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Las Vegas Raiders vs. Denver Broncos Pick & Prediction OCT 17TH 2021

Complete TV: CBS Sports Authority Field at Mile High Denver
269Raiders Las Vegas
270Broncos Denver
OP
47
-3.5
CU
44.5o -110
-5 -110
ML
ML: 175
ML: -210
Partials
1 3 4
10 7 14 3
7 0 3 14
Score
34
24
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The drama surrounding the Las Vegas Raiders couldn’t come at a worse time. If you haven’t heard, Head Coach Jon Gruden decided to retire after an extensive investigation. The Raiders are currently on a two-game losing streak and now face an AFC West rival. To get this season back on track they’ll have to ignore the noise and focus on the game.

The Denver Broncos have also lost two games in a row and are hoping to get back to winning. They opened the season with three straight wins, but have since looked stagnant. Each of these teams wants to separate themselves in the AFC West, but that’s easier said than done. With Kansas City hot on the trail, the Denver Broncos will hope to take the number two spot.

Raiders at Broncos Spread, Moneyline and Total Odds

TV: CBS

MONEY LINE: Raiders (+165) vs. Broncos (-190)

SPREAD: Raiders +3.5 (-115) vs. Broncos -3.5 (-105)

GAME TOTAL: Over 44.5 (-110) vs. Under 44.5 (-110)

Raiders vs. Broncos Betting Trends and Preview

Being able to fight through distractions is something the Raiders need to learn. Sure, being without your head coach is tough, but it’s been done before. It’s time for them to buckle down and start playing how they did at the beginning of the season. For a team that started the year 3-0, the Raiders have played terribly since.

The Broncos are no pushovers either, the Raiders need some top-tier play from Derek Carr. They’ve got a great record against Denver in the past, but this is a new Broncos team. If they can’t stop the pass rush, the Raiders could find themselves in trouble on Sunday. More importantly, the defense needs to be in top shape against the Broncos’ weapons.

Considering both of these teams are in the same boat at 3-2, we’re surprised Denver is favored. The offense of the Broncos has been nearly non-existent, scoring only 7 points against the Ravens. They’ll need more than seven points to beat the Raiders, but the matchup is great for them here.

The Raiders’ defense will give Denver plenty of opportunities to move the ball. To be effective, Denver will need to take advantage of this at every step. They’ll also need to put in the hard work on defense and find ways to get to Derek Carr. If they bring the same intensity from the first three weeks, the Broncos will be in good shape.

Raiders vs. Broncos Predictions

Raiders 20 - Broncos 27

The Raiders are shaken up by the news of their head coach and it’s got them out of sync. They’ll also be playing at Mile High Stadium for the first time this season. You can nearly guarantee that fatigue will become an issue and the Raiders will tire out. This primarily happens on defense which will give the Broncos chances to score.

The best bet here is taking the home team to bounce back from their slump. The Broncos understand that they’re trailing behind the Chargers and need a win to catch up. Considering the stakes are so high for Denver, we’ll take them over the Raiders here. They should also be able to cover the spread since it’s only 3.5 points.

Extra Points

1. The Broncos are 4-2 ATS in their last six games.

2. The Broncos average nearly 33 minutes of the time of possession.

3. The Raiders lost their first divisional meeting to the Chargers this season, 28-14.

Best Bet: Denver Broncos -3.5

Las Vegas Raiders vs. Denver Broncos Recap JAN 3TH 2021

Rookie Drew Lock threw a touchdown pass and host Denver withstood a two-point conversion attempt with seven seconds remaining to defeat Oakland 16-15 in the season finale for both teams.

The loss brought an official end to the Raiders' tenure in Oakland as they prepare to move to Las Vegas for next season. Though they finished with a 7-9 record, they began the day with a long-shot chance to claim the last AFC wild-card spot.

Lock completed 17 of 28 for 177 yards and improved to 4-1 as a starter. Oakland's Derek Carr completed 29 of 46 for 391 yards and a 3-yard touchdown to Hunter Renfrow with seven seconds left.

The Raiders then went for two points, but Carr's pass to Renfrow was incomplete and the Broncos (7-9) recovered the ensuing onside kick.

The Raiders were eliminated by then, however, as Tennessee had defeated Houston to claim the final spot while Oakland was still playing.

Denver led 10-3 at halftime and Brandon McManus' 49-yard field goal increased the lead to 13-3 at the end of the third quarter.

He added a 51-yarder early in the fourth quarter before Daniel Carlson's 33-yard field goal cut the lead to 16-6 with 9:03 remaining. Carlson kicked a 28-yarder with 3:09 left and Carr drove the Raiders 53 yards in eight plays for the chance to tie or win.

After a scoreless first quarter, Carlson made a 23-yard field goal early in the second quarter.

The Broncos tied the score midway through the period when McManus kicked a 43-yard field goal.

Oakland missed an opportunity to regain the lead on the ensuing drive, though it appeared it had when Carr hit Renfrow on third-and-goal from the 5 and the play was ruled a touchdown. But the replay official ruled Renfrow did not break the plane and the ball was placed on the 1-yard-line. On fourth-and-1, Von Miller stopped Alec Ingold for no gain.

Lock threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Beck with 28 seconds left in the first half to give Denver its halftime lead.

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