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The Denver Broncos look to end the season on a high note and to steal away second place in the division from the Oakland Raiders.

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For the Denver Broncos (6-9), the year started out with a dud and a four game losing streak, but since then they have scraped and clawed their way to a 6-5 mark with three different starting quarterbacks. They now have a chance to end the season on a high note.

Meanwhile, the Oakland Raiders (7-8) were once playoff contenders and sitting at 6-4. However, they went on a four game losing streak that they just snapped last week. There are still playoff hopes for them, so Denver could take that away from them as well.

Broncos Tickets

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Game Preview

In Week 1, the Raiders ran all over the Broncos front seven and dominated the line of scrimmage. They cannot allow that to happen again this week. Denver had issues early on in the season with stopping the run, but they were able to, briefly, become an elite run stopping unit during the middle of the season.

Unfortunately, the injury bug has swept the defensive line and it is once again a concern heading into the final game of the season. Can this deplete unit win the battles in the trenches on Sunday?

The Broncos offense is a completely different unit in Week 17 than it was in the first game. Drew Lock has stepped into the starting quarterback role and played really well. He has balanced the gunslinger attitude with the need to manage the game effectively.

“I think it just comes the mindset of taking what they give you the whole time, which is what we really started to preach before my first game and even into all these other games,” Lock said of balancing taking shots and managing the game. “I’m a gunslinger, but I’m going to be a gunslinger if the defense allows me to be. I don’t go into the game thinking, ‘Alright, I’m going to go chuck this thing around the yard and make big plays.’ If the defense allows me to be the gunslinger, it’s in me to bring out. But if the defense wants me to be a guy that checks down the field and we drive it 80 yards and take seven or eight minutes off the clock, then I can be that. I don’t think there’s an exact, perfect formula for me going into the game to think, ‘Alright, I’m going in gunslinger mode right now.’ It’s just whatever the defense is going to throw at us that day.”

That mentality has led to some big plays and more points being scored. And most importantly, a 3-1 record in his first four starts. If he can find success attacking a weak Raiders defense, then Denver could be on its way to a 7-5 finish since that 0-4 start.

Here is how to watch.

TV Schedule

When: Sunday, December 29, 2019 at 2:25 p.m. Mile High time

Where: Empower Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado

Channel: CBS / Local

Announcers: Andrew Catalon (play-by-play) and James Lofton (analyst).

Local Radio: KOA - 850 AM | 94.1 FM & The Fox - 103.5 FM | Spanish Radio KNVR 1150 AM

If you see GREEN in your area below, you will get the Broncos-Raiders game on CBS locally. Hopefully fans show up for this game and help Denver send the Raiders home with no playoffs.

Online Streaming

FuboTV (Available if being televised in your area)

Yahoo Sports App

NFL Game Pass (After the game)

Broncos injury report

Player Pos. Injury Wednesday* Thursday Friday Game Status
Player Pos. Injury Wednesday* Thursday Friday Game Status
Ja’Wuan James T Knee DNP DNP DNP OUT
Ron Leary G Concussion DNP DNP DNP OUT
Elijah Wilkinson T Ankle DNP DNP DNP OUT
Dre’Mont Jones DE Ankle LIMITED LIMITED FULL
Joe Jones ILB Back LIMITED FULL FULL
Will Parks S Hand FULL FULL FULL
Tim Patrick WR Shoulder FULL FULL FULL
Mike Purcell NT Shoulder / Knee FULL FULL FULL
Malik Reed OLB Ankle FULL FULL FULL
DeMarcus Walker DE Ankle FULL FULL FULL

Raiders injury report

Player Pos. Injury Wednesday* Thursday Friday Game Status
Player Pos. Injury Wednesday* Thursday Friday Game Status
Richie Incognito G Ankle DNP DNP DNP DOUBTFUL
Josh Jacobs RB Shoulder / Illness DNP DNP DNP DOUBTFUL
Lamarcus Joyner DB Calf / Quad DNP DNP FULL
Rodney Hudson C Ankle LIMITED LIMITED FULL
Gabe Jackson G Knee LIMITED DNP FULL
Trayvon Mullen CB Neck / Concussion LIMITED DNP FULL
Tyrell Williams WR Foot NOT LISTED DNP LIMITED

Odds

The Broncos are barely home favorites over the Raiders with the line at 3.5-points. The public is betting heavily on the Raiders too, so hopefully that’ll mean a whole lot of sad Raider fans losing money on Sunday. If they don’t lose money, then hopefully they win money in a Raiders loss.

Matchup History

Denver has slowly chipped away at the massive hole they exited the 1960s with against the Raiders. By 1977, the Raiders had an all-time record of 26-6-2 against Denver. The Broncos are now just 12 games back with a 52-64-2 record against their hated rival and have a chance this week to bring it down one more game.

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Fan Sentiment

Confidence in the Denver Broncos has risen steadily since Drew Lock took over at quarterback. At 77% this week, we are seeing the third highest mark since January of this year and the second highest since Lock started his first game. The future is definitely looking brighter in Denver.

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Broncos 2019 regular season schedule

Wk Date Opponent Time (MT) TV Score Record
Wk Date Opponent Time (MT) TV Score Record
1 Sep 9 at Raiders (MNF) 8:20 PM ESPN 24-16 L 0-1
2 Sep 15 vs Bears 2:25 PM FOX 16-14 L 0-2
3 Sep 22 at Packers 11:00 AM FOX 27-16 L 0-3
4 Sep 29 vs Jaguars 2:25 PM CBS 26-24 L 0-4
5 Oct. 6 at Chargers 2:05 PM CBS 20-13 W 1-4
6 Oct 13 vs Titans 2:25 PM CBS 16-0 W 2-4
7 Oct 17 vs Chiefs (TNF) 6:20 PM NFLN 30-6 L 2-5
8 Oct 27 at Colts 11:00 AM CBS 15-13 L 2-6
9 Nov 3 vs Browns 2:25 PM CBS 24-19 W 3-6
10 Nov 10 BYE
11 Nov 17 at Vikings 11:00 AM CBS 27-23 L 3-7
12 Nov 24 at Bills 11:00 AM CBS 20-3 L 3-8
13 Dec 1 vs Chargers 2:25 PM CBS 23-20 W 4-8
14 Dec 8 at Texans 11:00 AM CBS 38-24 W 5-8
15 Dec 15 at Chiefs 11:00 AM CBS 23-3 L 5-9
16 Dec 22 vs Lions 2:05 PM CBS 27-17 W 6-9
17 Dec 29 vs Raiders 2:25 PM CBS 16-15 W 7-9