The Las Vegas Raiders are 2-0 heading into a Week 3 matchup against a Tua-less Miami Dolphins team. Let’s see what profitable opportunities present themselves this week. All odds are as of Friday afternoon via Draft Kings.
Smartest Bet: Under 44 (-110)
The Raiders’ defense looks good so far. Also, the Miami offense isn’t super explosive, especially with Jacoby Brissett at the helm. On the other side of the ball, the Dolphins’ defense is strong against the pass, which is what Vegas does best. Also, with Carr a little banged up, Gruden might want to keep him from having to drop back too often. This might be a good week to try to establish the run. Expect a low-scoring affair.
Safest Bet: Raiders Moneyline (-180)
I’m going to hate myself for this pick, but this feels hard to miss. Even with both teams at full strength, the Raiders would still be favored, especially at home. Even though this game does have some “trap game vibes,” I don’t see Miami being able to do much offensively. The Raiders defense is still proving themselves, and they have a lot of players vying for contracts. That could be a game where everyone is trying to put up monster numbers. I could see the offense having a slow afternoon, but the defense can easily carry them.
Best Risky Bet: First Half Draw (+950)
While the Raiders will likely win, they might take some time to take control of the game. The offense has still yet to score on their first possession this year. Also, look for Miami to try to eat up the clock on offense. I could see the game being something like 10-10 at halftime before the Raiders open it up in the second half. At (+950), it’s worth a look.
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