After taking a significant step backwards in 2017 by winning just half of the dozen games they won in 2016, the Oakland Raiders paid a hefty price to entice former head coach Jon Gruden to leave the broadcast booth and lead the longtime AFC West-based franchise back to prominence.
With just one playoff appearance since way back in 2002, the Raiders are looking to become perennial winners once again as they get set for the upcoming 2018 regular season. If you’re looking to cash in on Oakland’s 2018 win total odds and you’re in need of some expert betting assistance, then let’s get started with my predictions on each and every game on the Raiders’ 2018 schedule.
Week 1: Monday, Sept. 10, vs. Los Angeles Rams, 10:20 PM ET
The Raiders have a big Monday night regular season opener as Jon Gruden makes his return debut, but I’m expecting the Rams to get the road win in this one simply because I believe they are the better team on both sides of the ball right now. Loss. 0-1.
Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 16, at Denver Broncos, 4:25 PM ET
I don’t necessarily think the Broncos are going to be better than the Raiders in 2018, but I believe a regular season split is in order for the longtime AFC West division rivals. Loss. 0-2.
Week 3: Sunday, Sept. 23, at Miami Dolphins, 1 PM ET
Gruden will out-coach Adam Gase and Derek Carr will definitely outplay Miami’s Ryan Tannehill. Win. 1-2..
Week 4: Sunday, Sept. 30, vs. Cleveland Browns, 4:05 PM ET
Oakland gets the win at home against former head coach Hue Jackson, but this Week 4 AFC showdown is going to be a lot closer than most people expect! Win. 2-2.
Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 7, at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 PM ET
The Raiders got swept by the Chargers a year ago, but I’m thinking a split is in order between these two division rivals in 2018. Loss. 2-3.
Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 14, vs. Seattle Seahawks in London, 1 PM ET
Russell Wilson will be the best player on the field pitch in this Week 6 overseas affair in London. I like Seattle in a shootout! Loss. 2-4.
Week 7: Bye
Week 8: Sunday, Oct. 28, vs. Indianapolis Colts, 4:05 p.m. ET
Andrew Luck will be back on the field for Indianapolis, but the Colts will be mostly awful defensively if you ask me. Derek Carr and the rebuilt Raiders cruise in this Week 8 matchup. Win. 3-4.
Week 9: Thursday, Nov. 1, at San Francisco 49ers, 8:20 PM ET
I’m going with Jimmy G and the Niners to get it done over Derek Carr and the Silver and Black just because the Niners are playing at home and a bit ahead in their rebuild than Oakland. Loss. 3-5.
Week 10: Sunday, Nov. 11, vs. Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 PM ET
Joey Bosa and Philip Rivers star in this divisional showdown. Think regular season split, split, split in this one MYBookie NFL betting buffs! Loss. 3-6.
Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 18, at Arizona Cardinals, 4:05 PM ET
The Cardinals are a team in transition under first-year head coach Steve Wilks and veteran quarterback Sam Bradford. While I’m expecting Arizona running back David Johnson to be the best player on the field in this one, it won’t be enough to lead Arizona to the win as Derek Carr picks apart Arizona’s secondary. Win. 4-6.
Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 25, at Baltimore Ravens, 1 PM ET
The Ravens get the narrow home win in this one as their defense limits Oakland’s offense, although I must admit, that I’ll take Carr over Joe Flacco every day of the week! Loss. 4-7.
Week 13: Sunday, Dec. 2, vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 4:05 PM ET
I like the Raiders to get the win in a shootout because they’re playing at home as part of what looks like a regular season split to me. There should be fireworks in this one as Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes makes his debut against the Raiders in this long and heated series. Win. 5-7.
Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 9, vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 8:20 p.m. ET
The Steelers are a legitimate Super Bowl contender and the Raiders are a cut below on both sides of the ball. Oakland will put up a good effort, but Le’Veon bell and Antonio Brown will be a bit too much for them to contain. Loss. 5-8.
Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 16, at Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m. ET
This looks like a game that should end in a field goal finish. Cincinnati is playing at home and should be fighting for their playoff lives by the time this Week 15 matchup rolls around. The Bengals get the super narrow home win. Loss. 5-9.
Week 16: Monday, Dec. 24, vs. Denver Broncos, 8:15 p.m. ET
Khalil Mack and Derek Carr lead the way to victory as part of the regular season split I already mentioned. Win. 6-9.
Week 17: Sunday, Dec. 30, at Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m. ET
Derek Carr has struggled in Arrowhead Stadium throughout his career and I expect this regular season finale will be no different. Oakland closes out its 2018 campaign with a difficult road loss to finish with a half-dozen wins. Loss. 6-10.
While I believe that Oakland could very well win one or two more games than I have them bagging in 2018, there’s absolutely no way they win 10 games to top their 2018 win total odds. I think it’s a virtual lock that Oakland plays under the total, so bet accordingly. Under !