Oakland is the biggest underdog in the AFC West divisional future odds this offseason, at LVH Sportsbook in Las Vegas has them at +2000 to win the division this season. Seeing as though they might even be worse than a team that went 2-14 SU last season, the Raiders have a lot of work to do this offseason if they want to win anything other than the 1st overall pick in 2014. It goes without saying that they have zero shot in any of the future NFL odds this offseason, but will they have any betting odds value in the upcoming season?
Review our early thoughts on the Oakland Raiders' NFL Futures Odds
Oakland went 5-11 ATS in 2012, a record only worsened by their 4-12 SU season. Now under their second year with Dennis Allen as the head coach, the Raiders have a chance to be solid and right around .500, or they might have another 5-11 season. It all depends on health and the quarterback position.
Matt Flynn looks like he is going to get every opportunity to gain the starting job in Oakland, the problem is he has thrown just 141 NFL passes in his career and we don’t yet know if he was a product of the system or the real deal. They are also going to give reps to Tyler Wilson, a 4th rounder from Arkansas, but a QB controversy is normally never good for NFL bettors, especially if no one locks up the job by the time the real games are starting to be played.
The of course there is the extremely fast and glass-like running back known as Run DMC. Darren McFadden has always had the stuff to be the best running back in the league. If he stayed healthy every year, this year’s fantasy drafts would have a tough decision between Adrian Peterson and McFadden as number one overall picks.
However McFadden is destined to be a player you hold your breath for every time he takes a hit. It seems pretty inconvenient he plays the position that gets hit the most. If D-Mac can stay healthy and the Raiders can get their quarterback situation in order, the Raiders might have some sneaky ATS value coming up in the season.
Charles Woodson is returning to Oakland, the team that drafted him all those years ago, and along with some other defensive improvements, this team has some talent. However, I’m not quite sold on the incredible value of the Raiders. This team has gone a combined 43-51-2 ATS in their last six seasons and only one of those seasons saw them turn a profit, which was 2011. There is little chance the Raiders will be a good choice for your NFL picks, but because they have such a wide gap between their floor and ceiling this upcoming season, we have to keep an eye on them for now. However I don’t think we should hold our breaths.