Denver prepares for big-win day against division rival Oakland, as well as getting one step closer to making the playoffs.
Oakland Raiders (4-9) @ Denver Broncos (8-5)
This should be automatic win day for the Broncos. Denver turned it on in the second half last week during a loss to the Colts and look to carry that momentum into this home game against the struggling Raiders. Denver has owned Oakland as of late, and not much should change in this ball game.
The Broncos should have plenty of offensive success this weekend, though Brandon Marshall will not post even close to the numbers he totaled last Sunday considering that he will be lining up against Oakland CB Nnamdi Asomugha. Denver should be able to smash the Raiders on the ground with Knowshon Moreno all day long and run away with this home game in style.
The Raiders got crushed by the Redskins last week, 34-13, a team that also defeated the Broncos in week ten. The Raiders do despise the Broncos, and this heated rivalry has produced some very close games over the years, but this won’t be one of them. Denver’s defense will completely shut down the Raiders lowly offensive unit, and the Broncos should eat up the clock on the ground for a convincing victory.
Kyle Orton can not depend on Marshall to catch every throw he makes this week, which will ultimately force Orton to key in on other options to move the chains in the air. But why pass against the Raiders? Moreno is getting better each game and he should have a huge afternoon against this pathetic Oakland run defense, which allows more than 150 yards on the ground. Anytime a team can run on you all day long and also force your offense to go three and out almost every time, chances are, you will not win that game. That being said, the Raiders will not win this game.
Denver obviously can not afford to lose this divisional matchup, and like any rivalry, you can never take the game lightly. But Denver significantly outmatches Oakland and they should be able to dominate this game right out of the gate.
This is one of two automatic wins for Denver left on their schedule, as they will most certainly tee off on Kansas City once again in the final game of the regular season. Wins against both of their sub-par divisional opponents will put Denver at ten victories and more than likely in the postseason.
The Raiders have kept it close in quite a few ball games this season, but Oakland just does not match up well with Denver, who won the first contest, 23-3. Not much should change this time around and there is no way Brian Dawkins will allow this team to lose to the Raiders this late in the season. Bank on it.
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Written by Josh Souder