NFL Picks: Oakland Raiders vs. Denver Broncos Betting Preview

David Lawrence

Saturday, December 12, 2015 1:58 AM GMT

Oakland is now 5-7 and have lost four of their last five, and a loss on Sunday would bury their playoff chances. They're at 10-2 Denver, where the Broncos can keep climbing up the ladder.

Opening Odds & Line Movement
Open: -7.5 -102 at Pinnacle

The NFL odds for this AFC West contest opened up at -7.5 for the Broncos at home, and that is where it stays. Denver is now 3-0 in the Brock Osweiler era after manhandling San Diego 17-3 on the road, and they're not putting too much pressure on QB Osweiler, who threw for 166 yards, a touchdown and a pick. But they ran for 134 yards and the defense forced three turnovers, and this is how Denver is going to win without Peyton Manning: running the ball and defense. QB Derek Carr had three picks as the Raiders lost 34-20 to Kansas City at home, and that basically sunk the Raiders' ship for 2015. However, it's not over yet and the future appears to be bright for the Raiders, even on defense where they are 25th in yards allowed. They have a star in LB Khalil Mack, and the Broncos have to keep him off Osweiler on Sunday. The Broncos won 16-10 in Oakland back in Week 5.

Raiders vs. Broncos Spread

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Raiders vs. Broncos Totals

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Raiders vs. Broncos Money Line

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Injuries
LB Neiron Ball is probably out for the season with a knee injury, even though the Raiders haven't placed him on the injured-reserved list. S Nate Allen had to leave the Kansas City game with a knee injury, so that is something worth watching for the Raiders.

The Broncos had a lengthy injury report on Wednesday, starting with QB Manning and his foot leading the list f players that sat out. S T.J. Ward (ankle), LB Danny Trevathan (concussion), S David Bruton Jr. (knee), TE Vernon Davis (concussion) and S Omar Bolden (hamstring) didn't practice. Neither did the RB duo of C.J. Anderson (ankle) and Ronnie Hillman (foot). LB DeMarcus Ware hasn't returned from his bad back, either, so Denver is hurting right now. 

 

Trends
The Raiders are 6-6 ATS this season overall, going 4-2 ATS away from home. The Broncos are 7-4-1 ATS, but 3-2 ATS at home. The total comes in at 43.5, and the Raiders have gone over seven times with two pushes. The Broncos have gone under six times with two pushes.

The Broncos are 8-2 SU (eight wins in a row) and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 against the Raiders, who are 4-6 SU and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 in Denver.

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