The last two seasons were a huge disappointment for Raiders betting. After some radical moves and trades in 2018, they hope for better days this term. Still, the odds consider Oakland as a huge +600 underdog to reach the playoffs.
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First, let’s take a look at the prop bets that could tell you a lot about this Oakland team. As I’ve already mentioned, the Raiders are huge underdogs to reach the postseason. Furthermore, they are +1200 dogs to win the AFC West with +6600 odds to win the Super Bowl LIV.
Only seven teams are considered as bigger dogs than Oakland. The bookies set the line on the season total wins at 5.5 with the over at -160 odds. However, the Raiders could easily surpass the line despite stiff competition in the AFC West.
This past offseason, Oakland acquired Antonio Brown who’s one of the best WRs in the NFL for years. Likewise, they had three first-round picks at the 2019 NFL draft. Hereof, picking the Raiders to win six games this season seems like a nice wager.
There are a lot of players in Oakland who are keen to prove their worth. Don’t hesitate to wager on them to cover as dogs. Oakland is 3-4 straight up and 4-3 against the spread in its last seven outings as an underdog. Howsoever, don’t expect miracles. The Raiders will almost certainly miss another postseason.
Oakland Raiders Schedule
Here’s the Raiders’ current schedule. They have a tall task, playing arguably in one of the toughest divisions in the NFL.
|1||Sept 13||10:00 a.m.||at Carolina Panthers|
|2||Sept 21||5:15 p.m.||New Orleans Saints|
|3||Sept 27||10:00 a.m.||at New England Patriots|
|4||Oct 4||1:25 p.m.||Buffalo Bills|
|5||Oct 11||10:00 a.m.||at Kansas City Chiefs|
|7||Oct 25||5:20 p.m.||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|8||Nov 1||10:00 a.m.||at Cleveland Browns|
|9||Nov 8||1:05 p.m.||at Los Angeles Chargers|
|10||Nov 15||1:05 p.m.||Denver Broncos|
|11||Nov 22||5:20 p.m.||Kansas City Chiefs|
|12||Nov 29||10:00 a.m.||at Atlanta Falcons|
|13||Dec 6||10:00 a.m.||at New York Jets|
|14||Dec 13||1:05 p.m.||Indianapolis Colts|
|15||Dec 17||5:20 p.m.||Los Angeles Chargers|
|17||Jan 3||1:25 p.m.||at Denver Broncos|
*Starting at Week 9, kickoff time is displayed in PST.
History of the Oakland Raiders
The Raiders are one of the most successful franchises in the NFL. They won three Super Bowls in 1976, 1980, and 1983. Also, they lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Super Bowl XXXVII in 2002. As an AFL champ in 1967, Oakland lost to Green Bay in Super Bowl II.
However, Oakland has made it to the playoffs only once since that loss to the Buccaneers. The franchise is in crisis, recording just one winning season since 2002. Three years ago, the Raiders went 12-4 and lost to the Houston Texans in the wild-card game.
In 2018, Jon Gruden returned to Oakland as a head coach. He led the team to two playoff appearances in 2000 and 2001. Gruden decided to trade Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper for first-round picks. At the time, they were two best players in Oakland, but Gruden wanted to rebuild.
The Men in Black went 4-12 last season, looking completely hapless. Their defense was the worst in the league, allowing 29.2 points per game. On the other side, they were 28th in the league in points scored per game (18.1).
The upcoming season will be the last in Oakland for the franchise. The Men in Black will relocate to Las Vegas in 2020. Hereof, the fans in California hope for a solid performance in 2019. With Antonio Brown in the team, Oakland could be a dark horse in the AFC.
The Raiders are established on January 30, 1960, in Oakland, California. Since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970, they play in the AFC West, winning 12 divisional titles. Also, they are four-time AFC champions. From 1982 to 1994, the Men in Black were stationed in Los Angeles.
Interestingly, Oakland had two 13-win seasons at the time when teams played 14 games during the regular season. In 1967, Oakland went 13-1 and lost to Packers in the Super Bowl. Nine years later, they won the Vince Lombardy Trophy following a 13-1 record in the regular season.
In 1980, Oakland went 11-5 and finished second in the AFC West. The Men in Black outlasted the Oilers 27-7 in the wild-card game and the Browns 14-12 in the divisional round. They beat the Chargers 34-27 to win the AFC and dominated Philadelphia 27-10 to win the Super Bowl XV.
Most Famous Players
Plenty of Hall of Famers played for the Men in Black. Guard Gene Upshaw spent 15 years in Oakland and won two Super Bowls. Center Jim Otto won the AFL championship and was a 10-time All-Pro. Willie Brown was a nine-time Pro Bowl DB and Super Bowl champ.
Ken Stabler was under center for ten years and won the Super Bowl XI in 1976. The Snake won the MVP Award in 1974, while he was a four-time Pro Bowl.