knee), G Ronald Leary (concussion), T Elijah Wilkinson (ankle), DE Dre’Mont Jones (ankle), LB Joseph Jones (back), S Will Parks (hand), WR Tim Patrick (shoulder), DT Mike Purcell (shoulder, knee), LB Malik Reed (ankle), DE DeMarcus Walker (ankle)ak
Notable Prop Bets
- Raiders under 21.5 points -112
- Raiders under 9.5 points 1H -115
- Broncos over 10.5 points 1H +104
- Broncos over 2.5 touchdowns +117
- Broncos over 21.5 points -117
- The Raiders have lost each of their last eight Week 17 games.
- The Broncos have covered the spread in each of their last four games against teams that held a losing record.
- Each of the Raiders’ last 13 road games against AFC West opponents have gone UNDER the total points line.
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