The Denver Broncos enter Week 14 with a whopping 22 players listed on their injury report. Some of the names come as no surprise: Peyton Manning missing his fourth straight game with a foot injury, for example. Others have a bit more optimism to them: DeMarcus Ware has a good chance to return to playing time against the Raiders, head coach Gary Kubiak said.
Still, if the Broncos' goal is a Super Bowl, a playoff bye would do them wonders in the getting-healthy department. Every game is a must-win for Denver.
"Yeah, it's extensive," Kubiak said of the injury report. "It was a little extensive last week and it's gotten a little worse. I think our guys have done a really good job. First off, they understand where we're at. I think we know if we're missing some of these guys exactly where we're going as we started today in practice. I also think we've had some guys do a great job of making their way to Sunday and being able to do it. I'm still hopeful that some of these guys in this list will get there. We'll see."
The banged-up Broncos will look to keep their three-game winning streak with Brock Osweiler going as they take on the AFC West rival Oakland Raiders. Here's how to watch the game.
Kickoff at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver is set for Sunday, December 13th at 2:05 Mile High time (that's 4:05 p.m. Eastern time).
TV schedule and TV channels
The game will air nationally on CBS (KCNC-TV in Denver), and if you're in the RED, you're getting the Broncos game this weekend in your area.
Ian Eagle (play-by-play), Dan Fouts (color analyst) and Evan Washburn (sideline) will call the game for CBS.
'Next man up' means time to rally
Fighting the war of attrition is proving a big challenge for the Broncos as they host a streaky Raiders team that could cause some serious problems for the Broncos.
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 Mark Schlereth (color analyst) and Andy Lindahl (sideline reporting) calling the game. Eddie Mac is otherwise engaged this week (good luck Christian!).
On the Oakland side, Khalil Mack is probable, and Nate Allen is out.
Broncos defensive coordinator Wade Phillips had some fun at the podium this week. "In honor of Star Wars, [Former Raiders CB] Lester Hayes before Super Bowl 18 declared that he was the only Jedi in the NFL and I think he was because he had like 13 interceptions. He played for the Raiders, went to Texas A&M and also Phillis Wheatley High School in Houston, Texas. There's my guy."
The Broncos are favored by a touchdown against the Raiders at home.