Because this is my third analysis of a Broncos-Raiders matchup I want to avoid redundancy. Denver fans know what the outcome will be; even Oakland fans know what the outcome will be. Readers can’t deny the success of the Denver Broncos this season with Peyton Manning having nine touchdown passes in two games in addition to a defense that has succeeded past expectations with Champ Bailey and Von Miller being out. However this is still a heated divisional rivalry against a top rated pass-rush and rushing attack.
Bad news first:
The Oakland Raiders have a brand new defense. With nine new starters they are currently ranked fourth in the league including a total of nine sacks, which is second in the league. They are prioritizing the blitz and a variety of players are able to rush the passer. Granted, this is due in part to playing the Indianapolis Colts and Jacksonville Jaguars who have offensive lines that are ranked 25th and last in the league respectively.
The Denver Broncos currently have the sixth-ranked offensive line in the league, however a huge factor of that success is due to Ryan Clady, who unfortunately will be out for the rest of the season. Chris Clark will be taking over at Clady’s left tackle position.
This may be a weakness for the Broncos this week considering Clady was a leader and captain for the Broncos. Wes Welker has stepped in to that role and hopefully will continue to motivate. Clark will have a lot of pressure on him this week so watch to see how this changes the Broncos’ o-line.
It goes without saying that the Denver Broncos are a serious threat this season with Peyton Manning and a plethora of receiving options. They are averaging 45 points per game and have limited opponents to 25 points. The company will return to Denver this week, heightening fans’ enthusiasm and giving the Broncos an advantage.
Champ Bailey has practiced this week and should hopefully be back, which will allow the Denver defense to play more man-to-man and limit the second-ranked rushing team in the league. This is specific to controlling Darren McFadden (like usual) who has had 177 yards and one touchdown so far this season
The Denver Broncos are the second power ranked team in the league while the Raiders are a lowly 29th. It may be due to self serving bias but it should be proven Monday that the success of the Raiders pass-rush has been a fluke because of the excellent defense reading skills that Manning has. He will be able to recognize the Raiders’ blitz and adjust accordingly.
Denver Broncos 38 – Oakland Raiders 17