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As far as NFL brands go, few teams are as recognizable or as iconic as the Oakland Raiders. The team has earned a massive fan following with superstar players, three Super Bowl victories and a long list of other major accomplishments.
The Raiders are also a popular pick when it comes to sports betting and in this guide, we’ll explain some of the reasons why. It’s also worth noting that the betting action surrounding the Raiders is only going to get better when the team relocates to Las Vegas in 2020.
In this betting guide, we’ll find out how the Raiders stack up against their AFC West rivals, as well as:
The Oakland Raiders organization played its first game in 1960 as one of the original teams that made up the American Football League. In the modern era they’ve won three Super Bowls, four conference championships, 15 division titles and made 22 playoff appearances.
The Raiders are best known for fielding some of the most iconic names in football, including the likes of Al Davis, Jon Gruden, and John Madden all donning the black and silver. In a much-anticipated move planned for 2020, the franchise will be leaving the Bay Area and relocating to Las Vegas.
Some of the other most recognizable names in franchise history include Howie Long, Ken Stabler, Bo Jackson, and Marcus Allen.
During the 2017 season, the Raiders organization generated $335 million in revenue and Forbes estimates the business to be worth $2.42 billion.
The Raiders are owned by Mark Davis.
The organization played its first season in 1960.
Yes, the Raiders have won three Super Bowls.
Since 1995, the Raiders have played at RingCentral Coliseum, located in Oakland, California.
The club holds training camp at Redwood Middle School, located in Napa, California.
Raider Rusher is the official team mascot.
The Raiders wear silver and black.
All-Time Team Leaders
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After trading franchise staple Khalil Mack to the Chicago Bears, the Oakland Raiders had a rough last season and lost eight of their first nine games to finish last in the AFC West with a 4-12 record. It’s not surprising considering they had the league’s worst defense, giving up more than 29 points per game.
Their offense also struggled for most of the season, finishing fifth-last in points per game and only cracking the 30-point barrier on two occasions. The tough season led to an extremely active offseason. They picked up WR Antonio Brown, Mike Mayock as their new GM and made three first-round draft selections.
Despite the infusion of star talent and a promising rookie class, the Raiders are a longshot to make the playoffs in 2019. The AFC West has two of the best teams in the league with the Chiefs and Chargers.
The Raiders’ fourth overall pick, DE Clelin Ferrell, is the heir apparent to Khalil Mack and is expected to make an instant impact on Oakland’s defense.
If you plan to bet on them this year, consider that the Raiders were below average against the moneyline, spread, and over during the 2018 season. The Raiders were double-digit underdogs in four of their last six games to end the year, peaking as 14.5 point underdogs vs. the Chiefs in week 17.
There is a chance those numbers could change this season since QB Derek Carr has a whole new set of weapons at his disposal this year with the addition of WR Antonio Brown, WR Tyrell Williams, and RB Josh Jacobs.
For the time being, local fans of the Raiders don’t have any in-state legal sports betting options. As we mentioned, that’s going to change in a big way when the team moves to Las Vegas next year.
California is expected to pass legal sports betting in some form in the coming years but it’s extremely unlikely that it will happen before the Raiders exit the state.
If you live in a state where sports betting is legal, however, follow some of the tips in the article to make better bets on the Oakland Raiders this season.
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