Raiders Host Broncos In AFC West Battle On Thursday

By: Willie Bee | Monday, December 3, 2012

Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders
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Date:
12/06/2012 at 8:20 p.m. (ET)
Opening Lines: Broncos -10, O/U 50½
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Television: NFL Network

Denver Broncos: With the AFC West Division title already wrapped up, Denver (9-3 straight-up, 7-4-1 against the spread) sets its sights on securing one of the top two records in the conference to earn a first-round bye. The Broncos clinched the division crown with a 31-23 thumping of the Buccaneers on Sunday, their seventh consecutive victory that just covered the 7½-point spread. Quarterback Peyton Manning threw three touchdown passes in the contest, two to wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, and linebacker Von Miller all but sealed the triumph with a third-quarter interception return for a TD. Denver backers are 5-1-1 ATS during the seven-game winning streak, and "over" bettors have cashed in six of the Broncos' last eight trips to the gridiron. The Raiders and Broncos met Week 4 in the Mile High City, and Denver coasted to an easy 37-6 win as 6½-point favorites. The Broncos have won seven of their last nine in Oakland.

Oakland Raiders: Another dismal season for the Raiders (3-9 SU, 3-8-1 ATS) finds the home team just one game out of the division cellar and in the throes of a five-game losing skid. The latest setback came at home on Sunday when the Browns held on for a 20-17 decision that "pushed" a 3-point spread. The Black & Silver rank near the bottom of the league in several defensive categories, including total yardage (29th) and scoring, where the Raiders are dead-last in allowing 31.3 points per game. Starting QB Carson Palmer is seventh in the league with over 3,500 yards passing, a product of Oakland playing from behind so often and having an anemic rushing attack. The Raiders could get running back Darren McFadden back for Thursday's contest after he has missed the last four games with an ankle injury (click to check updated NFL injury report). Oakland's last three games have stayed below the total, but four of the last five in this series played at The Coliseum have gone "over" the number.

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