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NFL Betting Preview: Las Vegas Raiders vs. Denver Broncos

January 7, 2024



A pair of AFC West rivals will face each other on Sunday afternoon when the Denver Broncos travel to Paradise, Nevada to face the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium the game is scheduled to start at 4:25 PM ET and will air on Fox in week 18 of the NFL season.



The Denver Broncos have been eliminated from playoff contention as they enter this game with a record of 8-8 but are coming off a 16-9 win at home against the Los Angeles Chargers in week 17 of the NFL season which also ended their two-game losing streak. Russell Wilson will not be back with the team because of his contract situation and Jarrett Stidham is not the franchise quarterback for Denver, however, he had a solid performance against the Raiders completing 20 of 32 attempts for 224 yards and a touchdown. 



The Broncos were a below-average team offensively and defensively this season as they enter this game averaging 21.44 points per game which is below the league average of 21.96 points per game and are allowing the 7th most points per game in the league with an average of 24.13 points per game. The Denver Broncos will look to build off the momentum following the win against the Chargers when they travel to face the Las Vegas Raiders.



Like the Broncos, the Raiders have been eliminated from playoff contention as they enter this game with a record of 7-9 which puts them in 3rd place in the AFC West, and are coming off a 20-23 loss on the road against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday which also ended their two-game winning streak.

 

Las Vegas had one of the better-scoring defenses in the league this season as they allowed an average of 19.81 points per game which ranks 8th in the NFL, however, they were one of the lowest-scoring teams in the NFL as they enter this game averaging 19.06 points per game which ranks 25th in the league. The Las Vegas Raiders will look to bounce back following the loss against the Indianapolis Colts when they host the Denver Broncos on Sunday afternoon in week 18 of the NFL season.



BookMaker has the Las Vegas Raiders listed as 2.5-point favorites at home against the Denver Broncos on Sunday afternoon in week 18 of the NFL season. Las Vegas has won nine of the last ten including the previous seven meetings while going 9-1 ATS in the last ten and covering the spread in five straight games in the series. The Denver Broncos are 6-9-1 ATS overall, 2-4-1 ATS on the road, 3-4 ATS as an underdog, and 3-2 ATS in division games this season while the Las Vegas Raiders are 9-6-1 ATS overall, 5-2-1 ATS at home, 4-2 ATS as a favorite, and 3-2 ATS in division games on the year.



Las Vegas has been the dominant team in the series, winning seven straight meetings and nine of the previous ten. The Raiders have also been the better team at covering the spread in the series going 9-1 ATS in the last ten and covering the spread in the previous five matchups while also being the better team at covering the spread this season with a record of 9-6-1 ATS overall while the Broncos are 6-9-1 ATS overall. Buy the .5 point and lay the points with the Las Vegas Raiders when they host the Denver Broncos. 



Spooky Express Pick: Las Vegas Raiders -2