Raiders vs. Broncos Point Spread: NFL Week 2 Odds, Prediction

Charlie Grant | Thu. Sep 13 2018, 08:09 am

Derek Carr and the Oakland Raiders struggled mightily to put up points in Week 1 and now face Von Miller and a fierce Denver Broncos defense in Week 2.

The Under is 5-1 in the last six meetings between these two AFC West foes and this is the highest total in the rivalry since 2014.

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

Sports Interaction opened this line with the Broncos set as 6-point home favourites. The spread temporarily dipped a half point to 5.5 but it climbed back up to -6. The two teams split the season series last year with the home side coming away with the win and cover each time.

Oakland’s offence is in a steep decline. The club finished seventh in points scored (26 per game) in 2016 when it won 12 of 16 regular season contests. But the Raiders averaged just 18.8 points per game a year ago and opened the 2018 campaign with just 13 points on the board. The Under is 8-0 in Oakland’s last eight games.

Denver won but failed to cover as a 3-point home favourite against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. The push makes the Broncos just 2-10-1 against the spread in its last 13 games overall, but they are still 7-1-2 ATS in their last 10 games in September.

Oakland Raiders

Carr is the person Raider backers want to see improvement from in Week 2. The quarterback was picked off three times against the Rams and failed to find pay dirt with any of his 40 pass attempts.

New head coach Jon Gruden earned a reputation as a person who fell in and out of love with his quarterbacks when he was coaching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Raiders last decade. Oakland needs Gruden to bring out the QB Carr played like in 2016 when he passed for 28 TDs and just six INTs.

Denver Broncos

Miller was the player of the game last weekend for the Broncos. The six-time Pro Bowler recorded three sacks against the usually elusive Russell Wilson.

Denver fans knew they could count on Miller and the rest of the stopper unit. The big question for this season was if they would get better play at quarterback with former Minnesota Viking Case Keenum taking over.

Only the Cleveland Browns finished with more turnovers a year ago than Denver. Keenum didn’t stop the turnover problem, but he didn’t have the same issue moving the chains like his predecessors at the position either.

The Broncos averaged just 208.3 passing yards per game in 2017 with the three-headed monster of Trevor Siemian, Brock Osweiler and Paxton Lynch under centre. Keenum reached 329 yards through the air in his first game with Denver.

Raiders vs. Broncos Prediction

  • OAKLAND RAIDERS
    19
  • DENVER BRONCOS
    22
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