The Denver Broncos will visit the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 10 in an AFC West showdown. The Broncos had an opportunity to turn the corner this season, but laid an egg in Atlanta last week to call to 3-5. Meanwhile, the Raiders are in prime position to make a late season push towards the playoffs and currently sit at 5-3.
This could be a prime opportunity for Denver to knock the hated Raiders off their perch a bit and derail their playoff aspirations before they even begin. Unfortunately, as a group we are not feeling confident about that happening. We have the Raiders winning 29-27 on Sunday.
There were a few of us who are predicting a Broncos win, however, so here is how we broke things down individually with our score predictions.
Raiders 30, Broncos 20
The Broncos have lost three of their last five to the Raiders, with both wins being the lucky one-point type kind of games. Meanwhile, on the road, the Broncos have lost those three games by an average of almost 10 points per game. As much as it pains me to do so, I think the Raiders have the better offense and will pick on the injury riddled defense enough to win by that much. I don’t have much faith in the Broncos offense figuring out their early game woes either. I’m a native Californian who grew up around Raider Nation type people, so I cannot express how much this prediction pains me. - Tim Lynch
Broncos 27, Raiders 26
The Broncos and Raiders have one of the most hated rivalries in the NFL. When rivals get together, the records get thrown out the window. While the Broncos have struggled to find wins, and the Raiders have a win in KC against the Chiefs (what does that feel like?), this just might be one of those rivalry games that ends up going the opposite direction than what people think. Drew Lock has been the big conversation all week, but the defense has been hurting from injuries for Denver, which has a big impact on the outcome of games.
That being said, if AJ Bouye and Bryce Callahan are back on the field, that will be a huge boon to the defense. Missing Shelby Harris will hurt, but it might be alright if the secondary is at full strength. The offense has to start fast, and change things up. I think they will. Lock will have a better game to start, and the offense will put up points early. The defense will have to hang on in the end, but I think Denver squeezes out a win. - Adam Malnati
Raiders 35, Broncos 24
The Raiders are a bit of an enigma this year. They beat the Saints and Kansas City, two of the best teams in football, but lost to the Patriots, got rolled by the Buccaneers, and only put up 16 points against the Browns, so the jury is still out a little bit on who the Raiders actually are as a team this year, but they do seem like a better football team overall than we have seen from them in awhile.
The last time Denver won a game against a good football team was maybe the Titans last year, and the surprise win against the Steelers in 2018. Even though it’s a division rivalry and records kind of go out the window, I think the Raiders get the better of the Broncos this year. - Jeff Essary
Broncos 31, Raiders 27
I told Adam on the MHR Radio Podcast that the Raiders would win on Sunday. Now having gone full Jim Carrey from “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective,” I cannot go forward with that prediction ... even if I think it’s true. I hate the Raiders too damn much. I think Lock and the Broncos will find a way to leave Las Vegas with the win. - Ian St. Clair
Broncos 28, Raiders 23
Minus Shelby Harris, the Raider running game is going to find enough chunk plays to move the ball into the red zone. Derek Carr has the kind of weapons to kill the Fangio D with a thousand tiny papercuts. Darren Waller is an athletic mismatch for the linebackers while Henry Ruggs has the speed to embarrass A.J. Bouye and Michael Ojemudia.
Like the last two weeks, the Broncos need Drew Lock to carry the day if they’re going to come out of the roomba with a W. Maxx Crosby and Paul Guenther’s blitzes mean it’s an open question if he’ll find a way to do so, but the receivers should get open.
When in doubt, I’m going with Fangio’s game management over Gruden’s “throw-it-back-to-the-90’s” style. - Joe Rowles