NFL odds: Broncos and Raiders playing for AFC West lead in Week 9
The Oakland Raiders (6–2) will finally get the chance to prove they belong atop the AFC West when they host the defending Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos (6–2) in a Sunday night matchup listed as a pick ’em at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
The Raiders have earned five of their six wins on the road so far this season, and they will be playing at home for the first time since losing to the Kansas City Chiefs 26–10 there as two-point underdogs in Week 6.
Since that setback against Kansas City, Oakland has won twice in the state of Florida, beating the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in similar spots the past two weeks. The latest victory was 30–24 in overtime against the Bucs behind a franchise-record 513 passing yards from quarterback Derek Carr last Sunday.
The Raiders overcame an NFL-record 23 penalties for 200 yards thanks to Carr's performance.
However, Denver has won eight of the past nine meetings with Oakland straight up, according to the OddsShark NFL Database, covering the spread in four of the last five. The Broncos have won two in a row at home after suffering their first two losses in back-to-back games against the Atlanta Falcons and San Diego Chargers
The Broncos are also 5–2 SU in their previous seven road games after playing consecutive home games.
Before that divisional battle kicks off, three other California teams will be hosting late Sunday games as well. Two of the three are home underdogs, with the San Francisco 49ers (1–6) playing the New Orleans Saints (3–4) and the Los Angeles Rams (3–4) taking on the Carolina Panthers (2–5).
The Saints and Panthers are each favored by three points and have both enjoyed recent series success versus their respective opponents. New Orleans has won seven of 10 SU against San Francisco while Carolina has taken five of six from the Rams and covered six of the previous seven meetings.
The Chargers (3–5) also host the Tennessee Titans (4–4) as five-point chalk and have won nine of 10 in that series, going 8-0-1 ATS in the previous nine.
The other late Sunday game for Week 9 involves the Green Bay Packers (4–3) and the Indianapolis Colts (3–5) at Lambeau Field. The Packers are seven-point home favorites but are just 2–6 ATS in the past eight meetings with the Colts, who are 6–0 ATS in their last six November games.