Raiders Still Facing Long Odds Despite 3-0 Start

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  • Raiders’ odds move forward in treacherous AFC West
  • Oddmakers favoring Chiefs despite 1-2 start
  • Carr, Herbert moving forward on MVP boards

Quarterback Derek Carr passed for 386 yards, and the Las Vegas Raiders overcame a 14-0 deficit to stop the Miami Dolphins, 31-28, in overtime on Sunday.

As the Raiders have started 3-0 for the first time since 2003, oddsmakers acknowledge their start as they are now at (+550), but guess what? Those odds are still the highest in the AFC West.

Despite its 1-2 start, Kansas City (+100) is still the favorite with 3-0 Denver at (+300) odds and the LA Chargers (+350).

Going into the season on Sept. 9, Kansas City was a prohibitive favorite at (-275), with the Chargers sitting at (+500) and Denver at (+600).

The Heart of a Champion

Kansas City led the LA Chargers, 17-14 at the end of the third quarter yesterday, but Chargers QB Justin Herbert led drives of 11 and eight plays which ended in two TD passes of 20 and four yards to Mike Williams, and the Bolts took a 30-24 win back to southern California.

Regardless, the Chiefs are still the favorite to win the AFC as they are nursing (+300) odds while the Chargers and Broncos are at (+1000) with Las Vegas catching (+2200).

Other NFL sportsbooks cite Kansas City at (+200) with the Chargers posting (+800) as Denver is back to (+1100) and the Raiders moving forward at (+1400).

Kansas City still has slipped behind Tampa Bay (+550) as the oddsmakers have set the Chiefs down with (+650) odds to win the Super Bowl.

The Chiefs were the favorites through the preseason and into last week, where they were catching (+450), with the Bucs enjoying a (+500) number.

Pat Mahomes is at (+450) to post the most passing touchdowns and (+500) to pass for the most yards. Both are second to Tom Brady in each category.

Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill is tied with Rams receiver Cooper Kupp at (+1000) to win the receiving yardage title. Green Bay’s Davonte Adams leads right now at (+650).

Bucking the Trend

The Denver Broncos, who are posting (+2500) to win the Super Bowl, are like the Raiders in that they are a 3-0 team that no one cited at the beginning of the season.

The Broncos’ 26-0 win over the New York Jets on Sunday once again showed a young, improving defense do what you would have asked in a shutout of the hapless Jets, who had only 162 total yards. As Teddy Bridgewater is leading this team into contention in the AFC with (+1400) odds to win the conference, that Denver defense has been on the money in the first three games in allowing only two touchdowns. Denver started the season with odds at (+650) to win the AFC West and (+2500) to win the AFC.

Bridgewater is doing what he does best in managing the clock and putting this offense in solid positions to win. He now lists odds at (+5000) to win the NFL MVP after sitting at (+6600).

“The Autumn Wind is a Pirate …”

Las Vegas has the No. 1 offense in the NFL as it is churning out 471 yards per game.

Quarterback Derek Carr is off to his best start at quarterback in his career.

Carr has thrown for 400.7 yards per game in the first three as he has six TD tosses vs. two interceptions. Carr has moved up to (+2000), although he is posted at (+2500) in some sports.

Carr is also sitting at (+550) to throw for the most yards in the NFL, which is fourth behind Tom Brady (+350), Patrick Mahomes (+500), and Dak Prescott (+500).

Please Note:
The Raiders’ odds to win the AFC are posted at (+2200), but they can be bought for as low as (+1600) in several places.

John Gruden’s program is taking baby steps to the top, and maybe this year, it’s a leap. The Raiders had (+500) last season after Week 6 and were sitting at (+350) through Week 12 in 2019.

Leading the Charge

Chargers QB Justin Herbert has performed in the clutch all season as he had the two aforementioned TD tosses to Mike Williams in the second half to allow Los Angeles to pass Kansas City at Arrowhead Stadium yesterday.

Herbert’s MVP odds are moving closer to the top as he is now at (+1200) after three games. He has completed 69.8 percent of his passes for 327.7 yards per game.

The former Oregon Duck posts odds at sixth (+1000) on the board in accruing the most passing yardage while wide receivers Keenan Allen (+1600) and Mike Williams post at (+2000) to post the most receiving yards.

Los Angeles posted (+2500) odds to win the Super Bowl as they started at (+3000).
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Kenneth Cross / Author

Kenneth Cross is a new entry to The Sports Geek staff as he has 25 years of experience in print, broadcast, and internet sports journalism. Cross is a lover of all sports, but college basketball is his passion. He estimates that he has seen around 1,500 college basketball games - live and in-person - and hopes that grows this season. If you listen to Radio, you have likely heard him on Sundays covering the Carolina Panthers for some 20 years. Now in Tampa Bay, he works as a national radio correspondent.

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