The final week of the 2019 NFL schedule has arrived as teams look to wrap up another long season on the field. In Denver, the Denver Broncos will welcome AFC West divisional rival the Oakland Raiders to Empower Field in a key matchup at 4:25pm ET. For these two teams this will mark the last meeting between the two clubs with the Raiders being a member of the Oakland community as the team will begin play in 2020 in their new destination of Las Vegas.
While the Broncos have very little to play for, a win by the Raiders will keep them alive in the wild card playoff picture based on what a few of the other teams do around the NFL. For the Broncos, this game gives rookie quarterback Drew Lock a fifth straight start after returning from an injury that kept him out of the team’s first 11 games of the season. Over his first four starts, Lock has thrown for 843 yards with six touchdowns and three interceptions.
In the team’s week one meeting, the Raiders delivered a 24-16 to the hometown fans to open the season at 1-0. In that game, the Raiders used a strong performed by Derek Carr, Josh Jacobs and Tyrell Williams to pick up the win. Carr finished the game 22 of 26 with 259 yards and one touchdown pass. Jacobs rushed for 85 yards with two touchdowns while Williams pulled in six catches for 105 yards and a touchdown catch.
Heading into Week 17, the Broncos are a 3.5 favor playing at home, while the over/under sits at 41 total points. Here is an NFL Game Preview and NFL Pick and Prediction for the upcoming matchup between the Raiders and Broncos.
Shut Down the Running Game
The Raiders enter this contest coming off a solid defensive effort against the Los Angeles Chargers during Week 16. In that contest, the Chargers defense allowed quarterback Philip Rivers to make plays but shut down the Chargers rushing attack. The Raiders held the Chargers to just 19 rushing yards on 16 carries forcing the Chargers to turn to Rivers. In Week 17, the Raiders will need to look to shut down Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman who combined for 137 yards on 28 carries and two touchdowns in the Broncos Week 16 win. If the Raiders can shut down the run, it will force the Broncos to turn to their rookie quarterback.
Attack the Quarterback
The 2019 NFL season has been an up and down ride for quarterback Derek Carr, the success in Week 17 for the Denver Broncos will be to attack the quarterback early while forcing him into making mistakes. The veteran quarterback enters this game will zero interceptions over the team’s last three games. On the year the Raiders are 1-5 in games Carr throws an interception while going 6-3 in games when the quarterback avoids throwing an interception.
Oakland Raiders vs. Denver Broncos NFL Pick and Prediction
This will mark the team’s second meeting of the 2019 NFL schedule with the Raiders picking up the win to open up the new season. Over the course of the last four meetings, the Raiders are 3-1 over the stretch with their one loss coming back in September of 2019 in Denver. Looking back at their last five contests in the Mile High City, the Broncos have won four of the five contests. Overall the Raiders lead the head to head series with the Broncos 65-53-2 overall.
The Broncos enter this contest covering the spread in four of their last five contests against the Raiders in Denver while winning six of the last seven overall meetings straight up. Meanwhile, the Broncos have been hot of late as a NFL pick covering the spread in six of their last eight games. On the other side, the Raiders are just 1-5 against the spread over the last six contests. On the year the Raiders are 7-8 against the spread overall while going 3-4 on the road. The Broncos enter this contest with a 9-6 record against the spread including going 5-2 on the year. Take the Broncos at -3.5 at home as your NFL pick for Week 17.
Oakland Raiders vs. Denver Broncos
Sunday December 29th, 2019
4:25pm ET @ Empower Field at Mile High
Betting Spread: Broncos -3.5 | Total: 41
Pick & Prediction: Denver Broncos -3.5