BEST BET OAK­LAND over L.A. Rams by 6

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Chucky’s back. It be­came Gru­den 2.0 when Raiders’ owner Mark Davis waved $100 mil­lion un­der Jon Gru­den’s nose. Thus, he be­comes the NFL’s most cel­e­brated coach­ing hire in re­cent mem­ory. With plenty of tal­ent on hand and a move to Las Ve­gas just around the cor­ner, Gru­den will be hell-bent to prove the move of star LB Khalil Mack was valid. And with it, ex­pect Black-and-Sil­ver back­ers to be as rabid as ever in this Mon­day night fight. For open­ers, Gru­den is 9-6-1 ATS as a home dog in his NFL ca­reer, in­clud­ing in games with a to­tal of 40 or more points. Mean­while, the Rams en­ter as the most hyped team in the league fol­low­ing last year’s play­off ef­fort and a se­ries of off­sea­son up­grades. Through it all, they re­main just

as fa­vorites of less than 7 points dur­ing the open­ing month of Septem­ber, as well as just in their last seven Mon­day night ap­pear­ances. In clos­ing out NFL Week One, we turn to

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