Oakland Raiders-Denver Broncos: Their History and Monday Night Football Matchup

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Dec 6, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) calls a cadence at the line of scrimmage during the third quarter against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum. The Broncos defeated the Raiders 26-13. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

A rivalry, a match-up, a competition between two teams that have fought against one another since their very existence began.  Two organizations that have battled it out 107 times are about to face off once again in a Monday Night Football match-up.  The Oakland Raiders and Denver Broncos were established as American Football League (AFL) teams in 1960.  They have been playing against one another since October 2, 1960, when the Broncos defeated the Raiders 31-14.  However, and including the playoffs, the Raiders lead the All-time series 60-45-2.  The only other team the Raiders have played more is the Kansas City Chiefs (108 meetings).

Both the Oakland Raiders and the Denver Broncos are considered storied franchises with deep-rooted history.  There are six championships between the two teams.  The Raiders won an AFL Championship in 1967.  The first Super Bowl was played in 1966, and since then the Raiders have won 3 Super Bowls (1976, 1980, & 1983) and the Broncos have won 2 Super Bowls (1997 & 1998).  Both teams have been very successful over the years in the playoffs.  The Raiders were AFL Division Champions 3 times (1967, 1968, & 1969), and both the Raiders and Broncos have been AFC West Division Champions 12 times since the NFL/AFL merger in 1970.  Currently, the Broncos have defeated the Raiders in their last three meetings.

Sep 15, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Denver Broncos safety Rahim Moore (26) celebrates an interception with against the New York Giants with Broncos safety Mike Adams (20) during the fourth quarter of a game at MetLife Stadium. The Broncos defeated the Giants 41-23. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

As the Raiders have undergone a total transformation of their team, the Broncos have been establishing themselves as the dominant force in the AFC West.  This is due in large part to the addition of Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway.  In 2011, Elway stepped in to assist the Broncos in returning to their winning ways.  The Broncos defense was beginning to become a dominant force in the NFL, but the biggest piece that was missing was an offense that was consistent.  This required a field general.  In 2012, one of the best, if not the best, field generals was available, Peyton Manning.  Elway swooped in and stole Manning away from the Tennessee Titans and Arizona Cardinals (Both were viable candidates for Manning to play for).  This move alone has catapulted the Broncos back into the playoffs, and it has made them the team to beat in the AFC West.

As a matter of fact, the Broncos are being heralded as the team that will win the Super Bowl this year (2013).  It’s even been reported that they will have an easy ride into the playoffs.  Many pundits have stated that nobody in the AFC West will challenge the Broncos, except maybe the Kansas City Chiefs, but even this can be disputed.  So where does this leave the Raiders?  Are they just supposed to lay down and let the Broncos waltz all over them to a victory, or will they be able to pull off an upset this coming Monday?

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  • Raiderhays

    Going to be a tough, tough, game for the Raiders. I’ll be happy if they just keep the game close and compete.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    I think the pieces are there to keep it close, but the Offense is going to have to keep up with the scoring. The only way we can actually keep it close is if the Defense can hold Manning’s passing yards down under 300. No passing touchdowns would be a plus as well. If we can get to Manning in the pass rush, we can create the turnovers. Maybe Porter is Manning’s nemesis, like in the Super Bowl?

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Now, if Jacoby Ford actually gets a chance or two to return the ball, maybe just maybe we can create some added touchdown help…

  • Raiderhays

    OR… If Denarius “I’ve got brick for hands” Moore can star catching some passes… That’ll help too.

  • Angel Becerra

    Pryor has to get more comfortable in the passing game. I can see the Raiders winning by keeping it on the ground. The Raiders defense will have to make a huge impact and make their presence known by getting to Manning.

    Raider Nation… We can do this! Just Win, Baby!

  • bronconation

    Lol okay raider fans lets snap bac into reality…there is kno way in hell da raiders can come close…nd now yall beat da jags nd think yu got action against Peyton manning? Lol yall say dis every year your qb can’t even getta 200 yard game throwin da ball…my Broncos are gonna stomp da raiders out there D is Not nd I repeat NOT gonna fu nothing wit D.T ERIC DECKER WES WELKER ND JULIUS THOMAS. And I heard ppl talkin about a pass rush from oakland. Like I said jags are the worst team in the league nd was only able to put up 19 points nd the colts aren’t as good as everybody thinks…so raider fans get ready for a blowout

    48-17

  • Anthony Williams

    If we can run the ball (which I think we will be able to), we can win time of possession and keep Peyton off the field, keep the clock ticking and it wont be a high scoring game.

  • Angel Becerra

    Get off your high horse for a second… Broncos just became a serious contender last year. Now they beat a struggling defense against Ravens, beat a struggling offense against the Giants and you think you are on top of the world? I’m sure it’s going to be closer than you think.

    Also, come up with your own slogans. Everyone knows that RAIDER NATION is what started the “Nation” trend. Haters are quick to talk trash and still copy our trends.

  • Pridenpoise

    If you’re going to comment on this post, do us all a favour, pick up a dictionary, learn to spell. I wouldn’t get all hot and wet about the donkeys it’s early, besides we all know what happens in the playoffs with Manning.

  • Mark Shafer

    This will be the best defense that Payton has faced this year. We need to hit him hard to knock him out of his game.