Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos
Date and Time: Monday 9/23/13 at 8:25pm on ESPN
Game Line: Denver Broncos -16.5 (from 5Dimes)
Preview: This week will be the first Monday Night game that features a power house against a bottom feeder, but it won’t be the last. The Super Bowl favorite Broncos have looked virturally unstoppable through their first two games, beating two above average teams in the Ravens and Giants handily. While Peyton Manning’s success is to be expected, they have also gotten contributions from RB Knowshon Moreno and TE Julius Thomas making this offense even more deadly. On top of that, their defense is top five against the run and holding their own against the pass, until some of their key pieces return. On the Raiders side, Tyrelle Pryor has ended any though of a QB controversy. His ability to extend a play and lack of turnovers has solidified his spot in the starting role. RB Darren McFadden enters every season with top-tier expectations, and every year he ends up hurt. This year he has stayed healthy albeit through two games, but has looked only average. Tyrelle Pryor has been the reason their offense has looked respectable through two games. Defensively, the Raiders have been very average. Keep in mind, their numbers are skewed a little by playing Jacksonville last week, in what will figure to be one of their only wins this season. They’re only allowing 180 yards per game through the air to this point, but they haven’t faced a team with an attack like the Broncos. While laying double-digit points is usually a losing proposition in the NFL, we’re going to need to see someone slow down this Denver attack before we’re willing to pick against them. The odds are very good that Oakland will need to score 21 or more points in this game to even have a chance of covering this number and we just don’t see that happening.
Raiders at Broncos Free NFL Pick: Broncos -16.5 and over 48.5
Raiders at Broncos Game Prediction: 34-16 Broncos
What to expect in this week 3 NFL matchup: We will be very surprised if this game is even in contention in the second half. Look for Bronco’s RB Monte Ball to get some carries, and Ronnie Hillman to get some work as Denver will surely have a big lead to sit on for most of the fourth quarter, and they have not meet expectations so far this season. Tyrelle Pryor will use his legs to extend a few drives, but it won’t be nearly enough to compete with the Denver offense. The loss of All-Pro tackle Ryan Clady will hurt the Denver offense eventually, but this isn’t the week. They just have too many weapons for Oakland and will light them up on Monday Night. This will likely set up one of the highest betting totals in NFL history when the Eagles come to Denver next week.