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Two significant matchups in Raiders v. Boncos game

A young and promising Raiders team and rookie HC confront their 1st real test in the thin air heights of MHS. The first MNF game of the season will be viewed by 10's of millions.

John Fox and his new coaching staff worked to address rushing deficiency on both sides of the ball and Kyle Orton (who passed for 3,653 yds last season) and Tim Tebow looked solid in preseason both having 100+ QB ratings.

Defensively, Denver's most significant upgrade is the addition of Strongside LB, Von Miller. The bespectacled one had 3 sacks in 8 quarters of play and many more near sacks during his rookie preseason. Von Miller will be matching his pass rushing prowess against Raiders OT Khalif Barnes. ... Draw your conclusion.

Offensively, Denver favors ZBS with their OL veering mostly to its right. The bulk of carries goes to Knowshon Moreno. Moreno has a good 2nd effort and averaged 4.3 yards in 182 carries last season. Knowshon is normally brought down by LBs and, as Denver runs so much to the right, Moreno is typically confronted by the opposing team's Weakside LB who must make the tackle to avert a big gain. Currently, the Raiders' Weakside LB is Quentin Groves . .... Draw your conclusion.

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