National Football League: Week 17 OAK vs. DEN
Oakland Raiders (12-3, 6-1 away) at Denver Broncos (8-7, 4-3 home)
January 1, 2017- 4:25 PM ET (TV CBS) Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium, Denver, CO
With a first-round bye on the line, the Oakland Raiders will go into hostile Mile High Stadium on Sunday afternoon to battle the Denver Broncos in a crucial AFC West showdown that has the following betting lines;
Best Raiders Lines: Bovada Spread (+2) ML “See Live Odds”
Best Broncos Lines: MyBookie Spread (-1.5) ML “See Live Odds”
Over/Under: BetOnline 40.5
With already a playoff berth secured, the Silver and Black will seek an important first-round bye to get some rest and get healthy, but to do so will need to win on the road against the defending champions who will look to play the role of spoiler.
More importantly, however for the Raiders (12-3) is that they will need to do it without their MVP quarterback in Derek Carr, who is lost for the season after undergoing surgery to repair a broken fibula. Now with Carr lost the remainder of the season and a deep run in the playoffs still in their hopes, the Raiders will need to get it done with seldom used backup signal caller Matt McGloin.
Now with McGloin at the helm, the Raiders will ask him to help lead the way in helping secure a division title with a win. Oakland can also claim title to the West with a loss by the also playoff-bound Kansas City Chiefs who will be playing at San Diego. A loss by the Raiders coupled with a KC win means Oakland will fall to the fifth-seed setting up a first-round matchup against AFC South winner Houston.
Winners of eight of their last nine games, the Raiders will look to an even stronger finish with one more pivotal win to set themselves up for the playoffs.
For the Broncos (8-7), they were officially eliminated last week against KC in what has to be a disappointing end after starting 7-3 only to then go 1-4. QB Trevor Siemian and backup Paxton Lynch will split the play calling duties in hopes of guiding the team to a winning season while playing spoiler to their division rival.
Denver is a banged-up team on the defensive side of the ball and may be challenged trying to slow down the high-powered attack of the Raiders.
That is of course if McGloin can find some confidence and success against the Broncos. With no Carr, the experts are putting their confidence in the home team as MyBookie is favoring DEN (-1.5) points over OAK, while Bovada is giving the “underdog” Raiders (+2) points. BetOnline delivers the over/under at 40.5 total game points scored.
Staying with the visitors to come together and play well, I will favor the Raiders PLUS the points (+2) for the huge road win as my betting pick.