The NFL’s most stacked division — the AFC West — is on full display this Sunday, as the 2-1 Denver Broncos go up against the 0-3 Las Vegas Raiders.
Don’t let their respective records fool you. This divisional showdown will be competitive from start to finish. We provide Broncos vs. Raiders odds and a prediction to help bettors wager on the game. Check back in the next couple of days for a bunch of prop bets that will add intrigue to this fixture.
Broncos vs. Raiders Point Spread, Moneyline, Total
Below are the best Broncos vs. Raiders spread, moneyline, and total lines from around the sports betting market.
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Despite losing all three contests to start the season, Las Vegas — priced between –120 and –140 on the moneyline — is a two-point favorite against the streaking Broncos, who are priced between +100 and +120.
Oddsmakers see these two teams as almost evenly matched, despite their two-spot difference in the divisional standings. The Silver and Black have won six of their last seven meetings — including four straight — against Denver, which explains their favorite status.
Broncos vs. Raiders Betting News
The Raiders’ 0-3 record doesn’t give full context. Their Week 2 loss to the Cardinals came after blowing a 20-point halftime lead before surrendering a scoop-and-score in overtime. One week later, Vegas had put together a comeback of their own but ultimately fell short after a failed two-point conversion. In short, all three of their games were decided by one possession.
Meanwhile, there’s a ton of confusion in the Mile High City. The consensus entering the season was that Russell Wilson was the missing piece to this roster. Three weeks later, they’re 31st in the league in points per contest (14.3), and they haven’t scored more than 16 points in a game. The defense, however, is what’s keeping this team afloat, holding opponents to an average of 12 points per game — second-fewest in the league.
Like the Raiders, the Broncos have been in one-score games.
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Broncos vs. Raiders Betting Stats
- 2-1 ML
- 1-2 ATS
- 0-3 O/U
- 0-1 ATS on the road
- 1-0 ATS as underdog
- 0-3 ML
- 0-3 ATS
- 1-1-1 O/U
- 0-1 ATS at home
- 0-2 ATS as favorite
Broncos vs. Raiders Prediction
The stats suggest backing Denver. They have a better record, a larger average scoring margin, and a superior defense. But they’re also struggling against bottom feeders. Their first two opponents — the Seahawks and Texans — have the longest odds to win the Super Bowl, and their latest opponent – the 49ers – is plagued with injuries.
As poor as Las Vegas has played this season, they’re still the most talented team that the Broncos will have faced so far. Derek Carr has shown spurts of excellence throughout his career, their receiving corps is tier-one, and they have one of the league’s scariest pass-rushing tandems in Chandler Jones and Maxx Crosby.
The Raiders simply have had one of the worst lucks in the league, losing by a combined 13 points. We’re not huge fans of the “they’re due for a win” argument, but maybe it’s the fact that they haven’t won thus far that will drive them to want to crush a divisional opponent. Davante Adams expressed his frustration after the team’s Week 3 loss to Tennessee. Knowing Adams, that frustration will likely fuel himself and the team towards positive change.
The Raiders have yet to break out offensively, and we wouldn’t bank on it happening against a choking defense in the Broncos. That’s why we have the home team winning a relatively close, low-scoring ball game.
Prediction: Raiders 23, Broncos 17; Raiders -2 (-110, FanDuel)