Denver Broncos vs. Oakland Raiders - 10/1/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oakland Raiders (2-1) at Denver Broncos (2-1)
NFL Football: Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 4:25 pm (Sports Authority Field at Mile High)
The Line: Denver Broncos -2.5 -- Over/Under: 47 See the Latest Odds
One of the marquee matchups in week 4 is an AFC West division showdown between the Oakland Raiders and the Denver Broncos from Mile High.
The Oakland Raiders will look to bounce back from their first loss of the season, a 27-10 defeat on Sunday Night Football at the hands of the Washington Redskins to send Oakland to 2-1 this season. Derek Carr led an anemic Raiders’ offense in the loss, putting up 118 yards, a touchdown and 2 interceptions on 19 of 31 passing. Marshawn Lynch led the team with just 18 yards on 6 carries as Oakland combined for a miniscule 32 yards on 13 carries. Jared Cook caught 4 passes for 43 yards, including the team’s lone touchdown in the loss. DeAndre Washington caught a team-high 5 passes for 24 yards, while Seth Roberts hauled in 4 balls for 20 yards. Defensively, a Khalil Mack sack, a Cory James forced fumble and a pair of fumble recoveries from James Cowser highlighted an otherwise disappointing outing from the Oakland D, allowing 472 yards of total offense and 27 points, which was a high for any of the first 3 games of this season.
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The Denver Broncos will also try to bounce back after suffering their own first loss of the season, a 26-16 defeat at the hands of Buffalo to send the Broncos to 2-1 this season. Trevor Siemian threw for 259 yards and a pair of interceptions on 24 of 40 passing. Jamaal Charles led the Broncos with 56 yards and a touchdown on 9 carries, while C.J. Anderson chipped in 36 yards on 8 carries. Demaryius Thomas logged a team-high 98 yards on 6 receptions, while Emmanuel Sanders caught a team-high 7 passes for 75 yards in the win. Defensively, the Broncos combined for 4 sacks, allowing just 272 yards of total offense. However, Denver’s strong defensive outing was not enough to overcome their offensive shortcomings in the losing effort.
Oakland is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a loss and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 road games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 division matchups. Denver is 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 division matchups and 8-3-2 ATS in their last 13 home games while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. The favorite is 8-1-1 ATS in the last 10 meetings between these two teams.
Both of these teams losing in week 3 was a shock to me, but if you were to ask me which do I think has the chance of rebounding better, I’d probably tell you that it’s Oakland. Denver can do it on defense, there’s no disputing that, but I get overly worried at how much they rely on the defense to get things done. Oakland can light up the scoreboard at any given time, and their performance (or lack thereof) in week 3 was probably just a blip on the radar in the grand scheme of things. I think this is a game that could come down to who has the ball last, so I’ll take a shot with Oakland and the points.