Broncos vs. Raiders - First Look

Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Some numbers to ponder for the Broncos-Raiders Week 4 matchup..

The (1-2) Denver Broncos play host to their archrivals, the (1-2) Oakland Raiders, on Sunday at 2:05 pm MT to begin their AFC West Divisional slate. The game will be telecast nationally by CBS and once again, we will suffer the bias of Jim Nantz (play-by-play) and Phil Simms (color commentary). Check the Broadcast Map for the game in your area. Dave Logan (play-by-play) and Ed McCaffrey (color commentary) will call the game over the Radio airwaves on KOA Radio (850 AM), with Andy Lindahl reporting from the sidelines. SIRIUS: 139 (Oak.), 85 (Den.). XM: 230 (Den.).

The Weather forecast says there is a 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 76. West wind 7 to 11 mph becoming north in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 17 mph.

The wise guys in Las Vegas give the edge to the Broncos by 7 points.

These two teams have met 103 times previously during the regular season in a rivalry that has lasted 52 years. The first game was on October 2, 1960 at Bears Stadium in Denver. Legendary Broncos Receiver Lionel Taylor caught a pair of touchdown passes from Quarterback Gene Mingo and Bill Yelverton turned a Tom Flores pass into a pick six as the Broncos rolled to a 31-14 victory. Denver won the last meeting in Oakland 38-24, but the Raiders have come in to Mile High and handed out a whoopin in the last 4 games.

Raiders rookie head coach Dennis Allen got his first career win last week with a 34-31 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Broncos head coach John Fox has a 2-2 record against the Silver and Black.

RAIDERS

  • QB Carson Palmer is 2-0 on the road as a starter vs. the AFC West with 99.5 passer rating.
  • Palmer posted 3 TD passes last week, He is 17-4 (.810) when that happens.
  • RB Darren McFadden has 637 rush yards vs. Broncos, the most against any opponent.
  • He is going for his 4th consecutive game with 100+ rush yards vs. Den. (165, 119, 150).
  • McFadden recorded his 10th career game with over 100 rushing last week against the Steelers.
  • The Raiders are 8-2 when McFadden gets 100 yards,
  • WR Denarius Moore posted his 1st TD catch of season on a 6-yard TD pass in 4th quarter last week.
  • Moore averages 17.8 yards per catch (41 rec., 730 rec. yards) for his career.
  • TE Brandon Myers has a career-best 206 receiving yards in 2012.
  • DT Richard Seymour has 5 career sacks vs. Broncos.
  • DE Matt Shaughnessy has 2.5 sacks in the past 2 games vs. Denver
  • K Sebastian Janikowski had a 43-yard game-winning FG last week.


BRONCOS

  • QB Peyton Manning surpassed Hall of Fame QB Dan Marino last week with his 64th 300-yard passing game.
  • It was Manning’s first 300-yard passing game since December 9, 2010.
  • Manning has won his past 3 starts against the Raiders.
  • RB Willis McGahee rushed for 163 yards with 2 TDs in the last meeting with Oakland.
  • McGahee has 6 rushing Touchdowns in his past 4 games against the Raiders.
  • WR Eric Decker had a career-best 8 catches and 136 receiving yards last week.
  • Decker also had a 27-yard TD catch in the last game against Raiders.
  • WR Demaryius Thomas has a Touchdown catch in 2 of the past 3 games.
  • WR Brandon Stokley made his first Touchdown reception (38 yards) since January 3, 2010 last week against the Texans.
  • TE Joel Dreesen had a career-best 112 receiving yards in his last meeting with the Raiders.
  • DE Elvis Dumervil has 7.5 career sacks against Raiders, the most against any opponent.
  • Elvis got his 1st sack of the season last week vs. Houston.
  • LB Von Miller has 14.5 sacks in 18 career games.
  • CB Champ Bailey had 2 Interceptions in the last game vs. Raiders.
  • LB Wesley Woodyard got his first Interception since September 2009 last week.
Like all division matchups and especially against the Oakland Raiders, this one will be a doozy. On a more depressing note, over the past four years against the Raiders at home the Broncos have been favored by 32.5 total points... and lost by a combined 70.

Go Broncos!

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