Both the Oakland Raiders and Denver Broncos were road favourites in Week 3 of the NFL season, but both teams went splat in double-digit losses. The AFC West rivals square off for the first of two meetings this Sunday with the Broncos opening as 2-point favourites on the NFL odds board.
Oakland Raiders vs. Denver Broncos
When: Sunday, 4:25 PM ET
Where: Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Point Spread: Broncos -2
Point Spread and Betting Analysis
Both the Raiders and Broncos are 2-1 straight up and a game behind the Kansas City Chiefs, the AFC’s lone remaining unbeaten, in the AFC West. Oakland has covered the spread in two of its three games, while the Broncos are 1-1-1 ATS. In this series, Denver has won eight of the past 10 meetings as a favourite and covered in seven of the 10.
Last year, the Broncos were -1 at home in Week 17 and beat the Raiders 24-6 to hand the AFC West title to the Chiefs and send Oakland to the wild-card game in Houston. The Raiders were without star QB Derek Carr, however, due to a broken leg. In their Week 9 game in Oakland, the Raiders were 1-point favourites and won 30-20. Carr played in that one, but it was Oakland’s running game that did most of the damage with 218 yards and three touchdowns on 43 carries. Trevor Siemian was 18-for-37 for 283 yards, two TDs and a pick for the Broncos.
This writer previewed Oakland’s Week 3 Sunday night game at Washington and recommended the buying up the Redskins to 3.5 and taking them. Turns out those points weren’t needed as Washington shut down what had been the NFL’s highest-scoring offense in a 27-10 victory. The Raiders were 0-for-11 on third down and finished with only 128 total yards, seven first downs and three turnovers.
Carr was sacked four times after going down just twice combined in the first two games. It was a shocking result because the Redskins’ defense isn’t all that great. The Oakland defense was on the field all night, it seemed, and wilted by allowing 472 yards. One injury to monitor is to Raiders receiver Michael Crabtree, who left in the third quarter with a chest injury. He has 170 yards and three TD catches on the season.
The Broncos were 3.5-point favourites Sunday in Buffalo and lost 26-16 in their first road game of the season. Denver outgained Buffalo 366-272 but had 10 penalties and three turnovers (no giveaways for the Bills) and was stopped on fourth down twice. That might have been a letdown game, though, as Denver was off a big home win over Dallas and playing in an early kickoff window (11 a.m. Denver time). On the bright side, starting left tackle Garett Bolles did play after it was feared he had suffered a major injury in Week 2.
Raiders vs. Broncos Prediction
Denver has won four of the past five meetings at home, covering three. Broncos take this one by a field goal.