Broncos vs. Raiders Point Spread: NFL Week 18 Odds, Prediction

Edgar Chaput | Updated Jan 03, 2024

NFL: Las Vegas Raiders at Denver Broncos

Another NFL campaign concludes with a Broncos-Raiders match that will be played for pride more than anything else.

January 07, 2024, 4:25 PM ET
Allegiant Stadium
Las Vegas
Pointspread -16.5 -165
Pointspread ++16.5 +125

For two franchises as storied as the Denver Broncos and the Raiders, be they from Las Vegas or elsewhere, their fans witness a lot of late-campaign skirmishes with little more than pride at stake. Such is the case again with the Week 18 edition in January 2024. Las Vegas’ playoff ambitions evaporated with the defeat in Indianapolis last Sunday. Denver hosted and defeated the Chargers, but other results in the AFC eliminated them regardless.

The NFL odds look favourably upon the silver and black, pegging them at -2.5.

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If things have been bad enough for years with the Raiders, consider that the Broncos have lost nine of the last 10 games against them. That included a sluggish Week 1 victory for Vegas in the Mile High City, 17-16. To put things into perspective, the last time the Broncos won a tête-à-tête as the visitors was in 2015 when Peyton Manning was the quarterback and the Raiders were based in Oakland.

It seems unbelievable that after the disaster that was the 2022 season, the Broncos conclude 2023 with as much if not more controversy. How it could not be the case when the team is out of playoff contention with Russell Wilson as QB and the always-fiery Sean Payton as head coach? Wilson signed a lucrative contract with Denver in 2022 and now word on the street is that he may not even be wearing their colours come September. ATS the club has amassed a mediocre 6-9-1 tally.

Not that there are many bright spots in Vegas. Was that a pun about the club’s crest and colours? Perhaps, but the reality is that the team was supposed to be better than a 7-9 outfit heading into the final week with no more to fight for than providing Raider Nation modest bragging rights. They may enjoy defeating the Broncos, but at the expense of an awful first half of a season with Josh McDaniels as head coach and Jimmy Garoppolo at QB? Hmm…At least Vegas is 9-5-2 ATS.

Denver Broncos

When the Week 17 Chargers game began there was technically still a chance the Denver Broncos could make the playoffs. Pittsburgh’s victory in Seattle at the same time put an end to that, but the product on the field with Jarret Stidham under centre must have left many non-plussed.

L.A. was one of the worst defensive units of the entire NFL this season, yet this played out like a 16-9 slugfest in Denver’s favour. The only big play – and it was amazing – was WR Lil’Jordan Humphrey performing second quarter, 54-yard scamper to the end zone during which he evaded pretty much the entire Chargers secondary. Denver’s defence wasn’t severely challenged, but limiting the opposition to 2-for-11 on third down is always nice. LB Alex Singleton had himself a day with 11 total tackles, seven of them solo. That Denver was involved in a once-score again against the Chargers at home late in the fourth with their playoff hopes on the line said more than enough.

Las Vegas Raiders

The Las Vegas Raiders went from the highest of highs by besting the Chiefs on Christmas Day to the excruciating low of missing the playoffs against the Colts.

Then again, the defence won the game in Kansas City. That side of the ball once again played relatively well, even if it missed a beat, especially against the run (134 yards). The issue is the offence. There can’t possibly be many people who think Aidan O’Connell is the undisputed answer to what ails Las Vegas at the quarterback position. Yes, 299 yards to two scores (both to Davante Adams) look nice, but one was with less than a minute left and nearly all hope lost. The kid has Adams, Jakobi Meyers, and Hunter Renfrow to throw to. It’s not as if he’s lacking options. When all was said and done, the Raiders fell 23-20.

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