Here are some quick hits regarding the Monday Night Football (MNF) game that will be played between the Oakland Raiders and Denver Broncos tonight. OL-Lucas Nix is still recovering from his ankle injury, and the Oakland Raiders will turn to veteran lineman Andre Gurode to play the left guard position. After Nix left the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the third quarter, the left side of the line seemed to improve with Gurode left of center. Maybe this is a trend the Raiders will consider moving forward, even after Nix and Tony Bergstrom get healthy. With Gurode at left guard, the holes were opened up and Darren McFadden was able to eclipse the 100 yard mark. This will definitely be helpful tonight against the Denver Broncos.
The Denver Broncos could be without their current sack leader. Defensive end Shaun Phillips leads the team with 2.5 sacks, but he may not play due to back spasms that kept him out of practice this week. The defensive line for the Broncos is already decimated with the losses of Elvis Dumervil (Baltimore) and Von Miller (Suspension), and now the Broncos will have to lean on Derek Wolfe and Robert Ayers to pick up the slack. Wolfe was third on the team in sacks with 6 in 2012, and he looks to get a jump-start to his second season against the Raiders. Wolfe will face off against the Raiders right tackle Tony Pashos, and Ayers will most likely get the start against left tackle Khalif Barnes.
The game against the Jacksonville Jaguars became more of a showcase for power running rather than what Terrelle Pryor was capable of in the passing game. This may have been due to the early lead by the Raiders, and the coaching staff may not have wanted to show all their cards to the Denver Broncos. More than likely, the Raiders want to keep Denver guessing tonight rather than give them the equation to contain Terrelle Pryor. At least, that’s what I would like to think.
It’s time for the Raiders to unleash everything in their arsenal tonight, because the Raiders will need every play to beat the Broncos tough offense and defense. I haven’t been more excited for a Raiders-Broncos game since I don’t know when (it’s been too long), but I can’t wait for tonight. Go Raiders!
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