Denver Broncos (7-7) vs. Las Vegas Raiders (7-7)
December 26, 2021 4:25 pm EDT
The Line: Las Vegas Raiders -1.5 ; Over/Under: 42.5
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The Las Vegas Raiders and Denver Broncos do battle Sunday in an NFL AFC West showdown from Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. Denver is 7-7 on the year and fresh off a loss to the Bengals. As for the Raiders, they’re sitting at 7-7 as well. Las Vegas took a two-point win over Cleveland in their last game. Check back all season long for free NFL picks at Sports Chat Place.
Denver went 3-4 in their first seven games, losing to the Ravens, Steelers, Raiders and Browns in that span. It’s been a 4-3 run since then: the wins have come over the Cowboys, Chargers, Washington and the Lions. The losses were to the Eagles, Chiefs and Bengals.
Matched up against the Bengals on Sunday, the Broncos managed a third-quarter touchdown in an otherwise tepid offensive outing for a 15-10 loss. QB Teddy Bridgewater threw for 98 yards, and Javonte Williams led the rush with 72 yards on 15 totes.
Over on the Raiders’ side, they went 5-2 over their first seven outings this year, falling to the Chargers and Bears. Vegas has gone 2-5 since then, losing to the Giants, Chiefs (twice), Bengals, and Washington. The Raiders got a win over the Browns in their last game.
In the matchup versus Cleveland on Monday, the Raiders carried a 10-0 lead into halftime and were able to power out the 16-14 win. QB Derek Carr put up 236 yards with one TD and one pick, while Josh Jacobs added 52 yards on 15 carries.
The Broncos are 13-5 ATS in their last 18 after an ATS loss and 8-17 ATS in their last 25 versus the AFC West. Denver is 1-4 ATS in their last five in December.
Meanwhile, the Raiders are 5-0 ATS in their last five in Week 16 and 1-4 ATS in their last five after an ATS loss. Las Vegas is 1-5 ATS in their last six versus the AFC West.
PICK: I’m going to lean Raiders in this one. You could probably make a good case either way here, however; it should be a tight game and something of a coin-flip outcome. In any case, Las Vegas posted a relatively solid offensive showing against Cleveland, Tallying 328 yards with 20 first downs and 5.0 yards per play. The Raiders haven’t been much for scoring lately, though; they’ve hit 16 or fewer points in each of their last three outings.
As for the Broncos, they’ve logged 13 or fewer points in three of their last five games, so there’s no telling how this matchup will turn out. I’m staying away due to the uncertainty, but it should be a pretty fun matchup to watch regardless.