The Oakland Raiders (1-1) are bidding to avoid a fourth straight defeat to the Denver Broncos (2-0).
But they’ll be hard-pressed to reverse that form against a side that’s been quick to display its attacking potential.
The hosts lead the way in both passing and rushing yards gained per game and the NFL’s highest-ranking offense could make the struggling Raiders suffer in Colorado.
Celebrated quarterback Peyton Manning has already thrown for nine touchdowns, including an incredible seven in week one, the first time the feat had been achieved in 44 years.
And despite the absence of left tackle Ryan Clady, now ruled out for the season with a ruptured foot ligament, Manning should still enjoy enough freedom to pick out his team-mates.
Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas was one of the willing recipients in his side’s opener against Super Bowl champions Baltimore.
The Georgia Tech graduate ran in two scores in that 49-27 victory and Ladbrokes have made him 11/2 to register the first touchdown against the Raiders.
Running back Darren McFadden is the best-priced player for the visitors to be first touchdown scorer at 10/1.
His 36 carries and one touchdown so far this season outline him as a potential threat but his team will need to show more in possession if they’re to cause an upset.
Having lost their last three to the Broncos by an average of over 19 points, backing Denver to cover a 14.5 spread at 10/11 would appear to make more sense.
And given that Oakland have lost eight of their last 10, while scoring more than 21 points on just one occasion, it’s difficult to oppose a Denver outfit with bigger scalps in mind.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing
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