Fresh off their bye week, the Oakland Raiders come into Sunday’s game trying to get back on pace to their early season winning ways, as they take on their biggest rival, the Denver Broncos.
Sunday’s matchup will have an interesting spin to it, regarding the starting quarterbacks. Carson will get his first start of the season after only three weeks off the street, while Tim Tebow will get his third start of the season.
Which quarterback gets it done come game time is the million dollar question?
The Raiders will be without running back Darren McFadden this week to due to injury, but they have more than a viable backup in Michael Bush. However, Bush doesn’t have that dynamic, explosive play-making ability like McFadden, so the Broncos stand somewhat of a better chance against the Raiders come Sunday.
With the acquisition of wide receiver T. J. Houshmandzadeh, the Raiders get a veteran wide out, and former teammate of Palmer who could help Oakland’s ailing offense. Hopefully, a familiar face gets Palmer back on track.
Defensively, the Raiders must frustrate Tebow, and slow down their running game to get their fifth straight win over the Broncos. No relapses on that side of the ball, with a couple of forced turnovers, could make life a lot easier for Palmer and the offense.
The Raiders get Seabass (Sebastian Janikowski) back for Sunday’s ball game, which is also huge for the Raiders, especially since they rely on his leg to produce points when their offense becomes stagnant.
Head coach Hue Jackson, has led the Raiders to the halfway point of the season in intriguing fashion, and has had to overcome a number of unfortunate obstacles. What will the second half of the season bring the Silver and Black?
Let’s see if Oakland can get back on track against the Broncos to seriously contend for the AFC West Division.
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Written by Arthur Kai