A rivalry renewed? The Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders haven't had a lot to hate about each other since Mike Shanahan was fired as Broncos coach following the 2008 season. Sure, there have been moments of rage - for both sides - but nothing that one could consider sustained, NFL football hate.
Enter Jack Del Rio.
Broncos players have been careful not to stoke this fire. The media has asked the players whether they have extra motivation because they're facing their old coach. "Not really," said Aqib Talib.
"For some people," Danny Trevathan said, "but in our eyes it's Broncos versus Raiders."
A former Bronco gives a different insight. Playing Del Rio is enough for Denver defenders to want to "annihilate" Del Rio's offense, according to former Broncos safety Nick Ferguson. Add the fact that the Raiders are seemingly on the rise while the Broncos' Super Bowl chances with Peyton Manning are sunsetting, and you have the makings of a rivalry renewed.
Here's how to watch Broncos at Raiders this Sunday.
Kickoff is set for Sunday, October 11, 2015 at 2:25 p.m. Mile High time (that's 1:25 p.m. local Pacific time).
TV schedule and TV channels
The game will air on CBS (KCNC-TV in Denver), and if you're in the BLUE, you're getting the Broncos game this weekend on CBS in your area.
Greg Gumbel will cover play-by-play while former Chief Trent Green will provide color commentary.
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NFL Game Pass offers live audio and re-airs after the game.
DirecTV's NFL Sunday Ticket has expanded its online streaming service. Verizon subscribers can watch games live with the NFL Mobile app (subscription required, and usual TV blackout rules apply even online).
Colorado can listen on KOA (850 AM) or The Fox (133.5 FM) with Dave Logan (play-by-play), Ed McCaffrey (color analyst) and Andy Lindahl (sideline reporting).
The Broncos' offensive line continues its banged-up state. Ty Sambrailo is out for the second week in a row, while left guard Evan Mathis is questionable. Expect to see Tyler Polumbus and Max Garcia this weekend, Gary Kubiak says.
"This is definitely a rivalry game," Peyton Manning said Wednesday. "I think that all of your division games are. Like I said, I'm new to this division, but this game goes back a long time. There have been great players, great coaches and great games between these two franchises. This is definitely one of those if that's where your question was headed. They are two teams and organizations that have played against each other a long time. They're playing well at home. They had a big win over Baltimore and I know that they'll be ready to go on Sunday."
The Broncos are 4.5-point favorites on the road against the Raiders, but that line has moved since its initial six-point opening.