The Raiders had been concerned in 13 one-possession video games final season, successful 4 of them en path to a 6-11 report.
Primarily based on level spreads posted at Caesars Sportsbook for NFL Weeks 1 by means of 17, the Raiders are anticipated to be concerned in loads of shut video games once more this season.
The Raiders are favored to win 5 video games, together with 4 at dwelling, and the unfold is 2 factors or much less in all of them.
At Allegiant Stadium, they’re -2 over the Steelers, -2 over the Giants, -1½ over the Vikings and -1 over the Packers. On the highway, they’re 1½-point favorites at Indianapolis on New Yr’s Eve.
They’re underdogs of 4½ factors or much less in eight video games and by two or much less in 4 video games: +1 at dwelling vs. the Patriots, +1 at Allegiant towards the Chargers, +1½ at Chicago and +2 at dwelling vs. the Jets.
The most important spreads are towards the Chiefs and Payments. The Raiders are 9½-point underdogs at Kansas Metropolis on Christmas Day and 5½-point dwelling underdogs to the Chiefs on Thanksgiving weekend. The Raiders are +8 at Buffalo in Week 2.
“The Raiders have a tough schedule, and so they play in a really powerful division,” Caesars assistant director of buying and selling Adam Pullen stated. “Their (AFC West) division is without doubt one of the hardest in soccer, and now the Broncos are a crew that everyone thinks goes to bounce again.
“So it is smart that they’re going to be concerned in a bunch of shut video games. That’s the way in which the numbers shook out.”
The Raiders’ regular-season win whole is 7½, and the beneath is a -140 favourite.
“It appears somewhat excessive simply on the floor, however issues change all year long,” Pullen stated. “As we’ve seen in years previous, there are some wacky outcomes. There might be video games the place they’re underdogs that they’re going to win.”
Pullen and a handful of different sportsbook employees members shared their opinions on all of the NFL strains earlier than coming to a consensus quantity on every sport by means of Week 17.
“Our sharper clientele is de facto digging into them. Yearly, you’re going to have groups that individuals assume we priced flawed,” Pullen stated. “There’s an enormous ingredient of likelihood, not solely from the bookmaker’s perspective however from the bettor’s perspective.
“You see it extra in school, however within the NFL, you additionally might have an enormous 10-point or two-touchdown transfer if there’s an enormous quarterback harm. There’s no assure you’re going to have closing-line worth in case you a guess a Week 15 sport within the month of Could.”
Pullen stated Caesars will ultimately submit strains on Week 18.
“In Week 18, you by no means know,” he stated. “Normally, if a crew is trying like it will likely be the No. 1 seed and have the bye, they don’t want the sport.”
Hail to the Chiefs
The defending Tremendous Bowl champion Chiefs are favorites in all 16 video games on the board. However there are a handful of toss-ups, as they’re -2 over the Jets, -3 over the Jaguars, -3½ over the Eagles, -3½ over the Bengals and -4 over the Payments.
The Bengals are underdogs in two video games. In addition to the AFC championship rematch at Kansas Metropolis, they’re 1-point underdogs at San Francisco.
Not within the Playing cards
The Cardinals are underdogs in all 16 video games, however Pullen thinks they deserve a bit extra respect.
“I’m somewhat extra bullish on the Cardinals,” he stated. “I’m not saying they’ll be a playoff crew, however my numbers weren’t as unhealthy as everybody thinks they’ll be.”
The Tom Brady-less Buccaneers are underdogs in all however two video games, as they’re -1 over the Panthers and a decide’em towards the Titans.
The Texans are underdogs in all however three video games, as they’re -2 over Arizona, -1 over Tampa Bay and a decide’em towards Indianapolis.
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