Opponent: vs. Denver Broncos
Time: 1:25 p.m.
Line: Broncos by 4 1/2
Records: Raiders 2-2, Broncos 4-0
TV/Radio: Ch. 13 (Greg Gumbel, Trent Green), 1140
FIVE THINGS TO WATCH
Class of ’98: Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and Raiders safety Charles Woodson are two of the three remaining active players from the 1998 draft class, along with Indianapolis backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck. This will be the ninth meeting between Woodson and Manning, who finished second to Woodson in the 1997 Heisman Trophy balloting. Woodson is still seeking his first interception against Manning despite having 62 in his career.
Del Rio’s reunion: Raiders coach Jack Del Rio spent the past three seasons as defensive coordinator in Denver and knows the team well. Del Rio said despite the system changes under new coach Gary Kubiak, the Broncos still look familiar. Both Del Rio and his former players are downplaying the reunion. “A lot of people look at it as defense vs. defense, Jack’s defense versus (Broncos defensive coordinator Wade Phillips’) defense, but in our eyes, it’s Broncos vs. Raiders,” Broncos linebacker Danny Trevathan said.
Tight end trouble: For four weeks, the Raiders have been unable to cover tight ends. Despite shifts in scheme and coverage responsibilities, the tight end has continually been left open for big catches. Tight ends have combined for 32 catches for 388 yards and six touchdowns this season against the Raiders. That could bode well for the Broncos’ Owen Daniels. “I haven’t seen that, but now that you mention it, I guess I’ll go look for it,” Manning told reporters. “Thanks for the tip. I appreciate that.”
Seabass’ record: Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski will set the franchise record when he plays in his 241st career game. Janikowski is tied with Hall of Famer Tim Brown. With four points in the game, Janikowski would pass Lou Groza for 15th place on the all-time scoring list. He has 1,605 points.
Road warriors: The Broncos have won four consecutive division titles and a major reason has been their dominance on the road. Denver has won an NFL-record 13 consecutive road games in the AFC West since losing in Oakland in Tim Tebow’s first career start in 2010. The streak began the next year in Oakland when Tebow ran past the Raiders and it has continued for Manning’s three-plus seasons in Denver.
Out: DL Denico Autry (concussion), CB T.J. Carrie (chest), DT Justin Ellis (ankle), RB Taiwan Jones (foot), DE Benson Mayowa (knee)
Questionable: S Taylor Mays (ankle)
Probable: WR Michael Crabtree (ankle), LB Ben Heeney (hamstring), CB Keith McGill (foot), RB Latavius Murray (shoulder), DE Justin Tuck (knee), DL C.J. Wilson (calf), S Charles Woodson (shoulder)
Out: WR Cody Latimer (groin), T Ty Sambrailo (shoulder)
Questionable: WR Bennie Fowler (hamstring), G Evan Mathis (hamstring)
Probable: S Omar Bolden (foot), TE Owen Daniels (not injury related), T Ryan Harris (knee), QB Peyton Manning (not injury related), WR Demaryius Thomas (neck), G Louis Vasquez (knee), LB DeMarcus Ware (not injury related)
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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