Vegas point spreads for Raiders 2013season

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Last month some early spreads were put out for every game of the NFL season through Week 16. What does Vegas expect of the Raiders?

In early May, Cantor Gaming which runs several sports books in Las Vegas released some very early point spreads for every NFL game through Week 16. I'll run down each of the Raiders lines but it's important to remember that Vegas doesn't really have an opinion on how good the Raiders will be- these lines are designed to increase betting on both the favorite and the underdog and drum up business. Vegas puts out these spreads based on perceived public opinion rather than any particular analysis.

Week 1: Oakland at Indianapolis (-7)

Week 2: Jacksonville at Oakland (-3)

Week 3: Oakland at Denver (-13.5)

Week 4: Washington (-4) at Oakland

Week 5: San Diego (-2.5) at Oakland

Week 6: Oakland at Kansas City (-4.5)

Week 8: Pittsburgh (-4.5) at Oakland

Week 9: Philadelphia (-1.5) at Oakland

Week 10: Oakland at NY Giants (-9)

Week 11: Oakland at Houston (-7.5)

Week 12: Tennessee at Oakland (-1)

Week 13: Oakland at Dallas (-7)

Week 14: Oakland at New York Jets (-6)

Week 15: Kansas City at Oakland (PK)

Week 16: Oakland at San Diego (-4.5)

So the bottom line is that the Raiders are favored in only two games: Week 2 against Jacksonville and Week 12 against Tennessee. Week 15 hosting KC is a pick 'em game. Obviously these spreads can and will change based on injuries, training camp reports and preseason results but a few things stand out to me.

Firstly, the Giants game in Week 10. Nine points is a lot to favor the Giants by when they routinely poop the bed in games they should win. If the Raiders have a semblance of a heart by Week 10, they might be a good play. Secondly, the Jets game. The Jets are a mess and probably won't have a quarterback by Week 14. Their defense isn't what it once was and their running game is a joke. Oakland is a strong play here unless they are in suck-for-Clowney mode. Finally, the Pittsburgh game. The Steelers are favored by 4.5, which seems high considering they don't play well in Oakland and lost the last game they played there with a vastly better team than they have now. The Raiders will probably cover that spread or win outright.

So Vegas doesn't expect much from the Raiders this year. That's alright, it means the rest of the league won't expect much either and Oakland can sneak up on some people. The better the team performs, the more attractive a FA destination we will be next offseason when we have a bajillion dollars to spend.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join Silver And Black Pride

You must be a member of Silver And Black Pride to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Silver And Black Pride. You should read them.

Join Silver And Black Pride

You must be a member of Silver And Black Pride to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Silver And Black Pride. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker