Denver Broncos @ Oakland Raiders | Betting Tip (09-09-2019)
Statistical information, performance, best odds and betting tips for Denver Broncos vs Oakland Raiders for CFL. Analysis with head to head comparison and forecast by football experts.
|Broncos by 2 by|
|DEN -135; OAK +115 by|
Denver Broncos – Oakland Raiders | Prediction, Odds & Tips
Things were supposed to be better for the Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders last season. The Broncos had what they thought was a good QB in Case Keenum and the Raiders had Jon Gruden back in charge. But things didn’t quite work out for either squad.
But their game in Week One is the start of a new season. Will it be more of the same for either, or will the changes have made during the offseason result in a different outcome?
Denver Broncos vs. Oakland Raiders Preview
The Broncos and Raiders will close out Week One of the 2019 season as the second game of Monday Night Football’s doubleheader. It is not going to be the most-watched game of the week, but it is one that has a lot of potential.
Denver has been in dire need of a quarterback to lead the offense. They have struggled to find someone since Peyton Manning retired, but may have found the perfect bridge QB in former Ravens quarterback, Joe Flacco. He should be good enough to keep the offense moving until the team feels Drew Lock is ready.
That is, as long as they can keep him healthy—and the Raiders will not make it easy for Denver to keep Flacco upright. They beefed up their pass rush a little in free agency and used some of the draft capital they collected with all the trades Jon Gruden made last year.
Of course, the best defense is often a good offense. If rookie Josh Jacobs can give the offense a much-needed ground game, Derek Carr will have a vastly improved group of receivers to work within Tyrell Williams, J.J. Nelson, Ryan Grant, and Antonio Brown (if he isn’t suspended or cut).
A lot of new pieces on both teams means this game could either be exciting and fun to watch because everything works or both teams could get bogged down with mistakes since there are too many new parts.
Denver Broncos News
Denver has been looking for a serviceable QB ever since Peyton Manning retired. They thought Case Keenum might be that guy with how he threw the ball all over the place in 2017 for the Vikings. But he didn’t quite measure up to expectations.
However, in Joe Flacco, they have a much more proven quarterback. The former Ravens quarterback has played well in recent years but has had injury issues. But, when healthy, he is one of the more capable quarterbacks in the league.
“It’s a fit for me; there’s no doubt. There’s a familiarity there. I’ve been around success in this offense. There’s a lot to like in all of that,” Flacco said, via ESPN. “… And I’m as healthy as I can be, and I’m looking at playing as long as I can.”
If Phillip Lindsey can pick up where he left off and Royce Freeman can step his game up, the Denver offense should be in pretty good shape this season. Defensively, they may not be as dominant as they once were. But with Vic Fangio as their new head coach, the defense is bound to be even better than it was last season.
Oakland Raiders News
The Raiders finally got the coach they wanted last year in Jon Gruden, and after a busy offseason, they hope they have a roster good enough to implement his vision. Through free agency and the draft, they upgraded several positions on both sides of the ball.
But the focus Monday night will likely be on one guy who will probably not even play—wide receiver Antonio Brown.
The Raiders acquired Brown from the Steelers via a trade that looked like a bargain at the time. But with all the drama that he has caused, they may now be feeling a little buyer’s remorse. From his feet to the helmet fiasco to his public complaint about being fined for missing practice and now an incident with GM Mike Mayock— Brown has been nothing but trouble for the Raiders.
While a suspension has not been made official, he was not with the team for workouts on Thursday. Rumor has it that the Raiders may be looking into ways they can get out of the trade.
But even without Brown, the Raiders brought in a ton of new talent in the offseason. If Gruden can get them on the same page by Week One, they could give the Broncos more than they can handle.
Denver Broncos vs. Oakland Raiders Head-to-Head
Over the years, the Broncos and Raiders have played 119 times (117 regular-season games and twice in the playoffs. Of those 119 games, the Raiders won 64, the Broncos 53, and they have had two games end in a tie.
The series has been competitive in recent years with the Raiders winning four of the last seven meetings. But prior to that, the Raiders had lost eight in a row.
Odds and Predictions
The trick for the Broncos will be whether Flacco can get the offense, more specifically the passing game on track sooner rather than later. If he can, and the run game is working, Denver should be able to put up enough points on the rebuilt Raiders.
Oakland will look better than they did last season, but it is going to take time for all of the new pieces to figure out how to work together. Expecting them to be good to go in Week One may be a little unrealistic.
So, take the Broncos to win (-135), straight up and against the spread (-2). As for the over/under (42.5)—don’t expect a lot from either offense. Take the under.
Our Denver Broncos @ Oakland Raiders Betting Tip:
Oakland is a much-improved team, but they are going to need a few weeks to gel. Take the Broncos to win.