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In what might be the final NFL game in Oakland, the Raiders host the division-rival Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football. It’s an 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff from Oakland Alameda Coliseum.
The city of Oakland has sued to kick the Raiders out next season ahead of the franchise’s 2020 move to Las Vegas. Oakland (3-11) has played well in its last two home games, a win over Pittsburgh and a seven-point loss to Kansas City, while Denver (6-8) must win out to avoid its first back-to-back losing seasons since the early 1970s. Sportsbooks list Denver as a three-point favorite, with the over-under for total points set at 44 in the latest Broncos vs. Raiders odds.
Before you make any Broncos vs. Raiders picks and predictions for Monday Night Football, you need to see what Vegas legend Micah Roberts has to say.
The longtime director of Station Casinos’ sportsbooks, Roberts has his finger on the Broncos’ pulse: He’s 10-3 in his last 13 spread picks for or against Denver, including fading the Broncos (-3) at home in Week 15 against Cleveland.
“The Broncos we saw lose in Week 14 at San Francisco are really who they are,” Roberts wrote, urging readers to back Cleveland without hesitation. “They’ve been decimated with injuries at all positions and the loss at San Francisco was a reflection of trying to patch up the wide receivers, offensive line, linebackers and secondary.” The result: Browns 17, Broncos 16 — an outright upset. Anyone who has followed him is way up.
Now, Roberts has locked in a confident against-the-spread pick for Broncos vs. Raiders. He’s only sharing it over at SportsLine.
Roberts knows the Broncos bring a fierce pass rush led by Von Miller (14.5 sacks) and Bradley Chubb (12 sacks), who should wreak havoc on Derek Carr. The Raiders’ quarterback already has been sacked a career-high 47 times.
Offensively, Denver will rely on a punishing ground game that averages 5.0 yards per carry — second-best in the NFL. Phillip Lindsay has scored nine touchdowns and averages 5.4 yards per tote. He’s the first undrafted rookie to be selected to the Pro Bowl on offense.
But just because Denver can be scary-good defensively doesn’t mean the Broncos will cover the Monday Night Football spread in Oakland, which shocked the Steelers 24-21 in its last home game.
The Raiders have covered two straight meetings with Denver and four of the past six. In Week 2, Oakland fell 20-19 at Denver as a 5.5 underdog, covering with ease. Carr, who will look to get the ball out quickly, is completing a career-high 68.4 percent of his throws. He has not been intercepted since Week 5.
Coach Jon Gruden got emotional this week talking about the potential NFL finale at the Coliseum, so you can bet the Raiders will go all-out for their Black Hole supporters.
We can tell you Roberts is leaning Under, but his much stronger play is on the spread. Roberts cites an extreme X-factor that has him going big on one side of the spread. He’s only sharing what it is, and who to back, at SportsLine.
This April, you can watch ESPN’s traditional coverage with Draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. Or Kirk Herbstreit and the gang from “College GameDay” on ABC. Or NFL Network, with Rich Eisen and Mike Mayock.
So what’s to stop NFL TV partners CBS, Fox and NBC from demanding that they get to simulcast their live game telecasts on their respective cable networks? Nothing. Maybe that’s where the NFL is eventually heading.
The league already simulcasts most “Thursday Night Football” games on Fox and NFL Network (The league’s 24/7 NFL Network also gets a package of seven exclusive games). Why not try a similar approach on Monday night?
But ESPN and Disney would have to swallow hard before crossing this Rubicon. It could hurt ESPN’s consumer appeal — and scare off subscribers.
The lure of “Monday Night Football” is one reason why ESPN charges the highest cable fees in the business. If fans can watch Monday Night for free on ABC, why pay for ESPN?
The Worldwide Leader in Sports has enough issues with cord-cutting without exacerbating the problem.
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3. Give ESPN flex scheduling
The gap between ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” and NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” has turned into a chasm since 2006. Why? Because NBC has flexible scheduling and ESPN doesn’t.
ESPN pays $1.9 billion annually for “Monday Night Football” while NBC pays $950 million for Sunday night. If ESPN is going to pay twice what other TV partners pay, it should get some kind of flex scheduling.
Don’t say it. We’ve heard the argument a million times: Flexible scheduling won’t work on Monday Nights. It would force too many changes in team flights, hotel reservations, fan travel.
But where’s there’s a will, there’s a way. What if “MNF” were allowed to flex games in December when the playoffs are on the line, asked one TV insider?
Say ESPN was given three options, all Monday night games in December. With one caveat: ESPN had to make its picks by October. Instead of the typical 12 days notice when games are flexed, teams and fans would be informed a full month in advance that their games were moving to Monday night.
Too much? Well, what if the league gave ESPN just one flex for December? That would help ESPN and the league avoid dog games like the upcoming turkey bowl between the 3-11 Raiders and 6-8 Broncos on Christmas Eve. Even if ESPN got only one flex card to play, it would be better than the current set-up.
We also sounded out a league insider. Is it possible? Yes, he said. It might be doable if teams and fans got enough advance notice to adjust their plans. But it’s not likely. The idea would have to be approved by the NFL’s Competition and Broadcast Committees. The NFL would also have to do some fast talking with TV partners already resentful about the their best matchups being flexed to Sunday night. That’s why CBS and Fox are allowed to protect a certain number of Sunday afternoon games per year.
So yes, it’s a longshot. But isn’t this what flex scheduling is supposed to be about? So the fans get to watch prime-time showdowns with playoff implications in December, rather than two losing teams playing out the string?