Monday night’s game could be the Raiders’ last in Oakland. That’s the number one story line in this game considering it’s a pair of non-playoff teams battling on Christmas Eve. There is much speculation and uncertainty on where this franchise will play next year, but they are bound for Las Vegas in the 2020 season.
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These two teams met back in week two of the season with the Broncos scoring a 20-19 win. Brandon McManus kicked a game winning field goal with six seconds left to give Denver the win. Phillip Lindsay rushed for 107 yards on 14 carries for his first career 100+ rushing game.
The Broncos have won seven of the last 10 games played against the Raiders dating back to December of 2013. However, the Raiders hold the all-time series lead with a record of 62-52-2.
Head-to-head the favourite is 10-2-1 against the spread in the last 13 meetings, but the home team is 4-1 ATS in the last five games.
There are two games left in the Broncos season and likely two games left in the Vance Joseph era in Denver.
After enjoying a bye week in week 10, the Broncos rattled off three straight wins against the Chargers, Steelers, and Bengals and saw the light to a playoff spot. But that was quickly followed up by back-to-back losses to the lowly 49ers and Browns and now they are on the outside looking in and eliminated from the post season.
Expectations were high when the team signed free agent Quarterback Case Keenum, but Keenum’s best effort this season was average at best. The Broncos are ranked 18th in total offence (352.8), pretty much the middle of the pack.
A bright spot has been the play of Running back Phillip Lindsay. He’s had an unprecedented season as the first undrafted offensive rookie to make a Pro Bowl. Lindsay has 991 rushing yards this season and is 114 yards away from breaking the undrafted rookie rushing rookie record held by Dominic Rhodes.
The Raiders are coming off a 30-16 loss to the Bengals this past Sunday afternoon. They are now 3-11 this season, and have won two of their last 10 games. The team struggled to move the ball against the Bengals 32nd ranked defence, and only managed 68 total yards rushing as a team against the 29th ranked rush defence.
The defence has been atrociously bad this season. They have failed to hold any opponent they have faced to under 20 points in a game. They have allowed a league high 29.9 points per game (on average). They are also 32nd against stopping the rush averaging 146.4 yards per game which isn’t good news for them considering they are facing Phillip Lindsay this week.
Derek Carr has gone nine straight games without throwing an interception which is currently the NFL’s longest active streak. He leads an offence ranked 23rd in the NFL in total yards averaging 343.9 yards per game. Carr’s passing attack is ranked 14th averaging 244.9 yards per game.