Week 13 NFL Online Betting Lines: Buffalo At Oakland

Written by on December 1, 2016

By the time we reach this stage of the season, there is generally at least one team doing well that has to be considered something of a surprise package. If you asked the average NFL fan who that team is now, you would probably get a lot of votes for the Oakland Raiders. This is something of an easy pick, but it’s one that isn’t perhaps as surprising as we all might believe. The Raiders have been something of a punchline for a long time now, but over the last couple of years, they have drafted well, and have made some moves that has helped them compile a very talented squad. There is no guarantee that all these new players will come together, but that is exactly what has happened. This Raiders team is good, and they are in a position to wrestle the AFC West away from the World Champion Denver Broncos. A win against the Buffalo Bills this weekend will take them one step closer to that improbable goal.

In Depth Analysis On The Week 13 NFL Online Betting Lines: Bills At Raiders

When: Sunday, December 4 at 4:05 PM EST Where: Oakland Coliseum, Oakland TV: CBS Live Stream: CBS Sports Network NFL Odds: TBA  

Why bet on the Buffalo Bills

The Bills are coming into this game on a 2-game winning streak, but before we all get too carried away, it should be mentioned that those wins came against Cincinnati and Jacksonville. Buffalo had lost the 3 games prior to that, with those losses coming at the hands of teams very much in the playoff picture. Furthermore, those losses were of the lopsided variety, all of which leads you to wonder why they are only a 3-point dog coming into this one. The Buffalo Bills are playing .500 ball on the road this season, and are 3-2 ATS on the road, and as an underdog. They are also just 1-2 ATS in games played on grass. Their current run is nice, but there is not much to suggest they can hang with the Raiders.

Why bet on the Oakland Raiders

The biggest question for the Raiders heading into this game is the condition of QB Derek Carr’s throwing hand. He took a nasty looking blow to the pinky versus the Panthers last weekend, but he did return to the game wearing a glove on his throwing hand, and he did look effective. The Raiders are now winners of 5 in a row, but they haven’t always been totally convincing at home. They are 4-2 in the Coliseum versus 5-0 on the road, and are just 1-4 ATS on home field. We are now perhaps beginning to see why the bookies have the line on this one being a little tighter than expected.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

While the Raiders have not exactly lit things up at home this season, they look like a team that is really starting to believe that they can do big things this year. This is a confident bunch that can hurt teams offensively, and I think they cover quite easily versus the Bills

Buffalo Bills 24 Oakland Raiders 35