Broncos vs. Raiders Week 16 Betting OddsLine: Broncos -3
The 6-8 Denver Broncos will travel to Oakland to take on the 3-11 Raiders in this week’s Monday night matchup. This will not be a key AFC West meeting as neither team will be going to the playoff this year and each are coming off losses last week. Denver lost its second in a row with a 17-16 loss to the Cleveland Browns on the road. They played this game without their 2 starting cornerbacks in Chris Harris and Isaac Yiadom who were both out with injuries. Harris is out for the rest of the year while Yiadom status is still undecided for Monday night. The Raiders lost on the road to the Cincinnati Bengals 30-16. It was their 6th loss in their last 8 games and they are in last place in the division and are several games behind the 4th place Broncos. Case Keenum struggled against the Browns finishing with a quarterback rating of 45.9 as he completed 31 of 48 passes for 257 yards, 0 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. His favorite target was DaeSean Hamilton who had 7 receptions for 46 yards. They did not have success running the ball as the team gained just 31 yards on 20 carries, which is an average of just 1.6 yards per rush. Philip Lindsey led the team with 24 yards, leaving him with 991 on the season and a chance to break the 1,000 yard mark this week. For the year, the Broncos offense has averaged 21.9 points and 368.8 yards per game. Defensively, sacked Baker Mayfield twice, and forced 2 turnovers with an interception and a fumble recovery. They allowed the Browns to average 4.6 yards per carry as they gained 134 yards on 28 carries. Derek Carr and the Raiders offense has struggled all year and last week was no different. Carr finished with a quarterback rating of 28.8 as he completed 21 of 38 passes for 263 yards, 1 touchdown, 0 interceptions but did lose a fumble. He was also sacked 5 times for a loss of 34 yards. His favorite target was Jordy Nelson who had 6 catches for 88 yards. They had success running the ball despite just 16 carries. They gained 68 yards which is an average of 4.3 yards per rush. Defensively, they couldn’t stop the run as the Bengals gained 171 yards and scored 2 touchdowns on 41 carries. They had 1 sack and intercepted Jeff Driskel once. For the year, the Raiders defense has allowed their opponents to average 29.9 points and 390 yards per game. The Raiders will have home field advantage and are 3 point underdogs in this game. They have gone 5-9 against the spread including 3-4 at home. The Broncos have gone 6-7-1 against the spread including 4-3 on the road. This could be the last game played in Oakland as the team is scheduled to move to Las Vegas in 2021. The City sued the Raiders and owner Mark Davis is looking for a new home venue for next year.
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