Brown ban shifts line, Raiders become dogs against Broncos

Antonio Brown is likely to be on the sideline Monday night when the Oakland Raiders open the regular season, and oddsmakers responded Thursday by shifting the game from a pick 'em to giving the Denver Broncos a two-point edge.

Denver is -2.5 against the Raiders at DraftKings and Fan Duel made the same move just hours after news of Brown's looming suspension broke. According to multiple national reports, Brown and general manager Mike Mayock had a heated exchange Wednesday, hours after Brown took his beef to social media for being fined nearly $54,000.

Westgate Superbook brought the over-under down from 43.5 to 42.5. As of 3 p.m. ET, William Hill Sportsbooks held with the Broncos at -1.5.

The offensive side of the ball is in flux for Oakland without Brown as the No. 1 receiver, but the Raiders are accustomed to being in formation without him.

Rookie Josh Jacobs could get a heavier workload at running back, but Denver's defense is viewed as a strength with Von Miller and Bradley Chubb on the edge and new head coach Vic Fangio at the controls.

--Field Level Media

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