Denver Broncos vs. Oakland Raiders NFL Week 1 Predictions, Preview & Betting Tips
We have Denver Broncos vs. Oakland Raiders NFL Week 1 Predictions for the big game this Monday night in Oakland.
Week 1 of the NFL season will come to an end when the Denver Broncos visit the Oakland Raiders Monday night in a clash of AFC West rivals.
This will be the second of two games on Monday, September 9, so kickoff isn’t scheduled until 10:20 EST. Current odds have the Raiders as 1-point favorites at home with an over/under of 43 points.
Denver Broncos Form
In the years since their most recent Super Bowl win, the Broncos have struggled to achieve that same level of success.
After two bad seasons under Vance Joseph, the Broncos have hired Vic Fangio as their new head coach. After being Chicago’s defensive coordinator last season, the Broncos are hoping Fangio can work the same kind of magic for their talented defense and once again put them in a position to compete at the top of the AFC.
Talent-wise, not much has changed for the Broncos since they won the Super Bowl. They still have Von Miller, who remains one of the best pass rushers in the NFL.
Miller also appears to have a suitable running mate in Bradley Chubb, giving Denver’s pass rush incredible potential. Of course, that pass rush will be far better if the Broncos can stop the run, something they struggled to do last season.
The hope is that Todd Davis and Josey Jewell can help stuff the run playing behind a solid front-3.
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) September 4, 2019
The Broncos also added Kareem Jackson and Bryce Callahan to a secondary that already includes Chris Harris, who’s one of the best in the game, and athletic freak Justin Simmons, so the Denver defense certainly has potential.
Part of the problem in Denver since winning the Super Bowl has been a lack of competent quarterback play. The Broncos traded for Joe Flacco in hopes that he’ll be an upgrade over Case Keenum.
Denver’s receivers have potential, but Flacco will be working with a young group outside of injury-prone veteran Emmanuel Sanders.
Aside from Flacco, the biggest key is the offensive line, which has had some issues in recent years. If adding Ja’Wuan James and bringing in Mike Munchak to coach the O-line helps, the Broncos should be able to run the ball with Pro Bowler Phillip Lindsay and take some of the pressure off Flacco.
Oakland Raiders Form
In what is expected to be the team’s final season in Oakland, the Raiders have nowhere to go but up. Jon Gruden’s return was a total disaster, as the Raiders went 4-12 last season.
But they had a busy offseason, adding several notable players they hope can put the team in a position to compete for a playoff spot.
On offense, the biggest addition was Antonio Brown. Of course, the Raiders had Amari Cooper during the first part of the 2018 season, and that didn’t seem to help matters.
On the other hand, Derek Carr has been a Pro Bowl quarterback in the past and if youngsters like Tyrell Williams and Hunter Renfrow can force teams to respect them, it should open up opportunities for Brown to make plays.
“You can lead the league in effort because it takes no talent, it’s just a decision that you make”
– Oakland Raiders HC Jon Gruden
— Eric Musselman (@EricPMusselman) September 3, 2019
Oakland also hopes that the addition of Trent Brown at left tackle can help to turnaround one of the worst offensive lines in football last year.
Not only do they need to protect Carr better, but they need to get the running game going behind rookie Josh Jacobs.
Defensively, the Raiders have a long way to go after going up a franchise-high in points and amassing an NFL-low in sacks in 2018. Needless to say, changes were made with free agents like Vontaze Burfict and 1st-round pick Clelin Ferrell being two of the more notable offseason additions.
However, the Raiders are still a work in progress and it might take a little bit of time to get everyone on the same page.
Denver Broncos vs. Oakland Raiders head-to-head
It doesn’t take an NFL historian to know that there’s been a lot of bad blood between these two teams over the years.
The Broncos and Raiders have one of the most bitter rivalries in the NFL. While the Raiders have a lead in the all-time series, Denver has been the more dominant team in this rivalry over the past two decades, including an eight-game winning streak over Oakland from 2011 to 2015.
However, the teams have split the season series in four straight years with the home team winning the last six games in this rivalry.
Denver Broncos vs. Oakland Raiders Betting Trends
- Raiders are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games on grass.
- Raiders are 9-19-2 ATS in their last 30 games overall.
- Broncos are 2-0-2 ATS in their last 4 games in Week 1.
- Home team is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings.
Denver Broncos vs. Oakland Raiders NFL Week 1 Predictions
After last season, the Broncos needed a few tweaks while the Raiders needed wholesale changes. It’s a little more likely that the Broncos made their tweaks in time for Week 1 than the Raiders made major alterations.
It also feels a little foolish to look at the Raiders as favorites, even at home.
Bet on the Broncos to win a close Monday night game against their hated rivals.
Denver Broncos vs. Oakland Raiders NFL Week 1 Predictions: Broncos to win (-110) @ BetOnline