With both teams eliminated from the playoffs, the Las Vegas Raiders’ motivation for their Week 18 matchup against the Denver Broncos boils down to two major factors; second place in the AFC West and bolstering Antonio Pierce’s case to remain as head coach. A win would push Pierce’s record above the .500 mark at 5-4 which would be a step in the right direction seeing as the Raiders were 3-5 when he took over.
So, that will impact Silver and Black Pride’s best prop bets for Sunday and the odds below are courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook. Kickoff is set for 1:25 p.m. PT and the game will air on Fox.
Raiders vs. Broncos Best Prop Bets
Raiders score 1st and win (+160)
Las Vegas’ players have been vocal about wanting Pierce to remain the head coach moving forward as Davante Adams said the “whole locker room” wants Pierce to be retained during Adams’ press conference earlier this week. Meanwhile, the Broncos basically packed it in for the season a week ago when they benched starting quarterback Russell Wilson, signaling that they’re not worried about winning to finish the year.
So, the Raiders have more motivation and should come out of the gates swinging to play for their leader. The best way to prove to Mark Davis that Pierce has gotten the players to buy in is to play hard even when the playoffs aren’t on the line.
Broncos 1st drive turnover, turnover own dows or safety (+650)
Admittedly, part of the reason why I like this bet is it’s the last week of the season and the payout is nice to help recoup some losses. Also, the logic here is the same as the last pick where the defense comes out and plays some inspired football. It also doesn’t hurt that backup quarterback Jarrett Stidham will be playing, who Las Vegas’ defenders should know well seeing as they faced Stidham on the scout team for the majority of last season.
Successful 2-point conversion (+370)
Another bet with a good payout to end the season. With no postseason implications on the line, I’d be surprised if either team/coach would take the game to overtime. So, if the scoreboard is close in the fourth quarter, expect to see a two-point attempt instead of a kick. Also, the Raiders have a 50 percent conversion rate when going for two this season and the Broncos are at a little more than 57 percent.