From AFC West divisional play the Denver Broncos will travel to face the Oakland Raiders on a Thursday night NFL pro football game. Kick off time from Oakland is scheduled for 8:20PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by NFL Network.
The point spread from Thursday Night Football opened up with the road team Denver Broncos favored by -12 points with an over under line of 49 ½ points. Early money has landed on the side of the home underdog Raiders as Denver is now favored by -10 ½ points. The total has moved down a ½ point to 49 points.
This is the second of two meetings this season between the Raiders and Broncos. They went head to head on September 30th and it was Denver with the 37-6 home win against Oakland as a -6 ½ point favorite. The total went under 47 points. NFL Trend: Oakland Raiders are 3-0 to the under in their past three games.
Denver has won seven straight to go to 9-3 on the season. They clinched the AFC West division last week with the 31-23 home win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a -7 ½ point betting favorite. The total landed over 49 ½ points. The Broncos overcame a 10-7 halftime deficit by outscoring Tampa Bay 21-0 in the third quarter. They put up 333 yards offensively with 91 rushing on 29 tries. Each team had one turnover. Peyton Manning hit on 27 of 38 passes for 242 yards with three touchdowns and one pick. Manning has 29 touchdowns and 9 interceptions on the year and hits on 68% of his throws. Demaryius Thomas had eight receptions for 99 yards and two touchdowns. Denver allowed Tampa Bay 306 yards of offense with 71 from their ground attack on 21 attempts. The Broncos have an offensive and defensive combined profile that makes them a legitimate Super Bowl contender. They rank 5th in total offense and 3rd in total defense on the season. After Oakland they travel to Baltimore in a game that can decide a first round bye for the playoffs. It could be too tough for Denver to catch Houston for best record in the AFC, as they trail by three games counting tiebreakers with five to play.
Oakland has lost five straight and enter Thursday Night Football with a bad 3-9 record on the 2012 campaign. The team comes off the 20-17 home defeat last week to the Cleveland Browns as a +3 point underdog. The total came in at under 40 points. The Raiders offense put up 429 yards with 85 running the football on 17 carries. They had one turnover and took two away from the Browns. Carson Palmer hit on 34 of 54 passes for 351 yards with two touchdowns and one pick. Palmer has 20 touchdowns and 13 picks on the year. Jeremy Stewart ran for 46 yards on 9 carries. Brandon Myers caught 14 passes for 130 yards with a touchdown. Oakland allowed the Browns offense to post up 475 offensive yards with 122 running on 30 rushes.