The Oakland Raiders delivered a masterful sportsbook online performance in 2016. Despite having arguably the worst defense in the league, Derek Carr and company was able to lead the Raiders to an impressive finish week in and week out. Oakland accumulated enough success to garner an invite to the postseason. Unfortunately, two weeks out from the end of the regular season, Carr suffered a devastating injury that would keep him out of the playoffs.
It follows that the Raiders were eliminated right away. Looking back, it’s hard not to feel like Oakland was robbed. Seriously, when was the last time that Raider fans had something to smile about? Then they finally get something to be excited about, and it comes to such an unceremonious conclusion.
However, the 2017 online NFL betting season has finally reared its Raiders fans couldn’t be more thrilled. Let’s find out who Oakland will face in Week 1.
— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) September 5, 2017
Oakland Raiders vs. Tennessee Titans – Sunday, September 10th
Venue: LP Field, Nashville, Tennessee
Start Time: 1:00 pm ET
TV Broadcast: CBS
Online Streaming Options: CBS Sports, NFL Game Pass
It looks like Oakland will have to travel to Nashville to kick off their 2017 season. The biggest question facing the black and silver involves Carr’s recovery from such a serious injury and whether or not their defense has made some sort of improvement.
For the Titans, Tennessee will have an opportunity to demonstrate what kind of team they are. Will they finish 8-8 once again? Or will Marcus Mariota finally lead this franchise to a respectable finish? Let’s see what the best NFL gambling websites are predicting.
Sportsbooks Online Betting Lines:
Oakland Raiders +2 (-110) 50 ½ (-110) +110
Tennessee Titans -2 (-110) 50½ (-110) -130
Surprisingly enough, USA sportsbooks have decided to favor the Titans over the Raiders.
Upon first inspection this looks like a bit of a mistake on behalf of the bookmakers. The Raiders managed to put together a 12-4 record last season, and that was essentially without a defense. Sure they were eliminated right away, but they didn’t have the one player who got them there. It seems like a big mistake to side against the Raiders but hey, maybe the sportsbook online odds think that Carr will have an extremely difficult time bouncing back from the severe injury he sustained. After all, a broken fibula is not something to mess with.
So what did the Titans do in 2016 to convince online sportsbooks to side with them this Sunday? Well for one Tennessee finished the year with a 9-7 record as well as a 2nd place ranking in the AFC South. Other than that, the Titans didn’t really accomplish anything else. Sure they had 5 players picked to the Pro Bowl, but they didn’t qualify for the postseason. Lastly, the Titans also had right tackle Jack Conklin selected as an AP All-Pro.
Sportsbook Online Picks to Make: Judging by the odds available on the money line for the Raiders, there really is no other pick to be made.