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Silver Minings: Week 1 odds are changing

Bettors starting to lean to Raiders against Chargers

Los Angeles Chargers v Las Vegas Raiders
Raiders, Chargers
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A recent article by Yahoo gambling writer Frank Schwab, shows half the betting odds for Week 1 games have changed some since the lines opened shortly after the NFL announced the schedule three months ago.

According to our friends at DraftKings Sportsbook, the Las Vegas Raiders’ season opener is one of the games that have seen a betting-line shift. The Raiders open at the Los Angeles Chargers on Sept. 11 at SoFi Stadium.

The line has shifted slightly. The Raiders are now 3.5-point underdogs. The Chargers opened as a four-point favorite.

What does it mean? It means the betting public is leaning towards the Raiders thus far, causing the line change. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the line continue to shrink in the next five weeks leading up to the game.

In other Raiders’ links:

  • Nice touch: The Raiders’ decorated their hotel in Canton, Ohio, this weekend to honor Cliff Branch, who is being enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame there Saturday.
  • Pod time: The Athletic has a preseason Raiders’ podcast.
  • This won’t be popular in these parts: Chargers’ receiver Keenan Allen thinks Derek Carr is the fourth best quarterback in the AFC West.