The Denver Broncos (8-7) were bounced from contention last week with a blowout road loss to the Kansas City Chiefs and will look to stop their three-game skid at home against the Oakland Raiders (12-3).
It is certainly possible as Derek Carr was knocked out for the season last week with a broken leg. If the Broncos win this game, they will likely secure a first round bye for the Chiefs. So part of me kind of hopes for a loss here too.
Kickoff is set for Sunday, January 1, 2017 at 2:25 p.m. Mile High time at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado.
TV schedule and TV channels
The game will be broadcast on CBS with Jim Nantz (play-by-play), Phil Simms (color analyst), and Tracy Wolfson (sideline reporting) covering the game.
Both Alaska and Hawaii will get the game, along with any location within the RED areas below.
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 ESPN Radio with Adam Amin (play-by-play) and Chris Canty (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).
Surprisingly, the Broncos opened slight favorites at home over the Raiders, but that quickly moved into Oakland’s favor as the week progressed. Denver is mostly favored by 1.5 points, but a few places have Oakland marked as slight favorites.
The Broncos will be without a slew of starters and will be thrusting some of the younger players onto the field for some much-needed experience. The Raiders went full Bill Belichick and listed everyone as questionable. What a dick move by Jack Del Rio.
|Perry Riley Jr.||LB||Hamstring||LIMITED||LIMITED||LIMITED||QUESTIONABLE|
|Austin Howard||T||Shoulder||NOT LISTED||NOT LISTED||DNP||OUT|
BOLD- Indicates change in status; NIR- Indicates not injury related; IR- Placed on Injured Reserve.
STATUS DEFINITIONS: Did not participate (DNP); Limited: means less than 100 percent of a player’s normal repetitions; Full: 100 percent of player’s normal repetitions; Out: will not play; Doubtful: Unlikely to play; Questionable: Uncertain to play.
If you think this game is going to net a ton of experience for Paxton Lynch, think again. Gary Kubiak was quite wishy washy on how evenly split the playing time was, which tells me he will keep Trevor Siemian in the game if things go well for a change.
“I kind of do [know], but I want to see how the game goes, too,” Kubiak said of splitting time between the two quarterbacks. “Obviously I can sit here and tell you that they’re going to play a half and a half. I can tell you that, but let me see how the game goes. In their mind, that’s kind of where we’re going right here, but let me see. That could change, but they’re both going to play.”
This is where I usually give a brief breakdown of the keys to the game for the Broncos, but at this point it doesn’t matter. The only positive thing that can help the Broncos long-term is losing and getting a better draft pick.
Because if they beat the Raiders, they help the Chiefs. If they lose, they help the Raiders. It’s quite the disgusting situation for a fan to be in this week.
Prediction: A pox on both houses (Chiefs/Raiders).