Oakland Raiders Betting Odds Preview
It is hard to believe that things can get any worse for the Oakland Raiders after 10 straight seasons without a winning record. But after going just 4-12 SU in 2012, the Raiders have gone into full rebuild mode and enter the 2013 season with one of the worst teams on paper in the entire NFL.
After two straight 8-8 SU seasons, the Raiders took a step backwards in 2012, going just 4-12 SU and 5-11 ATS. Oakland made a wonderful fade down the stretch with a 1-8 SU and 2-7 ATS record over its last nine games, and there could be plenty more where that came from this season.
Despite ranking 18th in total yards on offense with 344.0 yards per game, Oakland’s terrible red zone offense led to the team finishing 26th in the NFL in scoring with just 18.1 points per game. Last year’s two best weapons on offense, Carson Palmer (who passed for 4,018 yards) and tight end Brandon Myers, are both gone.
Matt Flynn takes over at quarterback, and actually has some solid pieces around him in RB Darren McFadden and wide receivers Denarius Moore and Jacoby Ford. But McFadden and Ford have fought major injury issues throughout their careers, so expecting long term production from them is risky.
And even if the offense does stay healthy and produce, the defense is a work in progress to say the least. After finishing 28th in the NFL allowing 27.7 points per game last year, Oakland has completely revamped its defense and lost a lot of key players including Richard Seymour and leading tackler Philip Wheeler. The return of Charles Woodson is nice, but it doesn’t cover up the glaring holes in this unit.
Over the last decade under Al Davis, Oakland never went through a proper rebuild, always trying to patch holes up by throwing money at overrated players. This time, the Raiders are trying to go about it the right way; but it will take a while before they reap the rewards.
AFC West Odds at Bovada as of July 31
Denver Broncos -400
Kansas City Chiefs +600
San Diego Chargers +650
Oakland Raiders +2000