MNF Prop Betting – Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders

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Don Shapiro
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Neither team is going to the playoffs, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to play for when long time rivals the Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders hook up in the final Monday Night Football contest of the 2018 season.


With a pair of wins in the final two weeks, the Broncos can avoid their first back-to-back losing seasons since 1972. And there should be plenty of emotion on the Silver and Black sideline as this could be the team’s final game in the Coliseum – again. Prime time prop bet options will be plentiful at BookMaker.eu.

Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders

Date and Time: Monday, December 24, 2018, 8:15 p.m. ET

Location: Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, CA

NFL Odds: Broncos -3, O/U 43

Broncos at Raiders TV Coverage: ESPN

In a series that dates back to the first year of the old American Football League, the Broncos and Raiders have played every season as members of the West Division since 1960, first in the AFL then after the merger in the NFL. Over those decades plenty of animosity and dislike has built up, and even though there isn’t much at stake in terms of postseason activity, they still want to beat the crap out of each other.

Denver gave Case Keenum the keys to the offense after the veteran journeyman took the Vikings to the NFC Championship. Keenum hasn’t been bad, but he hasn’t been nearly good enough or consistent to give the offense much spark. One player that has exceeded expectations is undrafted Phillip Lindsay, who enters Monday’s game needing nine yard to reach 1,000 for the season.

Denver has relied on the rookie to establish the NFL’s 11th ranked run game. And that’s sobering news for the Raiders, who have been junk trying to stop opposing teams from running the football. Cincinnati’s Joe Mixon raced for 129 yards and the Bengals totaled 171 on the ground against Oakland last week.


Opponents have had their way against the Raiders, as evidenced by their league-worst 146.4 yards per game allowed. That sets up well for Lindsay to do some damage. He had 107 yards in the first meeting between the clubs and after a few subpar outings should be licking his chops at the thought of facing the Raiders. Lindsay has a little something to prove as well. He was named to the Pro Bowl but he combined for just 54 rushing yards in the last two games. I like Lindsay to win a prop bet at BookMaker.eu for exceeding his rushing yard total against the suspect Raiders.

Oakland has struggled to move the football and score most of the season, but Derek Carr has at least been consistent behind center. He’s completing more than 68 percent of his passes while averaging 264 yards per game. More impressive is that he hasn’t thrown an interception in nine straight games. Since the Raiders can’t run the football, Carr will get plenty of chances to go over his passing yard total on a prop bet at BookMaker.eu.

The trade of Amari Cooper took Carr’s top target out of the lineup. So he just came up with another one. It’s worth keeping an eye on tight end Jared Cook, who has emerged as a legitimate threat in the passing game and leads Oakland with 63 receptions, 848 yards and six touchdowns. We’ve watched Denver have issues defending tight ends and Cook has been one of the best this season.

Lee Smith has been Carr’s secret weapon recently, too. Cook’s sidekick has just 10 catches for the year, but he’s been a red zone threat the last three weeks. Lee has one catch in each of those games, with all going for touchdowns. When the Raiders get down near the Broncos goal line it’s worth taking a look at Smith on the live betting lines at BookMaker.eu.

Denver has two of the best edge rushers in the game in Von Miller and Bradley Chubb, and with Carr expected to throw a lot of passes, there’s a good chance one or both will get their hands on the Raiders signal-caller. Oakland’s line has been like a sieve allowing Carr to get sacked 47 times with 30 of those coming in the last seven games. Miller needs two sacks to reach 100 for his career and Chubb is 2.5 sacks away from tying the league’s single season record for rookies. They both see the carrot on the end of the stick against a weak Raiders’ line and there is a strong possibility that they both are involved at some point.

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