While the Denver Broncos started the 2018 NFL season with a victory, the Oakland Raiders suffered a heavy defeat in front of the home fans, so their H2H duel set for this Sunday, September 16th, at Mile High Stadium in Denver should bring plenty of excitements. The hosts are set as -250 favorites to grab a win, so let’s see what the bettors can expect from this clash.
Place: Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, CO
NFL Week 2: Sunday, September 16, 2018, 4:25 ET.
This Could Be a Painful Season for Oakland Raiders fans
The Oakland Raiders had a difficult time in the opening game of the season, as they were easily beaten by the Los Angeles Rams 33-13 in front of the home fans. The Raiders had a 13-10 lead at the halftime, but they were completely outplayed in the second half, allowing 23 unanswered points. They recorded 30 yards more than the Rams (395-365), but the Raiders also donate 155 yards to their opponents, interestingly, just 10 in the second half.
Derek Carr had a poor night, throwing for 303 yards, zero TD, and three interceptions while completing 29 out of his 40 passes to record 62.8 quarterback rating. The starting running back Marshawn Lynch was toting the ball 11 times for 41 yards and a touchdown, whilst Jalen Richard had 79 yards from scrimmage. The tight end Jared Cook was arguably the Raiders’ best player with 180 yards on nine receptions. Derek Carr and Marshawn Lynch both suffered injuries but should suit up for the upcoming clash against the Broncos.
The Raiders’ defense did a nice job in the first half, while in the second half, they fall apart just like the entire Raiders team. They prevent seven out of 11 3rd downs, but couldn’t force a single interception, recording five defended passes and just one sack thanks to Bruce Irvin.
The Denver Broncos Could Be Back on the Track
After a terrible 2017 season, the Denver Broncos managed to start the 2018 campaign with a victory in front of the home audience, beating the Seattle Seahawks 27-24 in one of the most thrilling games of the Week 1. The Broncos were trailing 24-20 at the start of the 4th quarter after Tyler Lockett’s touchdown, but Demaryius Thomas brought the victory 11 minutes before the end.
The newcomer Case Keenum made a good start as the Broncos’ QB, throwing for 329 yards, three touchdowns, and three interceptions while completing 25 out of his 39 passes. The Broncos’ offense has finally looked sharp, so Keenum could be a great addition, despite three interceptions at his debut. The running back duo Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman both had 15 carries for 71 yards each, but Lindsay also had a reception for a touchdown. Emmanuel Sanders caught 10 out of 11 targets for 135 yards and a TD, while Demaryius Thomas had six receptions for 63 yards and a TD.
The Broncos defense had some ups and downs during the game, allowing 306 yards to their opponents. However, they managed to tighten up the things in the 4th quarter, allowing just 63 yards to the Seahawks in the final period, none of them with rushing. The Broncos also prevented 10 out of 12 3rd down conversions, forcing a couple of interceptions and recording six sacks. Von Miller led his teammates with three sacks, six tackles, and two forced fumbles, showing that he’s still one of the best defenders in the NFL.
• 2-5-0 ATS in the last seven games versus AFC West rivals
• 1-5-1 ATS in the last seven games on the road
• 1-4-1 in the previous six games in Denver
• 2-6-0 ATS in the last eight matchups against the team with a losing record
• 1-4-1 ATS in the previous six home games
• Lost four out of their last six home games
The Broncos will try to build on that opening victory over the Seahawks, and the key factor should be their sturdy defense along with Case Keenum’s reliable play. Keenum will need some time to get along with the receiving corps, and there will be some games when nothing works well, but if the Broncos’ defense steps up, every rival will be in problems at Mile High Stadium. On the other side, the Oakland Raiders look pretty confused, and Jon Gruden will need more time to gel the things, while Khalil Mack’s departure apparently affected their defense. It should be a tight clash, but I think the hosts will get a win and eventually cover the spread.
The Pick: Denver Broncos (-6.0) at -110
The previous three H2H meetings were finished way in the under, as all had 30 points or fewer in total, and I think we should see more of the same on this Sunday. The Broncos’ defense seems sharp and up to the task, so I’m backing the under.
The Pick: Under 45.5 at -110