Las Vegas Raiders vs Denver Broncos Prediction, 1/3/2021 NFL Pick, Tips and Odds, Week 17
Game: Las Vegas Raiders vs Denver Broncos
Date: Sunday, January 3, 2021
Location: Empower Field at Mile High in Denver, CO
Odds/Point Spread: Denver +2.5
Empower Field at Mile High is the site where Drew Lock and the Denver Broncos (5-10) will play the Las Vegas Raiders (7-8) on Sunday. The odds on this contest have Las Vegas as 2.5-point favorites. The O/U has been set at 47.5.
The Las Vegas Raiders come into this game with a record of 7-8 for this season. In their last game they played the Miami Dolphins and were beaten 26-25. Derek Carr went 21/34 with 336 yards passing and tossed 1 TD. He walked away with no picks. Josh Jacobs paced the team in rushing for that contest. He had a long run of 15 yards but he never crossed the endzone by way of the rush. He rushed for a total of 69 yards by way of 13 carries which meant he was running for 5.3 yards per run. Nelson Agholor was the leader in receiving yardage with a total of 155 yards on 5 catches. He averaged 31.0 yards per catch for that contest. The Las Vegas Raiders ran the ball 24 times and earned 104 yards which had them averaging 4.3 yards per rush. On the day, they ran 61 plays for a total of 418 yards. In the game, the Raiders racked up 23 first downs and they totaled 4 penalties for 40 yards. On the defensive side of the ball, Las Vegas conceded 26 catches on 35 attempts totaling 253 yards, and a completion percentage of 74.0%. In the running game, the Raiders conceded 130 yards on 25 attempts which is an average of 5.2 yards per carry allowed. On the day, they allowed a total of 383 yards but didn't force any takeaways.
The Raiders have tallied 5,668 total yards over the course of this year. As a unit they average 120.7 yards rushing which ranks them 12th in the league. When it comes to scoring, Las Vegas has totaled 26 passing touchdowns and 18 touchdowns via the ground. In terms of scoring points, the Las Vegas Raiders are averaging 26.8 PPG. The Raiders are ranked 29th in the league when it comes to their opponents scoring, giving up 29.8 points per game. Opposing teams are running for an average of 4.7 yards per rushing attempt and 126.1 yards on the ground per game for the year. Overall, they have given up 1,891 rushing yards through 15 outings. Regarding passing yards, the Raiders have given up 3,888 yards which ranks them 25th in football. During their 15 games played this season, they have relinquished 259.2 yards per game through the air as well as giving up a completion percentage of 64.0%. In total, they have allowed 385.3 yards per outing which puts them 24th in the National Football League.
The Broncos head into this matchup 5-10 for this year. In their last game they played the Los Angeles Chargers and were defeated 19-16. Melvin Gordon III led the team on the ground for that contest. He broke a long run for 17 yards but wasn't able to convert a rushing touchdown. He ran for a total of 79 yards by way of 16 carries which means he ran for an average of 4.9 yards per run. DaeSean Hamilton was the leader in receiving yardage by racking up 77 yards on 5 receptions. He averaged 15.4 yards per catch for that contest. Drew Lock went 24/47 with 264 yards passing but didn't get a passing TD in the game. He gave away 2 picks on the day. The Denver Broncos ran the football 28 times and added 133 yards which gave them an average of 4.8 yards per run. On the day, the Broncos earned 23 1st downs and they totaled 6 penalties for 44 yards. Overall, they ran 77 plays for 396 yards. When it comes to their defensive performance, Denver allowed 21 completions on 33 tries for a total of 227 yards, and a completion percentage of 64.0%. On the day, they gave up a total of 316 yards but finished the game without a turnover. In the running game, the Broncos allowed 89 yards on 20 tries which is an average of 4.5 yards per rushing attempt allowed.
For the year to this point, the Broncos have a total of 3,127 yards through the air along with holding an average of 208.5 passing yards per outing, giving them a rank of 28th out of all NFL teams. The Denver Broncos have an average of 328.2 yards per outing which has them ranked 27th in the league. They average 119.7 yards per game via the rush and have run for 1,796 yards for the season. In relation to how much they score, the Broncos are ranked 30th in football averaging 19.5 points per game. The Broncos rank 25th in the NFL in relation to the opposition scoring, allowing 27.6 points per contest. Opposing teams are running for an average of 4.8 yards per tote and 131.6 rushing yards per game this season. In total, they have allowed 1,974 yards via the ground game in 15 games. Concerning yards through the air, the Broncos have given up 3,448 yards which puts them in 12th in the league. Over the course of their 15 games played, they are conceding 229.9 yards per contest via the pass as well as giving up a completion percentage of 66.2%. Overall, they are surrendering 361.5 yards/outing which ranks them 19th in football.
Who will win tonight's Raiders/Broncos NFL game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Raiders -2.5
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