A few weeks ago this looked like a huge game for both teams; now it is huge for the Oakland Raiders as a win will give them the AFC West Title. The Broncos have been on a slide and need a win just to have a winning season.
Oakland Raiders- The Raiders have been great all year as their 12-3 record will attest. With Derek Carr lost to a broken leg, Matt McGloin will step in at quarterback. The Raiders will hope to succeed with the kind of game plan that was so successful in the first meeting when they ran all over the Broncos 43 times for 218 yards. The Raiders still have a shot at the number one seed in the AFC with a win and a Patriots loss.
Denver Broncos- To say things have not gone as planned for the defending World Champs would be a massive understatement. Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch will both see action for Denver. No matter who takes the snaps, though, the first task remains the same: Protect the quarterback. Denver’s offensive line didn’t allow any sacks last week, but still allowed a tremendous amount of pressure on the QB.
Keys to the Game
Can the Broncos protect their QB?- That answer is a resounding no if they haven’t all year why could you think that all the sudden in this game they will? The Raiders will have a field day against one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL.
Can the Broncos defend the Raiders running game?- As we talked about earlier the Raiders ran for well over 200 yards in the teams first meeting. If that happens again, life will be much easier for Raiders QB Matt McGloin.
I look for the Raiders defense to take over this game and make life much easier on Raider backup Matt McGloin. I think McGloin just needs to take care of the ball and let his running backs win the game for him. Raiders 20 Broncos 13