In the AFC West, the Denver Broncos prepare to host the Oakland Raiders tonight, Monday Sept 23rd, for some Monday Night Football. The Broncos enter this game at 2-0, while the Raiders have been a pleasant surprise at 1-1. Denver has won 13 consecutive regular-season games, the longest winning streak in the NFL. The Raiders vs Broncos Point Spread for Monday Night Football has the Broncos listed as -14.5 point home favorite against the Raiders with the total set at 48.5 points. Be sure to get your Raiders vs Broncos Pick in early ahead of MNF kick-off.
The Raiders (1-1, 0-1 V) won their home opener 19-9 over the Jaguars last Sunday. QB Terrelle Pryor ran for 50 yards and threw for 126 in his first home start, while RB Darren McFadden ran for 129 yards off 19 carries. Sebastian Janikowski added four field goals. Oakland’s defense held Jacksonville out of the end zone until the closing minutes.
If the Raiders are going to have any chance, it figures to come on the strength of their league-leading rushing offence (198.5 yards per game) and a defence that finished Week 2 tied for the NFL lead in sacks with nine. Pryor, who won the starting job over off-season pickup Matt Flynn, had 162 yards rushing in the first two games — most among quarterbacks in a league featuring Michael Vick, Colin Kaepernick and RG3 — though he insists running is only a last resort. Oakland is 11-2 when McFadden rushes for 100 yards.
If Oakland is to pull out an upset of the Broncos, it’s going to need McFadden to be at his best. Oakland is 11-2 when McFadden rushes for 100 yards.
Oakland’s defense ranks fourth in the league with an average of 261 yards allowed and will look to exploit Broncos LT Ryan Clady’s absence with a unit that has collected nine sacks.
The Broncos (2-0, 1-0 H) got past the New York Giants, 41-23, in Week 2. Peyton Manning threw for 307 yards with two touchdown passes and got the win with a huge boost from RB Knowshon Moreno, who rushed for two touchdowns and 93 yards. Denver rushed for 109 yards altogether.
The Broncos headed into Week 3 with 90 points, 24 more than second-ranked Green Bay. They have started 30 drives, 11 resulting in touchdowns and two more producing field goals. Manning has opened the season with nine touchdowns and no interceptions, — the first quarterback to do that. These performances have come against Baltimore and the New York Giants, the last two teams to win the Super Bowl.
Manning’s passer rating is off the charts at a league-leading 131.0 He has weapons all over the field in the wide receiver troika of Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker and Eric Decker to go with emerging tight end Julius Thomas, and former first-round draft pick Knowshon Moreno
Recent Trends to Consider and NFL Points Spreads:
Raiders are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 meetings in Denver.
Over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
Road team is 8-2 ATS in their last 10 meetings.
Broncos are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games after allowing less than 90 yards rushing in their previous game.
Broncos are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games after allowing more than 250 yards passing in their previous game.
Broncos are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
Raiders are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 Monday games.
Raiders are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. win.
Raiders are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win.
Oakland Raiders vs Denver Broncos
When: Monday Sept 23@8:30 PM ET
Pick: Broncos -14.5
The Bottom Line: Peyton Manning & Co will steamroll the Raiders, who don’t have the offense to match Denver’s. We recommend you signup with SportsBettingOnline to receive a 10% signup bonus heading into the Raiders vs Broncos game.