Raiders vs. Broncos Point Spread: NFL Week 17 Odds, Prediction

Payton Matthews | Updated Dec 23, 2019

Derek Carr, Raiders, 2019

Could this be the final game in a Raiders uniform for Derek Carr? He has been the team’s starter since 2014, but there is plenty of talk that the two parties will split at season's end.

Las Vegas
7-9
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December 29, 2019, 4:25 PM ET
Empower Field at Mile High
Denver
7-9
Pointspread +3.5 -110
Moneyline +174
Over / Under o +41

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Pointspread -3.5 -110
Moneyline -210
Over / Under u +41

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Sunday in Denver to close the 2019 regular season will be the final game for the “Oakland” Raiders with the Silver & Black heading to Las Vegas starting next year. Then again, if the Raiders win and get plenty of help their season won’t be over.

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

Coach Jon Gruden’s Raiders are 7-8 yet they still have a pulse to earn the AFC’s final Wild-Card spot. To even have a shot entering Week 17, Oakland needed five things to go its way in Week 16. They all did: The Raiders and Colts won, while the Steelers, Titans and Browns each lost.

This Sunday to reach the playoffs, Oakland needs to pull the upset in Denver and have Pittsburgh lose in Baltimore, Tennessee lose in Houston and Indianapolis win in Jacksonville. Not impossible all happen as the Ravens and Texans have nothing to play for with post-season spots clinched (thus both teams likely to rest many starters) and Jacksonville imploding. The problem for the Raiders is that both the Steelers and Titans are also fighting for that final Wild-Card spot so they will be going all-out on Sunday.

The Broncos are simply playing out the string under first-year coach Vic Fangio. Denver looks to avoid the season sweep as it lost in Oakland in Week 1, 24-16. Joe Flacco was the Broncos’ QB then but is now out for the season and probably won’t be back with the team in 2020. Josh Jacobs rushed for two scores in his NFL debut for Oakland. Derek Carr was 22-for-26 for 259 yards and a score.

The home team is 6-1 against the spread in the past seven meetings. The under is 6-0 in the previous six.

Oakland Raiders

Could this be the final game in a Raiders uniform for Carr? He has been the team’s starter since his 2014 rookie season and is having a pretty good year, but the Raiders can largely walk away from Carr without financial penalty in the off-season and Gruden reportedly wants to bring in a young quarterback he can tutor. Carr was excellent in this past Sunday’s 24-17 win at the Chargers, which ended Oakland’s four-game losing streak. He was 26-for-30 for 291 yards and a TD.

Jacobs is having a terrific season in setting numerous franchise rookie records in rushing for 1,150 yards and seven scores. He’s likely to win NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year but missed Week 16 with a shoulder injury and is in question for Sunday. DeAndre Washington started for him vs. the Chargers and had 85 yards and a score on 23 carries. Oakland is 6-15-1 ATS in its past 22 road games.

Denver Broncos

The Broncos drafted quarterback Drew Lock out of Missouri in the second round of the 2019 draft, but he didn’t debut until earlier this month after coming off injured reserve. Lock improved to 3-1 as a starter with a 27-17 home win over Detroit in Week 16. He was 25-for-33 for 192 yards and a score. Lock hasn’t been putting up huge numbers in his four games but wins are all that matter, and he might finally be the answer under centre the team has been looking for since Peyton Manning retired.

Phillip Lindsay rushed for 109 yards and a score vs. Detroit, his most rushing yards since Week 5. Two starting offensive linemen missed the game vs. the Lions due to injury and then two more left injured. The Broncos are 4-1 ATS in their past five at home.

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