▪ Opponent: vs. Denver
▪ Time: 1:05 p.m.
▪ Line: Broncos by 111/2
▪ Records: Raiders 0-8, Broncos 6-2
▪ TV/Radio: Ch. 13 (Greg Gumbel, Trent Green), 950, 1140
FIVE THINGS TO WATCH
CLASS OF ’98
This game features two of the three remaining players from the 1998 draft, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and Raiders safety Charles Woodson. Manning was taken first by Indianapolis that year, and Woodson went fourth to Oakland after beating out Manning for the Heisman Trophy. Sixteen years later, the two are still near the top of their games. Said Manning: “He looks the same as when he got out of college.”
LEERY OF LETDOWN
One week after losing a showdown at New England, the Broncos could be forgiven if they let their guard down a bit against the winless Raiders. “I don’t look at the record, I look at the film,” Manning said. “I look at how we’re playing. Your job each week is to study the opponent and also be sure you’re studying yourselves and seeing what you need to be doing to improve.”
When the Raiders drafted Khalil Mack with the No. 5 pick in May, then-coach Dennis Allen compared him to Broncos linebacker Von Miller. Mack has mostly lived up to the expectations, playing dominant run defense and providing consistent pressure on the quarterback. The one thing lacking is sacks; Mack is still looking for his first.
Miller and DeMarcus Ware are among the most feared pass-rushing duos in the NFL. Miller is tied for second in the NFL with nine sacks and Ware has eight. They are the eighth set of teammates to have at least eight sacks each in the first eight games and will present quite a challenge to Raiders quarterback Derek Carr.
The Raiders’ running game is setting some marks for futility. Oakland’s 18.8 rushing attempts per game are the lowest on record going back to 1932, and the team’s average of 66.1 rushing yards is the lowest in the NFL since Detroit averaged 42.5 yards in 1946. This week, the Raiders will have to contend with the NFL’s stingiest run defense, as the Broncos allow just 71.6 yards a game.
The Associated Press
▪ Out: TE David Ausberry (foot), CB Chimdi Chekwa (hamstring), G Gabe Jackson (knee), CB Carlos Rogers (knee)
▪ Questionable: CB T.J. Carrie (ankle)
▪ Probable: WR Vincent Brown (hamstring), CB Keith McGill (groin), FB Jamize Olawale (shoulder), WR Kenbrell Thompkins (not injury related) DE Justin Tuck (knee)
▪ Out: LB Nathaniel Irving (knee)
▪ Questionable: T Paul Cornick (shoulder), RB Montee Ball (groin), TE Virgil Green (calf)
▪ Probable: LB Steven Johnson (ankle), K Brandon McManus (groin), RB Juwan Thompson (knee), WR Wes Welker (back), S Quinton Carter (hamstring)
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