NFL betting could actually be popular on the Oakland Raiders this week. When was the last time you could say that?
The Raiders shocked the Pittsburgh Steelers last week in pro football betting and they are just a one-point NFL betting underdog at home in this matchup on Sunday against Washington.
NFL betting on the Raiders has turned around since Oakland put Bruce Gradkowski in at quarterback. Owner Al Davis has made a mess of the franchise in recent years but when the team finally decided to bench Davis favorite JaMarcus Russell, the team started to win. Gradkowski threw three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter last week to lead the Raiders to an NFL betting win. He is the first Oakland quarterback to throw for three touchdowns in the fourth quarter since Ken Stabler did it in 1979. Gradkowski threw for 308 yards in the pro football betting win. "I’m pretty confident in my abilities and being a starter in this league," said Gradkowski, "If (Sunday) cemented it, that’s good. My goal is to continue to be successful and put this team in position to win football games."
Washington is favored in NFL betting although it is hard to see why. The Redskins have lost three straight games in heart-breaking fashion and may not have much left for this game against Oakland. They lost in overtime to New Orleans last week in a game they should have won. Kicker Shaun Suisham missed a chip shot 23-yard field goal that would have given the Redskins a 10-point lead with just under 2 minutes left. NFL betting info shows that Suisham was cut this week. He also missed makeable kicks in the 7-6 loss to Dallas a few weeks ago.
The Redskins and Raiders have not played since 2005 in pro football betting when the Redskins won 16-13. The teams have not met in NFL betting in Oakland since 1998. The Redskins are 4-0 in NFL betting in their last 4 games overall. The Redskins are 0-6-1 ATS in their last 7 games as an NFL betting favorite.
The Raiders are 10-21 against the NFL betting number in their last 31 games as a home underdog.
Five of the last six Washington games have gone over in NFL betting. When they are favored though, 16 of their last 22 have gone under in pro football betting.