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

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Sep 15, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders cornerback Phillip Adams (28) and free safety Usama Young (26) combine for the sack against Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne (7) during the fourth quarter at O.co Coliseum. The Oakland Raiders defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars 19-9. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

First and foremost one thing is true, the NFL and its pundits have seriously underestimated the Raiders.  Sure, there has been a huge turn around as far as player-personnel is concerned, but this had to happen in order to bring in better players.  Better players may not be the best description, more like players who actually want to put forth the effort to earn a paycheck.  For too long the Raiders had players that were just there to collect the big salary from Al Davis and the Raiders.  Now, the players must show General Manager Reggie McKenzie that they want to play in order to earn their salary.

While the Broncos have destroyed their last two opponents (Baltimore Ravens & New York Giants), the Raiders have fought hard to earn their way back into the .500 circle against their two opponents (Indianapolis Colts & Jacksonville Jaguars).  Now, there are those that believe that the Broncos haven’t faced a very strong defense yet.  Remember, the Ravens lost most of their premiere defensive players to Free Agency, and the Giants injuries and age have slowed them down.  Of course, the Raiders had their fair share of unwarranted turnovers in the game against the Colts, and this was the reason the game was lost to them.  In the NFL’s eyes, this game is going to be a true David Vs. Goliath game.  The Raiders enter into this game being ranked between 26th and 28th in the league (ESPN/NFL), and the Broncos are ranked among the top two teams.  However, this is a rivalry game, and anything can happen.

Sep 15, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders safety Usama Young (94) and linebacker Kevin Burnett (94) celebrate after a tackle against the Jacksonville Jaguars at O.co Coliseum. The Raiders defeated the Jaguars 19-9. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 15, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders safety Usama Young (94) and linebacker Kevin Burnett (94) celebrate after a tackle against the Jacksonville Jaguars at O.co Coliseum. The Raiders defeated the Jaguars 19-9. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Raiders have been stuffing their opponents rushing game while the Broncos have been trying to establish theirs.  This is going to be an advantage for the Raiders.  By stopping the rushing game of the Broncos, the Raiders will force Peyton Manning to sit in the pocket and throw the ball.  As Manning is not the most mobile of quarterbacks, this will also be a plus for the Raiders.  Not only has the rushing defense improved, but the pass rushing has placed the Raiders among the leaders in defensive sacks (9 in two games).  With the Broncos loss of their left tackle, the advantage is beginning to swing in favor of a defensive battle.

Sep 8, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) scrambles from Indianapolis Colts linebacker Robert Mathis (98) at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Colts defeated the Raiders 24-21. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 8, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) scrambles from Indianapolis Colts linebacker Robert Mathis (98) at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Colts defeated the Raiders 24-21. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

On the flip side of things, Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor is very mobile, and he has the ability to extend plays with his feet.  The Broncos are going to need to account for Pryor’s abilities while trying to keep the receivers at bay.  However, Darren McFadden is beginning to get his feet under him again in the power rushing game, and he has had very good games against the Broncos defense in the past.  Although many would call this game a win for the Broncos, I don’t think it’s going to be as easy as expected.

This is going to be a very good test for the Raiders.  It’s a Divisional game that has huge meaning in the long run of this season.  If the Raiders can pull out an upset in Denver, their chances at winning the AFC West or making it into the Wild Card are greatly increased.  It’s going to be exciting to see how the Raiders secondary will react to the dominant passing game that Manning and the Broncos wield.  That is where this game will be won or lost.

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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.