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Following nearly a decade in the TV broadcast booth, Jon Gruden will make his return to the NFL head coaching ranks on Monday as he guides the Oakland Raiders into their season-opening clash with the Los Angeles Rams as 4.5-point home underdogs on the NFL MNF odds.

Gruden begins his second coaching stint in Oakland 20 years after making his NFL head coaching debut there. The veteran bench boss inherits a Raiders squad aiming to rebound from a dismal 6-10 performance in 2017, capped by the season-ending four-game straight-up losing streak they take into Monday night’s matchup at Oakland Alameda Coliseum.

Despite last year’s disappointing finish, the Raiders are just one year removed from what many observers considered a breakthrough season. Oakland ended a 13-year playoff drought in 2016 by winning 12 games, and impressed in preseason action this year, posting a 3-1 record in four August dates. However, recent personnel moves have cast a shadow of doubt over the team entering the new campaign.

Gone is star linebacker Khalil Mack, who was dealt to the Chicago Bears after sitting out the preseason while holding out for a contract extension. The Raiders raised additional eyebrows by cutting receiver Martavis Bryant, who is reportedly facing suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, and by acquiring quarterback AJ McCarron in a deal with Buffalo.

As a result, the Raiders have seen their fortunes sag on the NFL futures. Oakland has tumbled to +400 to claim their first AFC West crown since 2002, and to +3500 on the Super Bowl odds after opening at a generous +2100.


Rams are Road Favorites on the NFL MNF Odds

Across the field, Los Angeles head coach Sean McVay, who began his NFL coaching career serving under Gruden as a wide receivers coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, leads a Rams squad that opens the season amid high expectations as 4.5-point road favorites on the Rams-Raiders Monday Night Football odds.

After recording sub-.500 records in 10 of their previous 11 campaigns, the Rams enjoyed a major reversal in fortune in McVay’s first season at the helm. The team rode the NFL’s highest-scoring offense to the top of the NFC West standings for the first time since 2003, going 11-5.

The Rams’ return to the playoffs proved to be short lived, with the team dropping a 26-13 decision to Atlanta as 6-point chalk on Wild Card Weekend. However, the team opens the new season trailing only the New England Patriots as a +850 bet on the Super Bowl odds.

Los Angeles averaged an impressive 29.875 points per game last season, topping that number in five road contests. The Rams’ steady production produced a 5-1 run for the OVER in their final six outings last season. That has contributed to a lofty total in Monday night’s contest, which sits at 48.5 on the Los Angeles Rams vs. Oakland Raiders odds.

Quarterback Jared Goff fulfilled the promise in his second NFL campaign. The 2016 first overall pick tossed for 3,804 yards and 28 touchdowns last season, including 18 scoring throws on the road. Goff is pegged as a -115 bet to throw for OVER 27.5 scoring passes this season, while running back Todd Gurley sits at -115 to rush for OVER 1,250 yards.


*Odds as of September 10, 2018

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