The Oakland Raiders must take care of business early as they face the Denver Broncos in the Black Hole this Sunday. With three games remaining left on the schedule, each one is a must win ball game if the Raiders hope to have a chance to make it to the playoffs. Its one game at a time for the Silver and Black, and here’s what the Raiders must do to secure a win in Sunday’s match-up.
Oakland must offensively, take care of business against the Broncos early and fast, just like they did in Denver two months ago. Offensive coordinator Hue Jackson need not get cute, as a heavy starch and carb diet of running backs Darren McFadden and Michael Bush, along with Campbell picking his spots should produce a solid number of points against this down and out version of the Broncos.
Defensively, the Raiders must stay the course. The defense must play with a relentlessness to atone for some of the big plays they gave up last week. Rookie quarterback Tim Tebow makes his first start in the NFL for the Broncos. Oakland is 7th against the pass, so expect defensive coordinator John Marshall to scheme up coverages to confuse Tebow. Bottom line, control the run and you halt their offense.
Staying focused will be key for the Raiders on Sunday. Coming off a tough loss against the Jaguars last week, the Raiders have to play a full 60 minutes. They must not let up on the Broncos, because they are struggling. They instead, should take it to them because they are the superior team. The Raiders play in Sunday’s contest should set the tone for the last three ball games of the season.
Three up and three down, that’s the task in front of the Raiders. One game at a time is the mentality for this ball club. Can Coach Cable inspire his troops to end the season off on a strong note? As always, this should be interesting!
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Written by Arthur Kai