Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders - 11/6/16 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Denver Broncos (6-2) at Oakland Raiders (6-2)
NFL Football: Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 8:30 pm (Oakland Coliseum)
The Line: Oakland Raiders -2 -- Over/Under: 43.5 See the Latest Odds
The Denver Broncos head to Oakland to take on the Raiders in week 9’s edition of Sunday Night Football.
The Denver Broncos improved to 6-2 with a 27-19 victory over the San Diego Chargers, thus avenging their loss to the Chargers just 2 weeks earlier. Trevor Siemian completed 20 of his 38 pass attempts for 276 yards and an interception while managing to only get sacked once on the day. Devontae Booker led the Broncos ground attack with 54 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. Demaryius Thomas shared the team lead with 5 receptions for a team-high 79 yards on the day, leaving Thomas 2 receptions shy of 500, which would make him the 4th player in Broncos history with 500 career receptions. Emmanuel Sanders and tight end Virgil Green each caught 4 passes with Sanders logging 68 yards on the day and Green racking up 55 of his own. Defensively, the Broncos had a field day despite allowing 369 yards of total offense as they made up for it by sacking San Diego QB Philip Rivers 4 times and picking him off 3 times.
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The Oakland Raiders improved to 6-2 with a 30-24 overtime victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. David Carr was an absolute beast, completing 40 of his 59 passes for 514 yards and 4 touchdowns while being sacked just twice on the day. Latavius Murray was one of 3 Raiders running backs with at least 30+ rushing yards as he led the way with 48 yards on 11 carries. Amari Cooper rebounded from a brutal week 7 with a 12 reception, 173-yard performance while also registering a 34-yard hookup for a touchdown in the later part of the 3rd quarter. Michael Crabtree also broke the 100-yard barrier with 8 catches for 108 yards on the day. Defensively, it was a solid effort put forth by the Raiders as they held the Bucs offense in check for most of the game despite the tight scoreline. The main highlights came by way of a pair of sacks including a forced fumble from linebacker Khalil Mack as Oakland allowed just 270 yards of total offense on the day.
Denver is 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. the AFC and 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 week 9 matchups. Oakland is 0-7 ATS in their last 7 home games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 division matchups while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. Denver is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Oakland.
You guys know I’m a huge fan of this Oakland team as they’ve been such a pleasant surprise this season. This game is the biggest for both teams to date, as it has major playoff and division title implications pending the result. With the game essentially being a pick ‘em, I’ll back the Raiders with home field advantage. However this Denver defense always gives the Broncos a chance to win, so this is probably going to be a game I’d rather watch than bet.
But if forced to make a pick, I’ll go with Oakland at home.