Oakland Raiders

Raiders ready for prime time, Broncos for first place in AFC West

The particulars

  • Opponent: vs. Denver Broncos
  • Time: 5:30 p.m.
  • Line: Raiders by 1 1/2
  • Records: Raiders 6-2; Broncos 6-2
  • TV/radio: Ch. 3 (Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya); 1140 AM

Three things to watch

CARR VS. THE BRONCOS

The dark-horse MVP talk around Derek Carr increased after his 513-yard performance in overtime against Tampa Bay last weekend. Carr is one of five quarterbacks with at least 100 attempts and a 100-plus passer rating. But he is about to face likely his stiffest test yet in a Broncos defense that allows the fewest yards per game (183.9) against the pass. Denver also ranks tied for first in sacks and first in quarterback hits, so Carr will need to be on his toes.

DIRTY LAUNDRY

A day after his team set a new NFL record with 23 accepted penalties in one game, Jack Del Rio told reporters the Raiders are “a disciplined team.” That the Raiders lead the league in penalties by a wide margin through eight weeks does not help Del Rio’s case. The tone this week is that the mistakes were addressed and the Raiders have moved on. If not, they may find it tougher to get away with mental lapses against a 6-2 Denver team.

BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG STAGE

Prime time, Sunday night, national TV audience. The Broncos, who just won the Super Bowl, have been here. The Raiders, for the most part, have not. Del Rio said getting a prime-time game scheduled at home is a sign of the progress the Raiders have made in the last couple of seasons. It’s now on them to live up to the billing – and do so in front of their fans. For all the positives in their 5-0 road record, the Raiders are 1-2 at home.

Matt Kawahara

Injury report

RAIDERS

  • Out: DT Stacy McGee (ankle)
  • Questionable: G/T Vadal Alexander (ankle), WR Amari Cooper (back), C Rodney Hudson (knee), RB Taiwan Jones (knee), FB Jamize Olawale (ankle), G/T Kelechi Osemele (knee), CB Sean Smith (shoulder), T Menelik Watson (calf)

BRONCOS

  • Out: CB Aqib Talib (back)
  • Questionable: C Matt Paradis (hip), CB Kayvon Webster (hamstring), ILB Brandon Marshall (hamstring)

Schedule

DATE

OPPONENT

OUTCOME

RECORD

Sept. 11

at New Orleans

W, 35-34

1-0

Sept. 18

vs. Atlanta

L, 35-28

1-1

Sept. 25

at Tennessee

W, 17-10

2-1

Oct. 2

at Baltimore

W, 28-27

3-1

Oct. 9

vs. San Diego

W, 34-31

4-1

Oct. 16

vs. Kansas City

L, 26-10

4-2

Oct. 23

at Jacksonville

W, 33-16

5-2

Oct. 30

at Tampa Bay

W, 30-24, OT

6-2

DATE

OPPONENT

TIME

TV

Sunday

vs. Denver

5:30 p.m.

Ch. 3

Nov. 13

BYE

Nov. 21

vs. Houston

5:30 p.m.

ESPN

Nov. 27

vs. Carolina

1:25 p.m.

Ch. 13

Dec. 4

vs. Buffalo

1:05 p.m.

Ch. 13

Dec. 8

at Kansas City

5:25 p.m.

Ch. 3

Dec. 18

at San Diego

1:25 p.m.

Ch. 13

Dec. 24

vs. Indianapolis

1:05 p.m.

Ch. 13

Jan. 1

at Denver

1:25 p.m.

Ch. 13

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