Denver Broncos vs. Las Vegas Raiders – NFL Week 10, 2020
The Denver Broncos couldn’t make another late comeback as they fell short to the Atlanta Falcons on the road because this time around, a poor first-half display cost them in the end. Nonetheless, the young Broncos are showing improvement and will pose a threat to the Raiders on Sunday. Denver now dropped to a 3-5 record and 3rd place in the AFC West.
The Las Vegas Raiders recovered from a heavy home loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a couple of wins over the Cleveland Browns and Los Angeles Chargers. They are still in the race for the top spot in the AFC West with a 5-3 record, but the reigning champions Kansas City Chiefs stand at 8-1. Las Vegas won the H2H tilt, though, and has a game in hand, so they must get a win on Sunday. Check out my Broncos vs. Raiders betting pick.
Broncos vs. Raiders Odds
Broncos’ Late Surge Not Enough to Avoid a Loss to the Falcons
For the second time in a row, the Denver Broncos scored 21 points in the final 15 minutes, but this time around, that was insufficient to come from behind and get a win as they fell short to the Atlanta Falcons 34-27. Once again, the Broncos experienced a slow start to the game and their defense was pretty non-existence in the first half as they allowed 20 and scored just three points. Drew Lock switched to a higher gear against in the fourth, and passed for a couple of TDs and scored one on the ground, but couldn’t complete a comeback in the last-minute drive.
Lock completed 25 of 48 passes for 313 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception, while he added a score on the ground and actually led the team in rushing yards with 47 on seven attempts. First-rounder rookie wideout Jerry Jeudy had the best game of his young career as he caught 125 yards and scored a TD on seven receptions; Tim Patrick also found the endzone, while KJ Hamler contributed with 75 yards on six catches. Phillip Lindsay and Melvin Gordon haven’t participated much because the Broncos were forced to chase a big deficit, so they combined for 41 rushing yards on 14 carries. Linebacker Josey Jewell got double-digit tackles as he finished the tilt with ten (nine solos).
The Broncos are the 27th team in the NFL when it comes to the offense with 21.8 points per game, 24th in passing yards (225.0), 16th in rushing yards (111.6), while they have the 22nd defense that allows 27.1 points per contest.
Raiders Narrowly Beat the Chargers on the Road
The Las Vegas Raiders managed to beat the divisional rivals Los Angeles Chargers on the road 31-26 thanks to the strong second half and some missed opportunities from the Chargers along the way. Los Angeles didn’t hit a field goal early in the game and then failed to convert a two-point try to tie it in the fourth quarter. Derek Carr couldn’t get the things going through the air in the opening 30 minutes but improved in the second half and led his team to a victory. Even though the Raiders totaled 320 yards opposite the Chargers’ 440 and had ten first downs fewer than the hosts (16-26), they used the opening moments of the second half to score a pair of TDs and change the course of the game.
Derek Carr completed 13 of 23 passes for 165 yards and two touchdowns. One of those TDs was a 45-yard missile for Nelson Agholor, who once again turned out to be a useful deep threat. The former Eagle ended the clash with 55 yards on two catches, Hunter Renfrow led the team with 60 yards on two receptions, while Darren Waller caught that second TD pass from Carr. On the ground, Devontae Booker and Josh Jacobs combined for 133 yards and scored a touchdown apiece. Las Vegas had three players with double digits in tackles as Nick Kwiatkoski (13), Lamarcus Joyner (12), and Johnathan Abram (10) were rock-solid on defense.
The Raiders are the 11th team in the NFL when it comes to the offense with 27.3 points per game, 19th in passing yards (240.4), 9th in rushing yards (131.3), while they have the 24th defense that allows 28.6 points per contest.
Broncos vs. Raiders Betting Pick
Denver Broncos +4.5-110
Each of the last six H2H duels was one-possession games, so I expect to see another tight encounter when the AFC West foes meet on Sunday. Both sides recorded three wins in the previous five games and although the Raiders are slight faves here, I wouldn’t bet my money on them to win, despite the fact they won the last four H2Hs at home.
The Broncos are playing better on the road, which was never the case before, but this season, as we all know, is specific, so anything can happen at Allegiant Stadium. For the third straight week (1-1 ATS), I am going with the Broncos to cover the spread. The game could be decided by a field goal.