Disheveled Bill Belichick might spell bad news for Raiders

Bill Belichick has certainly never been known for his fashion sense. But the New England coach outdid himself Wednesday during a Zoom call with reporters in advance of Sunday’s home game against the Raiders.

Looking like he hadn’t slept since Sunday night’s 35-30 loss at Seattle, a disheveled Belichick was wearing a tattered sweatshirt that was full of holes and, not surprisingly, had the sleeves cut off.

Letters were missing from the words “Patriots, established in 1960” on the sweatshirt, which also appeared to be 60 years old.

NFL Twitter had a field day poking fun at the coach. But veteran Las Vegas oddsmaker Dave Sharapan said Belichick’s appearance probably spells bad news for the Raiders.

“When I saw the picture of Belichick in his film room gear after losing by 1 yard to Seattle, I said, ‘Oh, boy. He’s already coming up with something. He’s taking away somebody,’” said Sharapan (@SportsbkConsig). “It’s the easiest favorite lay of the week. It feels that way. This is one of those games we’ve seen for years. Belichick is going to have something for the Raiders, who are coming in 2-0 and riding high.

“It doesn’t feel like it’s going to end well for the Raiders.”

According to, the Patriots lead the league after a loss since 2003 with a 42-18 ATS record (70 percent).

New England is a 5½-point favorite after the line opened at 6½, and Westgate sportsbook vice president of risk Ed Salmons said the scheduling spot sets up perfectly for the Patriots.

“This is one of those spots you rarely see where a team plays on the West Coast on Monday night and then travels all the way back to the East Coast and plays in the 10 a.m. game Sunday,” he said. “The Raiders have a really short week, plus travel, and they’re off a big win. The spot seemingly sets up well for New England. But they played at Seattle this week.”

Some situational gamblers look to bet against teams coming off big wins, banking on them to have an emotional letdown. Las Vegas certainly qualifies in that regard after upsetting the Saints 34-24 on “Monday Night Football” in their first game in Las Vegas at Allegiant Stadium.

The line momentarily dropped to 4½ Thursday at the Westgate, which took some plays on the Raiders when news broke that Patriots center David Andrews will miss the game with a broken hand. But the line quickly crept back to 5½ at every Las Vegas book, and the total Friday was 47½ across the board.

“We anticipate a lot of support for the Raiders, especially if they maintain success and continue to win,” Westgate sportsbook vice president Jay Kornegay said. “But I’m not sure if it’s this week. There’s a lot of support for Cam Newton and the Patriots at this time, especially with the Raiders coming off a short week.

“I expect it to be our biggest bet game Sunday, despite the early start. However, when they kick off, we’ll most likely need the Raiders.”

If the betting public backs Las Vegas and the line drops again, Sharapan said sharp bettors will pounce on the Patriots.

“This is a classic wiseguy favorite play,” he said. “The guys with the bags (of money) are waiting for the bottom of the market, whether it’s 5 or whether it’s 4½. You just know they’re waiting in the weeds to hammer this thing.”

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Raiders-Patriots props

First score of game

Touchdown -160

Any other score +140

Largest lead by either team

Over 14½ Even

Under 14½ -120

Longest touchdown of the game 41½

Will either team make a field goal in first quarter?

Yes +120

No -140

Will game go into overtime?

Yes 10-1

No -2,000

Will there be a special teams or defensive TD?

Yes +250

No -300

Will there be a successful two-point conversion?

Yes +320

No -380

Will both teams make 33-yard plus field goals?

Yes +120

No -140

Will there be a lead change in the fourth quarter?

Yes +300

No -360

Will either team score three straight times?

Yes -190

No +170

Will either team score in final two minutes of first half?

Yes -300

No +170

Will the game be tied after 0-0?

Yes +110

No -130

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