The Denver Broncos and the Oakland Raiders are out of playoff contention, but as division rivals, they have an obligation to try and beat up the other as though the Vince Lombardi Trophy is on the line. Will the Broncos sweep their regular season series with Oakland? Or will the Raiders even it all up? Going into this Christmas Eve edition of Monday Night Football, the sportsbook favors the visiting team by a field goal. Now’s not the time to be a Scrooge folks, as a small investment could pay off on this Week 16 matchup.
Betting Preview for the Denver Broncos vs Oakland Raiders NFL Week 16 Game on December 24, 2018
Where: Oakland Coliseum, Oakland
When: Monday, December 24, 2018, 5:15 PM ET
Line: Denver Broncos (-3) vs Oakland Raiders (+3) – view all 2018 NFL lines
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Betting on the Denver Broncos (6-8)
Despite of how things went for the Broncos this season, at least they a running back for the future in Phillip Lindsay. The first-year pro has recently been just named into the 2019 Pro Bowl, an exceptional achievement for Lindsay, considering that he didn’t hear his name called in this year’s NFL Draft. Lindsay, however, has proven himself as a star-in-the-making in the Broncos’ backfield, and he could add to his memorable rookie season with a strong performance against the Raiders this coming Monday. Lindsay has already tormented the Raiders before when he rushed for 107 yards on 14 carries in Week 2’s 20-19 win. Lindsay and the Broncos should be able to burst through the Raiders’ Swiss cheese defense that just has too many holes. The Raiders are allowing the most points per game (29.9) in the NFL and are also last in the league against run, surrendering 146.2 rushing yards per contest.
The Broncos are 6-4 against the spread (ATS) in their last 10 meetings with Oakland, dating back to 2013.
Betting on the Oakland Raiders (3-11)
Say what you want to say about the Raiders, but at least quarterback Derek Carr is playing like well. Over the Raiders’ last five games, the former Fresno State Bulldogs gunslinger has tossed a total of nine passing touchdowns against zero interceptions, He had 263 passing yards and a touchdown on 21-of-38 completions in a 30-16 road loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 15. It was not an impressive performance, but he could have done better if Oakland’s offensive line did its job, as Carr was sacked by Cincy five times for a loss of 34 yards. While that doesn’t sound good entering a matchup with Von Miller and company, Carr was barely touched in the first meeting with Denver. Back in Week 2, Carr went 29-of-32 for 288 yards and a touchdown and zero interceptions. He doesn’t have Amari Cooper to throw at anymore, but Jordy Nelson is still a capable receiver. Nelson led the Raiders with 88 receiving yards on six receptions in the Bengals game.
The Raiders are 2-0 ATS in their last two home games.
Denver wins, 21-20.
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