The Broncos are looking to finish the 2020 season on a positive note. They have the opportunity to secure bragging rights against an AFC West rival, the Las Vegas Raiders. Let’s take a deeper look at our Broncos vs. Bills betting preview with odds, picks, and predictions.
Broncos vs. Raiders Week 17 Odds
The Broncos are +3 on the spread and +135 on the moneyline. The total is set to 45.5 points.
|Las Vegas Raiders||-2.5 (-118)||-138||O 50.5 (+100)|
|Denver Broncos||+2.5 (+100)||+120||U 51 (-118)|
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Broncos vs. Raiders Betting Preview
The bizarre 2020 season is coming to a close and both the Broncos and Raiders are going to miss the playoffs again. Denver’s up-and-down season is coming to a close.
The season peaked when Drew Lock threw for three touchdowns in a comeback victory against the Los Angeles Chargers. On the other hand, the season reached a low point when the Broncos were forced to start a practice squad wide receiver at quarterback due to COVID-19 violations. It’s safe to say this has been one of the most eventful years in Broncos history.
Now, it’s up to Lock and his teammates to try and finish strong. They also have a chance to avenge an earlier loss to the Raiders. In Week 10, Las Vegas was riding high and cruising towards a playoff berth. However, a late-season collapse has the Raiders on the outside looking in.
Denver is 1-4 in AFC West games this year. A win would move them to a respectable 2-4 with splits against the Raiders and Chargers.
Broncos vs. Raiders Betting Trends
Why Backing The Broncos Makes Sense
Raiders Defense Is Weak
The Raiders are one of the worst defenses in the NFL. They are giving up almost 30 points per game which ranks 29th in the NFL. They might be bad enough to make the Broncos offense look good.
Part of the biggest problem for Las Vegas has to do with takeaways. They are 29th in the NFL with 15 takeaways this season. They simply don’t steal possessions away from their opponents at crucial times. If Lock and the Denver offense can take care of the ball, they should be able to put points up on the board.
Melvin Gordon On The Ground
Drew Lock can be hot and cold, but he’s better off when the Broncos can establish the run early. With Phillip Lindsey on injured reserve, it’s up to Melvin Gordon to carry the load. The two-time Pro Bowler has rushed for 6.16 yards per carry over his last four games.
Although he only has two touchdowns in those games, he could be in for one or two scores on Sunday. The Raiders allow their opponents to score touchdowns on 63.5% of their red-zone possessions. When the Broncos get in close, look for them to try and pound it in with Gordon.
Why Backing The Raiders Makes Sense
Rematch After A Blowout
A lot has changed since Week 10, including a steady decline by the Raiders, but nothing changes how badly Las Vegas beat up on the Broncos. The Raiders dominated the Broncos 37-12.
Drew Lock put together one of the worst games of his career, throwing for four interceptions. Meanwhile, Las Vegas gashed Dallas for over 200 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns.
Derek Carr Airing It Out
Although Derek Carr is no superstar, he’s shown that he can be a winning quarterback. In his last three full games, he’s thrown for over 300 yards and a touchdown each time. It’s also worth noting that Carr has a rushing touchdown in each of those games as well.
No one will mistake Carr for Patrick Mahomes or Aaron Rodgers, but he’s a solid NFL quarterback who shouldn’t be overlooked.
How To Watch Broncos vs. Raiders
- Date: Sunday, Jan. 3
- Time: 2:25 p.m. MT
- Location: Empower Field at Mile High (Denver, Colorado)
- TV: CBS
- Announcers: Beth Mowins (play-by-play), Tiki Barber (game analyst)
Broncos vs. Raiders Prediction
This year has not gone according to plan for the Broncos. An early string of injuries combined with some spotty quarterback play put Denver in a hole early in the season. With that said, we have seen some big-time moments from Lock and the Broncos.
As we have mentioned throughout the season, Lock is a much better quarterback at home. We expect to see the second-year man finish his season strong and get the win against Las Vegas.
Broncos vs. Raiders Pick
Take the Broncos on the moneyline.