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McGloin Gets His Playoff Warm-up Against Broncos

Matt McGloin will get his first start since 2013, as the Oakland Raiders visit the Denver Broncos on Sunday. McGloin, who will lead the Raiders into the playoffs after Derek Carr suffered a broken fibula, was 1-5 SU when he started six games for Oakland back in 2013 as a rookie.

Shark Bites
  • The Raiders are 2-8 SU and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games against the Broncos.
  • The Broncos are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games against the AFC West.
  • The Raiders are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games on the road.

The talent around McGloin is far superior this time around, as he will be throwing to Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree instead of Rod Streater and Denarius Moore. McGloin doesn’t have the arm that Carr does, but he could capitalize on short throws to a receiving unit that has the 10th-most yards after the catch in the NFL.

The Broncos and Carolina Panthers have become just the fifth pairing in NFL history to compete in a Super Bowl, then both fail to make the playoffs the following season. After starting the season 4-0, Denver has gone 4-7 while scoring just 18 points per game. The biggest issue has been the quarterback play and Gary Kubiak has said he is unsure if Trevor Siemian or Paxton Lynch will start this game.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Bettors who were going with the Denver Broncos in this one found them listed as -3.5-point favorites on the betting line at Bovada. Fans betting on totals have seen that number set earlier in the week at 42 for Sunday.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game picked a potential 23-20 result in favor of the Broncos. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NFL matchups here.

Oakland Raiders vs Denver Broncos Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Oakland Raiders will try to spoil to the party on Sunday; they are 10-5 ATS against the spread this season, while the Denver Broncos are 8-7 ATS. Oakland is 11-4 on the over under betting totals; Denver is 7-8. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Denver vs Oakland injuries news.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 20-rated Denver Broncos and the No. 6-ranked Oakland Raiders, according to the NFL Power Rankings here at Odds Shark.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Denver Broncos No. 22-ranked offense (20.6 PPG) against a Oakland Raiders defense that ranks No. 20 at 24.07 PPG. The Broncos passing attack has averaged 231.93 yards per game, less than the Raiders give up through the air (260.93 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Oakland Raiders feature the league's No. 13-rated road run defense, allowing 106.29 yards per game. The Denver Broncos, meanwhile, ranks No. 13 in rushing offense at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Oakland comes off a game where it received a 3-TD performance from Derek Carr in defeating the Colts 33-25.

Denver was hamered in its last outing, as Kansas City ran up a 33-10 score against them at Arrowhead Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • Oakland is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games
  • Oakland is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 7 of Oakland's last 9 games
  • Oakland is 9-1 ATS in its last 10 games on the road
  • Denver is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Denver is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Denver's last 6 games
  • Denver is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games at home

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