Broncos Raiders Betting – Oakland Looks To Finish Strong
The betting world is anticipating that the Denver Broncos will spend the next several months recovering from the damage that former head coach Josh McDaniels did. By the time that McDaniels was fired, the Broncos were in complete chaos. The Oakland Raiders are going in the other direction. Head coach Tom Cable is on the verge of creating a playoff contender in Oakland, and that has to make owner Al Davis smile at least a little bit.
- What: NFL betting
- When: Sunday, December 19th, 1:15 PM ET
- Where: Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, CA
- Pick: Oakland Raiders -6.5
What’s On The Line
The Oakland Raiders (6-7) were in the playoff hunt until a couple of weeks ago. In their last five games they went 2-3 and knocked themselves out of the playoffs. But Cable has seen the parts he has to work with and he feels he can make a winner out of this team. The Broncos (3-10) looked horrible with McDaniels and look horrible without him. Hidden in all of this is the fact that quarterback Kyle Orton is having a great season and can be the cornerstone that the Broncos build around.
Offensive Matchups: Broncos Raiders Betting
Orton is having a banner year. With three games left to play, he has 3,653 passing yards and 20 touchdowns. Considering how poorly the rest of the Broncos offense has played, especially the running game led by running back Knowshon “No Show” Moreno, those stats are incredible. But Orton is an island in an offense that is plagued with mistakes and poor play. The line cannot block and the receivers cannot hang on to the ball.
It looks like Tom Cable has settled on Jason Campbell as the quarterback of the Oakland Raiders, but that could change back to Bruce Gradkowski at any moment. Campbell offers a mobility that Gradkowski does not, and the Raiders offense is based on running the ball. Running back Darren McFadden has 993 rushing yards and seven touchdowns this season. Backup running back Michael Bush has five touchdowns. The Raiders running attack will be the cornerstone of next year’s offense.
Betting Edge: Raiders
Defensive Matchups: Broncos Raiders Betting
Offense sells tickets but defense wins championships, and the Raiders defense is getting better every week. Right now Oakland is ranked seventh against the pass only allowing 203 yards passing per game. But the linebackers still have some work to do as the Raiders are ranked 26th against the run allowing an average of 133 yards per game. The Raiders need a run-stuffer up the middle, and that may be what they go after in free agency when the season is over.
The one stat to look at for the Denver Broncos defense in this game is that the Broncos are ranked 31st against the run. A power-running team like the Raiders, with a mobile quarterback, has the potential to rack up huge yards against the Broncos defense. To make matters worse, the Broncos cornerbacks are having problems covering deep patterns. That gives Campbell an outlet if the run is not there.
Betting Edge: Raiders
Notable Injuries: Broncos Raiders Betting
For the Broncos there is a few players that did not practice but may play in this game. Linebacker Kevin Alexander (ankle), safety David Bruton (ribs), safety Brian Dawkins (knee) and wide receiver Brandon Lloyd (calf) are hobbled but all could play in this game as game-time decisions.
The Raiders have some key defensive players on their injured list that are not practicing but could play. Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha (ankle), wide receiver Johnnie Lee Higgins (ankle), linebacker Rolando McClain (foot) and defensive tackle Richard Seymour (knee) are all probable for this game.
Betting Edge: Broncos
Outlook and Pick: Broncos Raiders Betting
The football betting experts are saying that it could take months for the Broncos to sift through the debris left behind by Josh McDaniels. This is certainly not a team ready to compete, and they are not mentally ready to win football games. The Raiders are playing for pride and their jobs at this point. No one on the Raiders’ team is safe, and Tom Cable is watching to see who will be on his playoff contending Oakland Raiders team next season.
Pick: Oakland Raiders