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Raiders vs. Broncos opening lines

The Raiders are 10.5-point underdogs against the AFC West champion Broncos on Thursday night.

Thearon W. Henderson

The Oakland Raiders will have to defy the odds if they hope to put an end to their five-game losing streak on Thursday night against the Denver Broncos as they have opened as 10.5-point underdogs, according to

Oakland (3-9) is coming off a 20-17 loss to the Cleveland Browns last Sunday and had trouble -- yet again -- establishing any kind of rushing attack. The Raiders 82.8 rushing yards per game ranks 29th in the NFL, and their defense has been awful of late as the team has been outscored 189-96 during the five-game skid.

The Broncos are fresh off clinching the AFC West with a 31-23 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Sunday. Denver is averaging 29.1 points per game this season and should have little trouble putting points on the board against a struggling Raiders defense.

The over/under for the game is currently set at 48 after opening at 51.

Kickoff is slated for 5:20 p.m. PT at Coliseum and the game will be televised on the NFL Network.