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Raiders-Broncos Week 18: 5 things to watch

Keys to beating the Broncos in the season finale

NFL: Denver Broncos at Chicago Bears
Jarrett Stidham
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The Las Vegas Raiders host the Denver Broncos on Sunday. Let’s look at some keys to victory for the Raiders:

Stop Stidham:

Jarrett Stidham will start his second straight game against the team that he started the final two games of last season after the Raiders benched Derek Carr. So, the Raiders know what Stidham is capable of doing. He can make plays. The Raiders’ defense, which has ravaged many quarterbacks this year, have to keep pressure on Stidham and force him into mistakes. That recipe has worked often for Las Vegas.

Contain his receivers:

Courtland Sutton and Jerry Jeudy are capable of making plays. The Raiders’ secondary has to do a good job of taking them out of the game, further putting pressure on Stidham.

Act like the better team:

The Raiders, who have beaten the Broncos seven straight times dating back to the start of the 2020 season, are better than the Broncos even though Las Vegas is 7-9 and Denver is 8-8. They need to act like it. So, they have to play smart. They can’t make silly mistakes and they have to keep penalties at the minimum. If that happens, Las Vegas should win.

NFL: Las Vegas Raiders at Denver Broncos
Josh Jacobs
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Run the ball well:

In a 17-16 Week 1 win at Denver, Josh Jacobs (who will be a game-time decision with a quad injury) had just 48 yards on 19 carries and Zamir White had two yards on one carry. The Raiders will need more production from their running backs in this game whether Jacobs, who may be entering in his final game as a Raider, or White is the lead back.

Adams, Meyers show:

Raiders’ starting receivers Davante Adams and Jakobi Myers had productive days in Week 1 against the Broncos. In his first game as a Raiders, Meyers had nine catches for 81 yards and had two touchdowns. Adams, who has had some spirited battles with Denver star cornerback Patrick Surtain, had six receptions for 66 yards. If Meyers and Adams repeat this performance, it will go a long way to earning a victory.