The Denver Broncos revive their oldest and historically fiercest rivalry in Week 10 when they travel to visit the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum. The Broncos (6-2) will be aiming to improve to 3-0 in the AFC West and maintain their first place rank in the division as they pursue their fourth straight division title. The Raiders (0-8) will be aiming for their first win of the season.
While the Broncos are prohibitive favorites, there are reasons to take the Raiders seriously. There is history here, where bad teams any given year in this rivalry rise up and beat the opposing "good" team. An NFL team should never underestimate a division opponent on the road. And the Raiders are probably better than their 0-8 record would suggest, with close losses to the New England Patriots, San Diego Chargers, and Seattle Seahawks this year.
"You know we don’t look at records; we look at the tape," Broncos coach John Fox said. "Obviously when you play a divisional opponent on the road, historically, you just don’t look at records. So I think our guys will approach it that way this week, and it’ll be a huge challenge."
The Raiders boast two impressive rookies in quarterback Derek Carr and pass rusher Khalil Mack, and they also boast an All Pro veteran in 38-year-old safety Charles Woodson. Meanwhile, the Broncos will be reportedly experimenting with their offensive line, shuffling Louis Vasquez over to right tackle, Manny Ramirez to right guard, and calling up Will Montgomery from the bench to play center.
"I was really frustrated with the fact that we did not run the ball better. We do need to find a way to do it better," Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase said. "It starts with those front five guys making sure we've got guys covered up.... We've got to man up and start blocking better."
Kickoff is set for 2:05 p.m. Mile High time on Sunday, November 9, 2014 - that's 1:05 local time California.
The game will air on CBS, predominantly on the West Coast (the blue regions in the adjacent map), airing on KCNC-TV in Denver. Greg Gumble (play-by-play) and Trent Green (color commentary) will call the game with Evan Washburn reporting from the sidelines.
View our Broncos-Raiders TV broadcast map to see if the game will air locally in your area. DirecTV Sunday Ticket customers can find the game on 712.
Verizon subscribers can tap into NFL Mobile. At a premium, you can stream the game after the final whistle blows from NFL.com using Game Rewind. You can also listen live using streaming audio from NFL.com.
Listen around Denver at 850 AM KOA & nationwide at Sirius 92. Dave Logan (play-by-play) and Ed McCaffrey (color commentary) will call the game with Andy Lindahl reporting from the sidelines. View the full Denver Broncos radio network here.
Peyton Manning and Charles Woodson each entered the NFL in the 1998 draft. The only other active player from the '98 draft class is Matt Hasselbeck.
For the Broncos, Nate Irving has been ruled out with a knee injury. Steven Johnson is expected to play predominantly in Irving's absence. Running back Montee Ball, tight end Virgil Green, and tackle Paul Cornick are each questionable.
For the Raiders, four cornerbacks appear on the injury report, including Carlos Rogers, who is out.
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The Broncos opened as 10.5-point favorites but increased to between 11 and 12 points in most sports books.
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