Sunday the Raiders face off against the New Orleans Saints in the 2016 season opener. The odds for the game opened with the Saints favored by 1.5 points. But currently those odds are either even or favor the Saints by one point, depending on the betting service.
Both the Raiders and Saints finished 7-9 last season. But being that the game is in New Orleans, that would give the Saints a slight edge. There are, of course, other factors involved in how teams perform from year to year. I'm sure fans of each team thinks they are vastly improved, while the other team somehow did not.
With the odds being so close, you are pretty much just betting on who you think will win, as the 'odds' are a win will cover the spread.