Denver (3-5) at Las Vegas (5-3)
The Raiders have the upper hand in this storied rivalry at 64-53-2. This includes a 36-25 record in the Raiders’ home stadiums. The then-Oakland Raiders won 24-16 at home last season but dropped a 16-15 decision in Denver on the last day of the season as they failed on a two-point conversion after a touchdown on the game’s last play.
Las Vegas has won two in a row and three out of the last four, including two AFC West encounters vs. the Chiefs and Chargers. Denver has become competitive in winning three of its last five and two of those were on the road at the New York Jets and at New England. The Raiders have won two out of the last three games in the series, but the last two Broncos wins were by one point each.
Vs. The Spread
Both teams are 5-3 vs. the spread. The over-under bears watching with the Raiders as they are a masterful 7-1 while the Broncos check-in at 5-3. Vegas is 1-2 ATS at home while Denver is 3-1 on the road.
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Denver Broncos||+4½ (-110)||+185||O 50½ (-110)|
|Las Vegas Raiders||-4½ (-110)||-215||U 50½ (-110)|
Las Vegas tipped the LA Chargers, 31-26, in a thriller and speaking of tips, backup cornerback Isaiah Johnson broke up two passes in the end zone on the game’s final two plays. The Raiders had a two-pronged rushing attack with Devontae Booker (68) and Josh Jacobs (65) providing 133 of their 162 yards rushing. The Las Vegas rushing attack is currently ninth in the NFL at 131.3 yards per game.
Denver spotted Atlanta two different 21-point leads in the second half before closing the game in the fourth quarter as Drew Lock hit Tim Patrick on a 9-yard touchdown pass and then scored from 10 yards out late in the fourth in the 34-27 loss. Lock came alive against the Falcons’ zone late in the game as the Falcons led 34-13 with 9:05 to play.
Silver and Black Attack
Jacobs is second in the AFC in rushing yards with 588 as Booker – a former Bronco – has become a nice change up. Denver has had problems vs. the run in giving up 119 yards rushing per game. While the Raiders and Broncos sit at (-4) and (-7), respectively, in turnover margin, it might be a feeding frenzy for the Raiders secondary as Denver quarterbacks have thrown 12 interceptions – six by Lock. Raiders defensive end Max Crosby figures into this equation as well as he had six tackles and a sack last week and has a tackle-for-loss in five of the last six games.
It stands to reason that the Broncos are going to try to accentuate their passing game as former Alabama teammates in the Broncos’ Jerry Jeudy and the Raiders’ Henry Ruggs, III, will matchup for the first time. Jeudy had seven catches for 125 yards and a touchdown last week in Atlanta as he has hit a higher gear. Watch KJ Hamler as a complement to Jeudy as he posted six catches for 75 yards in Atlanta. Defensively, the Broncos have to account for Raiders tight end Darren Waller on third down as he has 13 catches for 113 yards.
NFL Betting Predictions
Winner: Las Vegas (-4½) 34, Denver 24
Over-under: Take Over O 50½