Thearon W. Henderson
The Broncos (9-3) to face the Raiders (3-9) in the second and final 2012 meeting between these two division rivals.
Where: O.co Coliseum, Oakland California
When: 5:20pm Pacific Standard Time
TV: NFL Network, Local Raiders affiliate
These two teams were in a dogfight to the finish for the AFC West crown last season. But this season they have gone in opposite directions. They have mirror image records with the Broncos at 9-3 and Raiders at 3-9. The Broncos have already locked up the Division and the Raiders are now is a dogfight to keep from ending up dead last in the division with the 2-10 Chiefs.
The Raiders traveled to Denver in week four and left with their tails between their legs after a 37-6 drubbing. And as bad as the Raiders were then, they look even worse now. They allowed rookie QB Brandon Weeden to pass for a career high 364 yards last week. Peyton Manning looks do much worse to this weak and banged up Raiders defense.
The Broncos defense has been pretty solid as well. Pass rushers Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller have been great while the Raiders offensive line has struggled all season to protect Carson Palmer. The Raiders take to the air when they get behind and that usually means a costly turnover by Palmer.
The Raiders get back Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson for this game. The Raiders offensive line has been playing better of late. Or at least that is what we're told. We will soon see if the difficulties in the run game early on were McFadden or the offensive line.
OUT: DT Richard Seymour (knee, Hamstring)
With the addition of Jamize Olawale, the Raiders have seven running backs on the roster. Expect two of them to be inactive for this game. Olawale is unlikely to play until he has gotten down the offense. Reece has been nursing a sore quad muscle for a couple weeks. His status is probable.
OUT: LB Wesley Woodyard (ankle)
Questionable: OG Chris Kuper (ankle), WR Brandon Stokely (hip)