NFL Week 2: Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos, Betting Odds
After getting smacked around in their regular season opener last weekend, Jon Gruden, Derek Carr and the Oakland Raiders will look to rebound in a big way when they visit the Denver Broncos for a Week 2 matchup against their longtime AFC West division rivals.
Now, let’s find out if the Raiders can get the big road win or whether Von Miller, Case Keenum and the Broncos can stay unbeaten. All betting details, as usual, are provided by YouWager.eu
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) September 12, 2018
🏈: Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos
⏰: Sun. Sep 16, 2018 4:25 PM ET
🏟️: Broncos Stadium at Mile High, Denver, CO
🎰: Denver Broncos -6 -110 | -260 | U 46 -110
Oakland never had a chance in their humbling 33-13 Week 1 loss against Jared Goff and the Los Angeles Rams on Monday night. Derek Carr threw three costly interceptions, including two in the end zone that were explicitly his fault. The Raiders blew a 13-10 halftime lead and got shut out for the entire second half.
“It was a tale of two halves,” Gruden said afterward. “Obviously we did not take care of the ball and that was a critical part of that football game.”
Veteran running back Marshawn Lynch rushed for 41 yards and one score on 11 carries while tight end Jared Cook had a fantastic game with nine catches for 180 yards.
The Broncos got a vintage performance from linebacker Von Miller en route to a hard-fought 27-24 win over Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks in their opener. Miller record three sacks, forced two fumbles and one recovery while new starting quarterback Case Keenum went 35 of 39 for 329 yards with three touchdowns to overcome three costly interceptions.
“I’m really excited about how good this football team can be,” Keenum said. “Because if we take care of the ball — if I take care of the ball because those are all on me — we’re going to be really, really hard to beat.”
Veteran wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders had a team-high 10 catches for 135 yards and one score while wideout Demaryius Thomas added six catches for 63 yards and another score.
Expert Pick and Prediction
I’m going to get right to the point by saying that I like the Denver Broncos to get the win and ATS cover at home in this contest for three reasons. First, the Broncos defense looks great right now. Next, the Broncos finally have a quarterback they can win with after two seasons of seriously underwhelming play from Brock Osweiler, Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch. Last but not least, Oakland is clearly going to need some time to become the team that Jon Gruden envisions. Derek Carr looks nothing like the MVP-caliber stud we saw in 2016 and the Raiders parted ways with arguably the best defensive player in the league in perennial All-Pro linebacker Khalil Mack.
Oakland has gone an uninspiring 2-7-2 ATS in their last 11 games against a team with a winning record, 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 1-5-1 ATS in their last seven road games. The Favorite in this division rivalry has gone 10-1-1 ATS in their last 12 meetings and the Raiders are just 1-4-1 ATS in their last six meetings in Denver. The Broncos win and cover the spread, although I’m not real fond of the 5.5-point spread.
Predicted Score: Broncos 31 Raiders 21