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What: Oakland Raiders vs. Denver Broncos : NFL Week 4
When: 4:05 pm EST. Sunday, September 30, 2012
Where: Sports Authority Field at Mile High

One of the fiercest rivalries in the NFL will be renewed this Sunday when the Oakland Raiders 1-2 (1-2 ATS) and Denver Broncos 1-2 (1-2 ATS) face off in the Mile High City. The Raiders are coming off of a big win against the Steelers last week, while the Broncos lost 31-25 to the Texans. Both teams need to pick-up a win and I expect this game to be one of the best week 4 match-ups.

Oakland vs. Denver Betting Odds: Point Spread, Money Line & Over/Under

Denver opened as -5.5 point favorites, and they’ve been bet up to -7 (-105) by the time this article is being written (Saturday @ 1:30am EST). The total hasn’t moved much since it opened at 48.5 points. The over/under seems high in this game and I’m surprised it hasn’t dropped. Both of the mobile sportsbooks below accept US bettors and Visa credit card deposits.

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Money Line
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Oakland Raiders
Denver Broncos
+7 (-115)
-7 (-105)
o48.5 (-110)
u48.5 (-110)
+7 (-115)
-7 (-105)
o49 (-110)
u49 (-110)

Oakland Raiders

The Oakland Raiders came from behind to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 34-31 last Sunday. It was the first win for Oakland in 2012, and it will be interesting to see how they respond in week 4. RB Darren McFadden is nursing a shoulder injury and has been limited in practice this week.

McFadden is expected to start against Denver and will be vital to the team’s offense. Oakland is doing a great job passing the football, and the passing offense is actually ranked 8th overall (283.7 PYPG). The rushing attack ranks almost dead last in the NFL (62.3 RYPG – 31st), but that means nothing if McFadden plays the entire game.

In the first three weeks, the big problem the Raiders have had is on defense. Oakland ranks 26th against the pass (264.7 PYPG), 20th against the rush (116.3 RYPG), and 26th in points allowed (29.3 PPG). They need to play better this week if they want to beat the Broncos. In week 3, the Broncos passing game wasn’t great overall, but started to show some positive signs. Although we haven’t seen Manning at his best yet, he should continue to get better and get more comfortable with the Broncos receivers.

As of Saturday morning, the Raiders have a bunch of guys listed as probable or questionable, but it looks like many of them will be playing.

Denver Broncos

The Denver Broncos have just one win this year, against the Steelers back in week 1. Since then, Denver has lost their last two games against the Falcons and Texans (both undefeated teams). Denver will now get a shot to play the bully roll against OAK.

Denver’s offense only ranks 14th in passing (258 PYPG) and 24th in rushing (90.3 RYPG), but they’ve played three tough teams. Denver has averaged 25.7 PPG (12th), but one thing that has cost them is turnovers (2.0 TO’s per game – 24th). If Denver wins the turnover battle and Manning takes a small step forward, the Broncos will win this home game.

Considering the changes this year and the difficulty of their competition so far, handicappers need to give Denver more credit than their record shows. Manning only completed 26 of 52 passes in week 3, but he’s making progress. Eric Decker had a big game, catching 8 passes for 136 yards. Veteran Brandon Stokley added 6 more receptions for 73 yards.

There are no major injury concerns heading into this game and Denver has the edge on both sides of the football. The defense has been solid early on for the Broncos except for in the most important category, which is points against (25.7 PPG – 21st).

Oakland / Denver Point Spread

Most of the early betting has come in on the Broncos, and the point spread has been moving. Denver is the better team and as long as they don’t turn the football over they’ll win at home and cover. I expect Von Miller to have a big game, putting pressure on Carson Palmer and forcing the Raiders to run the ball. Manning is going to air it out again, and I think the experience he’s gained with his WR’s and TE’s will pay off this Sunday. I’m taking the Broncos -7 (-105) at BetOnline.com.

Raiders Point Spread

Although the Raiders put up a good fight and beat the Steelers last week, I think the Broncos are well suited to beat them. Of course anything could happen, but I think the Broncos will take this home game by 7-10 points, so I’m not betting the Raiders point spread. At the time this article is being written, the Raiders point spread is +7 (-115) at BetOnline and Bovada.

Broncos Point Spread

As I’ve mentioned above, I like the Broncos to cover the spread in this one. In this rivalry, I don’t usually like either team at -7, but I think Sunday will be a good day for Peyton Manning and the Broncos. I think we’ll see some of that old Peyton Manning we’re used to, and see the Broncos make a statement this weekend.

Oakland Raiders vs. Denver Broncos Money Line

The latest Raiders vs. Broncos money line has the Raiders +260, and Broncos -310. There’s no sense in betting on Denver at those odds, even though I think they’ll win it decidedly. While I don’t think Oakland will win, the odds are enticing. Both teams are capable of mistakes, and if you like the Raiders in this one, I don’t see how you pass up +260. Since I’m taking the Broncos on the spread, of course I won’t be taking this bet, but I wouldn’t argue with anyone betting the Raiders money line here.

If you like the Raiders SU, you can get them at +260 at BetOnline.

Denver vs. Oakland Over/Under Odds

The current Raiders vs Broncos over/under is 48.5 at BetOnline and 49 at Bovada. I think this is high in a divisional rivalry game that should be hard hitting from start to finish. Most bets have been on the over due to both teams scoring a lot, but I expect this to be a very closely fought game that won’t have too much scoring involved.

I like the under in this one, taking u49 (-110) at Bovada.lv.

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This article was written by Jess

Jess is the editor of MobileSportsBetting.com. His job duties include everything nobody else is doing, and making sure it all gets done on time. When he gets a chance, Jess loves to write about NFL, MLB, Formula 1, and tennis betting.

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