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NFL Betting: Denver Broncos vs. Oakland Raiders

It’s a double dose of Monday Night Football in Week 1 NFL betting action and the night cap will feature the Broncos against the arch rival, the Raiders.

Football betting fans can view this AFC West match-up on ESPN, with kickoff from Oakland slated to begin at 10:15 PM. Though Oakland broke a string of five consecutive losses to the Broncos last December, Raiders bettors have smiled, as they have covered the spread in all four meetings between these teams over the past two years.

The Broncos fans hope that 2008 will mark the breakout season for QB Jay Cutler. The Vanderbilt product completed 63.6% of his passes for a shade under 3,500 yards in his first full year as a starter in ’07, and will need to put up even better numbers for Denver to return to the playoffs for the first time in three years.

Football betting aficionados who took the ‘over’ in Broncos games made an absolute killing last year, as they went 11-4-1 against the closing NFL betting line. The silver and black looked black and blue after most of their games in 2007. NFL betting followers who backed the Raiders closed out the year on a 3-8-1 ATS stretch.

However, one of those three wins was against the Broncos, as they beat Denver 34-20 in Week 13 in spite of the fact that the football betting odds had them as 3.5-point underdogs. If the pre-season is any indicator of how the season is going to go, it’s going to be incredibly long for Raider Nation.

Oakland was outscored 64-32 in their first three pre-season games, including getting shutout by the Arizona Cardinals in a game when most of the starters played into the third quarter. Sportsbook now has the Broncos laying three points against their divisional rivals, with the ‘total’ now sitting at 41.5. Both games went ‘over’ the ‘total’ last year, with the average score of their games reaching 48.5.

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