Here is your weekly gambling update for the Oakland Raiders. Degenerate gamblers get your vodka and Pepto cocktails ready. For the third week running the Raiders are underdogs. Unlike last week, Vegas odds makers like the silver and black to lose by just one point.
In essence this game is a pick em.
So…how are you betting this week, Raider Nation? With your head or your heart?
The true degenerate knows no bet is off limits…especially when you’re trying to get back to even for the week. We’ve all been there. Alone in the sportsbook, praying for the L.A. Sparks to cover just so we won’t have the power cutoff. When that bet fails you’re left with the moral dilemma of a sure bet against your team or a visit from the wife’s newly hired lawyer. Hey, it’s gambling. It happens.
The true Raider fan never bets against their team though. So this is a no brainer when the Lions are only giving a point right?
For a moment forget all the obvious factors. Ignore the return of Ndamukong Suh. Don’t consider the Denarius Moore factor. Just look at the facts.
On paper both squads are as even as Lindsay Lohan and Charlie Sheen going shot for shot. Detroit is 6-6 against the spread. Oakland is 7-5-1. Both teams are fighting for their playoff lives. Both teams are plagued by penalties like Kim Kardashian is plagued by her love of douchebags.
Ah…but there is one factor in play that the stats won’t reveal. I call it the Al Davis factor. Just ask the Houston Texans about that.
With so much to play for do you really think the invisible hand of Al will remain firmly in the pocket of that sparkling white jumpsuit he now sport every day? Of course not!
So go ahead, put the house on the silver and black. Even if the wife kicks you out you can always crash on the couch of your last remaining unmarried friend.
So get up early, down a few IPAs before noon and bet heavy on the Raiders to win straight up. There is nothing to be gained by going for broke on a +1 spread. Champion gamblers go big on the moneyline.
Just sin…err…win, baby!