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Raiders Broncos Betting Predictions – Broncos Look To Rebound Against The Raiders

Posted by Tony Bryant on 9/26/2012 7:02:35 PM

The Denver Broncos beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL's season opener, but since then, they've lost two straight times. They need to regroup this weekend against Oakland.

Oakland Raiders @ Denver Broncos – Sunday, September 30    
NFL betting line: Denver -7

Why Oakland Will Win

The betting websites that comment on this game will offer a number of reasons why the Raiders, as a seven-point dog, can win. First of all, Oakland upset Pittsburgh last week in one of the many week-three shockers that dotted the NFL landscape. Raider quarterback Carson Palmer stood tall in the saddle and threw the ball more impressively than he has in a long time. The Raiders' offense flourished after two completely forgettable performances against San Diego and Miami. This team is beginning to figure some things out, and with head coach Dennis Allen having served on Denver's coaching staff (as defensive coordinator) in previous seasons, Oakland has a coach who knows what the Broncos will do on a number of occasions. Allen's familiarity with most of Denver's personnel should give the Raiders an extra forward push in this contest.

The other big reason to pick Oakland is that Denver is struggling. The Broncos are starting games slowly, having been whacked by Atlanta and Houston in the first 30 minutes of action over the past two weeks. Quarterback Peyton Manning is not sharp. His arm strength certainly seems to have diminished, at least to a slight but noticeable extent. The bigger problem than Manning, though, is that Denver's lines – especially its defensive front – are getting manhandled at the line of scrimmage. Denver has to be stronger in the trenches in order to be better, but there's nothing to suggest the Broncos will improve in this area of competition against the Raiders.

Why Denver Will Win

When playing online poker, the plain truth is that you want the right dealer. Denver's offensive and defensive lines might be struggling, but if the Broncos can merely draw even at the line of scrimmage – winning as many battles as they lose, no more or no less – they have the better dealer in this game. Peyton Manning, even with reduced arm strength, is still a better quarterback at the present moment than Carson Palmer. Moreover, while Oakland did indeed beat Pittsburgh at home, that win came by three points on the final play of regulation. Denver beat Pittsburgh by 12 points and looked a lot more impressive against the Steelers than Oakland did.

The Broncos have the better skill-position players, and they'll also benefit from the fact that one of Oakland's fastest receivers, Darrius Heyward-Bey, is recuperating from an injury, probably not well enough to start in this game. Denver has lost two straight. Playing at home in the Mile High City, it is hard to see how the Broncos will lose a third consecutive contest.

Who Will Win

The Raiders certainly have a chance to win this game, and they'll probably keep it close enough to cover the number. However, the Broncos will find enough offense to win this game.

NFL Football Betting Pick: Denver

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