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Oakland Raiders vs. Denver Broncos - 12/24/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Denver Broncos (6-8) at Oakland Raiders (3-11)
Date & Time Monday December 24, 2018, 8:15 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Oakland Raiders +2.5 -- Over/Under: 44.5
TV Channel
ESPN
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NFL | Denver Broncos (6-8) at Oakland Raiders (3-11)
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The Denver Brocnos and the Oakland Raiders meet in a week 16 AFC West division showdown from the Oakland Coliseum in the final instalment of Monday Night Football of the 2018 season.

The Denver Broncos will look to rebound after back-to-back losses following a 17-16 loss to Cleveland in their last outing. Case Keenum has thrown for 3,396 yards, 15 touchdowns and 12 interceptions on 62.1% passing while Phillip Lindsay leads the Broncos with 991 rushing yards and 9 touchdowns this season. Courtland Sutton leads the Broncos receiving corps with 35 catches for 614 yards and 3 touchdowns this season. Defensively, Von Miller leads the Broncos with 14.5 sacks and Bradley Chubb has 12 sacks while Todd Davis leads Denver with 73 tackles this season. As a team, Denver is averaging 352.3 yards of total offense and 21.9 points per game this season.

The Oakland Raiders will look to rebound from a 30-16 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in their last outing. Derek Carr has thrown for 3,697 yards, 19 touchdowns and 8 interceptions while Doug Martin leads Oakland with 516 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns. Jared Cook leads the Raiders with 63 catches for 848 yards and 6 touchdowns while Jordy Nelson has 47 catches for 586 yards and 3 TDs and Jalen Richard has 62 catches for 550 yards this season. Defensively, Maurice Hurst Jr. leads Oakland with 4 sacks while Tahir Whitehead leads the Raiders with 75 tackles this season. As a team, Oakland is averaging 343.9 yards of total offense and 18.6 points per game this season.

Denver is 2-6 ATS in their last 8 division games and 8-17-1 ATS in their last 26 games overall while the under is 12-3 in their last 15 games against a team with a losing record. Oakland is 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 division games. The under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.

Talk about ending the Monday Night Football season with a thud, yeesh. You have two teams who aren’t going anywhere come January and who are actually worse off winning this game than losing it. The Broncos have had the bulk of the success between these two teams, but have had issues scoring over the last couple of weeks since Emmanuel Sanders went down due to injury. Oakland on the other hand, despite a win here and there, has been brutal for the whole year and isn’t worth putting any stock in, even as a home dog. Instead, I’m going to side with the under as I just see this game being a snooze fest and could see one or neither of these teams breaking 20 points. Plus the under has hit in each of the last 4 meetings, so I guess I’ll take the under in this spot.

Pick:
Under 44.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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