This week's "Monday Night Football" matchup pits the impressive Denver Broncos against the maybe-they're-not-as-bad-as-we-thought-they-were Oakland Raiders. The Broncos have looked every bit the part of a Super Bowl contender, dominating the Baltimore Ravens and New York Giants -- and covering the spread easily in both contests. Peyton Manning has been a master at identifying what opposing defensive coordinators are doing and then picking apart defenses in second halves (Denver has outscored opponents 66-24 in second halves this season).
The Raiders, on the other hand, were expected by many to be one of the NFL's worst teams but have shown a spark under Terrelle Pryor. While far from a finished product at the QB position, Pryor's mobility has been key in making up for a mediocre Oakland offensive line. Darren McFadden is still healthy (knock on wood, Raiders fans) and provides another threat out of the backfield. General manager Reggie McKenzie has done a terrific job getting Oakland out from under some terrible contracts and putting a product on the field that Raiders fans believe has a chance of winning every week. The Raiders are 1-1 SU, but 2-0 ATS.
This line opened at Denver minus-14.5 with a total of 50, and the line has stayed right there. The public is currently backing the Broncos at a 59 percent clip, according to ESPN Insider's PickCenter.
Let's turn to analysis on the line and total from Jay Kornegay of The Las Vegas Hotel and ATS picks from four handicappers.
Matchup: Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos
Spread: Opened Denver minus-14.5; still Denver minus-14.5
Total: Opened 50; now 49.5