While the two teams are tied for the division lead, Denver has a substantially better point differential at plus-58 to Oakland's plus-12. Only the 7-1 New England Patriots (plus-85) have a higher differential in the AFC. The defending Super Bowl champions still have one of the very best defenses in the NFL, and rookie QB Trevor Siemian (eight TDs, four INTs) has performed at roughly league-average for his position, which is better than established veterans like Cam Newton and Carson Palmer.
Siemian hasn't outperformed David Carr (17 TDs, three INTs), though. Oakland's third-year quarterback is having a Pro-Bowl season through Week 8, but the Raiders’ defense hasn't been keeping up; the over is also 6-2 for Oakland thus far (4-4 for Denver), and Sunday's total of 43.5 is one of the lowest on the NFL odds board.
NFL Odds: Broncos, Raiders Battle for First in AFC WestThe Denver Broncos (6-2 SU and ATS) and the Oakland Raiders (6-2 SU, 5-3 ATS) are tied for first place in the AFC West. One of them will probably take the lead after they meet on Sunday Night Football, kicking off from the Oakland Coliseum at 8:30 PM ET on NBC.
The Broncos have the better point differential at plus-59 to Oakland's plus-12, enough to make the defending Super Bowl champions a pick 'em at press time after they opened at +1. Sunday's total of 43.5 points is one of the lowest totals on the board for Week 9.