Raiders vs. Broncos 2013 game preview: Denver heavily favored in the spotlight


The Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders will face off on Monday Night Football this week.

The Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders will face off in prime time on Monday Night Football. The Broncos are wildly favored to win due to their 2-0 mark and impressive offensive showings, while the Raiders are 1-1 with their win being over the Jacksonville Jaguars, widely considered candidates to make it to 0-16 this year.

If Oakland has one thing going for them at this point, it's the fact that this is an AFC West rivalry matchup and they know the Broncos well. Last season Oakland lost both games, but they weren't totally dominated. They weren't particularly close games, but it was always clear they were playing them harder. If Oakland hopes to win this one though, they'll need to be even better.

Let's take a look at both teams below.

Meet the Broncos

Quarterback Peyton Manning had a down game in Week 2. That is to say he had a down game when in comparison to Week 1, during which he threw for seven touchdown passes. Against Eli Manning and the New York Giants in Week 2, Manning still looked great, throwing for 307 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.

Denver has now scored 40 points or more in both games. They have the No. 3 passing offense in the league and the No. 1 rushing defense. They haven't quite gotten their running game going, with 86.0 rushing yards per game, but Knowshon Moreno came on in a big way last week and should be a factor in this one.

Meet the Raiders

Oakland will be trying to get the run to work with Darren McFadden, in addition to possibly getting quarterback scrambles from Terrelle Pryor. McFadden managed 129 yards rushing off of 19 carries against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 2. Pryor ran the ball nine times for 50 yards.

It's unlikely the Raiders will find that success in the run game against Denver. Instead, Pryor will probably need to throw the ball. Denver has a poor passing defense, as they've allowed 344.0 passing yards over the first two games. However, Pryor has only thrown for 343 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions over his first two games. Needless to say, he'll have to do better than that to win on Monday.

Local Takes: Broncos

Scotty Payne of Mile High Report thinks that the Broncos will win if they force Pyror to throw the football:

For some reason the Broncos under Peyton Manning never start off fast. This was the case as well last season as well. Through the first two games the Broncos have scored 24 first half points. That averages out to be 12 points at halftime. The Broncos have scored 66 second half points through two games. That averages out to be 33 second half points a game. Imagine if they played a complete 60 minute game.

The Oakland Raiders are second In the NFL in rushing, and 29th in passing. If the Broncos can go up early, and force the Raiders to abandon their run game, and force Pryor to throw the ball, I like the Broncos chances.

Local Takes: Raiders

RDreamer from Silver and Black Pride thinks that the Raiders will be impressive ... and still lose by a wide margin:

The Raiders will fall behind early and they do not have a prolific passing attack that would help them catch up, nor do they have a defense dominant enough to keep the game from getting completely out of hand. We know the Raiders are an improved team, but this isn't the week they will get to show how good they actually are.

It's only a flesh wound.

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From the Week 3 picks:

The only question I have here is whether or not Peyton Manning can throw another seven touchdowns. I'd say John Fox should sit him in the second half, but there's not much risk of injury against the Raiders defense. But at least we'll get to hear Jon Gruden talk about Terrelle Pryor.

The pick: Denver


Denver is significantly favored over the Raiders. They opened favored by 15.5 points, but could be had for as high as 16 points, according to OddsShark.

Next Week

Denver will remain home to host the Philadelphia Eagles on Sept. 29. Oakland will return home to host the Washington Redskins on the same day.

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