In any other division a matchup of 2-4 teams wouldn’t be that important in football betting but in the AFC West the winner of the game between Oakland and Denver will still be in the race.
The Broncos are favored at home in NFL football betting against their long-time rivals.
Denver -7, total 42.5 at the Sbg sportsbook
The Broncos are favored by a touchdown in this Sunday matchup. The Raiders are coming off a 17-9 loss last week to San Francisco while the Broncos suffered a tough home loss to the New York Jets. The Broncos have won 11 of the last 18 in the series although they lost the last meeting against the Raiders by a score of 20-19.
Oakland Quarterback – The Raiders had no idea who they were going to start at quarterback this week. Bruce Gradkowski and Jason Campbell are banged up so there is a chance it could be third stringer Kyle Boller. The Raiders could be worth a play if Gradkowski goes but you want to run and hide if it is Campbell or Boller. It was thought that Campbell would be the answer this year for Oakland at quarterback but he has been terrible. He was 8 for 21 for only 83 yards last week. The Raiders are simply a team you can’t bet if Campbell is at quarterback.
Denver’s Passing Game – The Broncos have an offense that can score and it rides on the arm of quarterback Kyle Orton. Last week Orton struggled a little bit but he still had over 200 yards passing and if not for a late interference penalty the Broncos would have won. Denver ranks 3rd overall in passing yards per game. The problem for Denver is their rushing attack which is last in the league.
Football Betting Trends – The Raiders are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. the AFC West. The Broncos are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Broncos are 9-23-1 ATS in their last 33 home games. The Broncos are 6-17-1 ATS in their last 24 vs. the AFC West. The trends do favor the Raiders as they are 4-0 against the NFL football betting number in the last four games at Denver. If the Raiders have a quarterback, this could be a high scoring game. The Over is 4-0 in the Broncos last 4 games in October and the Over is 4-1 in the Broncos last 5 home games.