The Denver Broncos (6-2) are facing their toughest offense test of the season since their loss to Atlanta a few weeks ago. The Oakland Raiders (6-2) boast the NFL’s 4th best passing offense and are playing in front of what will be a rowdy crowd on Sunday Night Football.
This is yet another important division game here, as all three road division games in 2016 are in prime time. The Broncos already lost their first road division prime time game against San Diego, so they need to steal one of these road division games at some point if they want to win their sixth straight division title.
Kickoff is set for Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. Mile High time at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California.
TV schedule and TV channels
The game will be broadcast on NBC with Al Michaels (play-by-play), Cris Collinsworth (color analyst) and Michele Tafoya (sideline reporting).
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).
Nationally, the game will be broadcast on WestwoodOne with Kevin Kugler (play-by-play) and James Loftin (color analyst).
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).
Spanish radio KNVR (1150 AM) will also broadcast the game with Javier Olivias (play-by-play) and Carlos Valdez (color analyst).
The Broncos opened 1.5 point favorites, but the line quickly moved to even. This game is tough to call as both teams are going up against strength versus strength and weakness versus weakness. It really could go either way.
Here’s the final participation report from Friday.
|Chris Harris Jr.||CB||NIR||DNP||FULL||FULL|
|Trevor Siemian||QB||Left Shoulder||FULL||FULL||FULL|
Derek Carr is having an MVP-caliber season, so stopping him and disrupting his passing is going to be key in this game. Von Miller was asked about how well the Raiders have been protecting Carr.
“Usually, you have five offensive linemen, but they have six,” explained Miller. “They’ll bring a guy in. Sometimes he’ll go out for routes to keep you honest, but instead of putting a tight end in the game, they’ll put a tackle in a game to have a six-man protection deal. Then, you’ve got a guy like Carr that gets the ball off pretty fast. One of those timing type quarterbacks, but also he can string plays out. He can run. A lot of people don’t know that. He ran at least a 4.60 from my recollection from the combine. He’s a fast quarterback, an elusive guy. He can string plays out and that’s why he doesn’t get sacked that much.”
There is no way I’d predict a Broncos loss here, although I’ll admit it is a distinct possibility with the way the Raiders have been playing on offense in recent weeks.
What I expect is for Trevor Siemian to continue his adjustment against defenses. Despite the Raiders sporting a terrible defense, Siemian’s inexperience will again shine through. He’ll muddle along and make just enough plays to generate some scoring drives while the Broncos defense completely clamps down on Carr’s wide receivers.
With the game on the line, the defense will make the stops to secure a 7-2 record and first place in the AFC West.
Prediction: Broncos 20, Raiders 16