Raiders vs Broncos, Prediction & Picks: Can Wilson, Broncos Start with a Win?

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NFL Week 1 is back and we have an AFC West rivalry matchup to start things off as the Denver Broncos host the Las Vegas Raiders.

Sean Payton begins his reign as the Head Coach of the Broncos at home against a division rivalry. He and Russell Wilson will look to start this 2023 campaign off on the right foot, as they hope to be back in the playoffs in January.

The Raiders get their first look as Jimmy Garoppolo takes over to command this Raiders’ offense.

Let’s breakdown Sunday’s game!

Raiders vs Broncos Game Information

Matchup Information

  • Venue & Location: Empower Field at Mile High (Denver, CO)
  • Date: Sunday, September 10th, 2023
  • Kick Off: 4:25pm Eastern
  • Broadcast: CBS

Betting Odds

Courtesy of Bovada.


  • Raiders +3.5 (-110)
  • Broncos -3.5 (-110)


  • Raiders +160
  • Broncos -185


  • Over 44.5 (-105)
  • Under 44.5 (-115)

Will Payton, Wilson Lead Broncos to Victory?

Raiders Broncos Prediction Picks

The pressure is on for both of these guys. They have both been brought in to bring this program back to the fore front of the National Football League.

If they can’t do that, then what good are they?

Pressure is also on Jimmy G. He lead the 49ers to a Super Bowl, but couldn’t get the win, and much of that playoff success could be credited to their defense.

Regardless, both QBs will look to show out for their squads.

I lean slightly with the Broncos, simply because I think they finish on top of the Raiders in the West, but not enough to back them laying 3.5.

The ML is also too steep for me, so I’ll just stick to props here.

Player Props

Jimmy Garoppolo over 227.5 Passing Yards (-115) Bovada

Raiders Broncos Prediction Picks

Yes, he’s on a new team with a new offense, but the Raiders will probably look to throw the ball plenty when they are behind.

Garoppolo cleared this line in 7/11 games last year, including a game with 222. He also cleared in 4/5 away games, including four straight.

With over 25 attempts and 20 completions in his L3 road games, I don’t see Jimmy having a problem getting over this number.

Assuming the Broncos jump out to a lead, Garoppolo may touch 275.

Jakobi Meyers Anytime Touchdown (+300) Bovada

Raiders Broncos Prediction Picks

Jakobi Meyers hasn’t played a snap for the Raiders yet, so he and Jimmy can deal with the nerves together and connect on a touchdown pass.

This guy is a Red Zone threat, and helps for the loss of Darren Waller. He also takes some pressure of of Davante Adams to always be the guy.

Meyers had 6 TDs last year, and scored in 3 straight games to end the year. He scored twice in away games, including the very last game against Buffalo.

For this price, I think +300 is worth a sprinkle for this guy to get involved early.

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Nate Hornung
Nate Hornung

Nate has been a recreational sports bettor for about 5 years. In that time, he has grown to love the pursuit of winners and sticking it to The Man. Nate loves data and uses his understanding of numbers to help him be a more profitable sports gambler, however he will be the first to tell you this game is about more than just stats.

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