Oakland Raiders vs. Denver Broncos

Oakland Raiders (0-1) at Denver Broncos (1-0)

NFL Football: Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 4:25 PM (Sports Authority Field at Mile High)

Line and Odds: Arizona Cardinals +6/ Los Angeles Rams -6—Over/Under 46


The Oakland Raiders take on the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High for Week Two of the NFL season.  The weather should be hot but cloudy, with winds going 8 mph ENE.

The Oakland Raiders (3rd in AFC West) lost their first game to the Los Angeles Rams.  QB Derek Carr threw for 303 yards last week. He had one sack and three interceptions.  Unfortunately, the O-line wasn’t giving him much protection. Running back Marshawn Lynch rushed for only 41 yards, the highest on the team.  Tight end Jared Cook was the offensive leader for the Raiders, with 9 receptions totaling 180 yards. He averaged an impressive 20 yards a catch.  Defensively, there wasn’t a whole lot going on. They allowed 33 points for the Rams. Defensive end Bruce Irvin had the lone sack for Oakland. Marcus Gilchrist and Tahir Whitehead are the only other mentionable defensive players for the Raiders.  Kicker Mike Nugent made both of the field goals attempted. Overall, the Raiders don’t have much to brag about on either side of the fence. The lines need to be strengthened if this team wants to win this game.

The Denver Broncos (1st in AFC West) beat the Seattle Seahawks Week One.  Quarterback Case Keenum completed 25 passes for 329 yards and 3 touchdowns.  He threw three interceptions and was sacked once. Running backs Royce Freeman and Phillip Lindsay were both lack luster this past game, with only 71 yards each.  Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders was running the show, with 10 receptions for a total of 135 yards, his longest catch being 43 yards. Kicker Brandon McManus made both of his field goals, which were both over 50 yards.  Safety Justin Simmons caught the single interception of the Seahawks. Von Miller, linebacker, had three sacks on Sunday. Linebacker Todd Davis had some pretty good tackles Week One. If the Broncos could up their run game, they could be a force to be reckoned with.  

Cover the Spread 365 betting trends


  • Oakland is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Oakland is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Oakland’s last 8 games


  • Denver is 2-10-1 ATS in its last 13 games
  • Denver is 3-10 SU in its last 13 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Denver’s last 6 games when playing Oakland


The Raiders have a lot of offensive and defensive kinks to work out.  The line isn’t giving Carr any protection. Cook is the only promising offensive player they have right now.  Oakland’s defense can’t hold back any teams, and Denver is going to give them a lot of issues. The team of Keenum and Sanders is filthy, and they will be running all over the Raiders defense.  I’m picking the Denver Broncos with the Under.

Pick: Broncos-6

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Emily Estright
Emily Estright
Emily Estright is junior at Penn State University. A Central PA native, Emily is a life long Penn State football fan and a Philly sports Phanatic. She aspires to be a sports analyst one day.