Raiders vs. Broncos NFL Week 14 Preview

By Josh Walfish
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The Oakland Raiders don’t deserve to be playing in primetime, but that’s exactly what’s happening on Thursday night. They play host to the AFC West champions, the Denver Broncos, in what is sure to be an ugly game for the Silver and Black. We go through the formalities and break this matchup down by the positions to see who’s got the edge.

Quarterback: Any time Peyton Manning is involved there’s a good chance he’s the best quarterback in the game. Carson Palmer has been good, but not amazing this season. Advantage: Denver

Running Back: The Raiders don’t have a starting running back and the Broncos have two. Oakland can’t get any production out of the backfield, but Denver gets some good thing from its backfield.  Advantage: Denver

Wide Receiver and Tight End: All the Oakland receivers not named Brandon Myers have done is underperform. Meanwhile, Manning has a plethora of targets to choose from. Advantage: Denver

Offensive Line: One team can run the ball and protect the quarterback.  The other team is the Raiders. Advantage: Denver

Defensive Line: Is there any team out there that can inject some life into this Oakland front four? Denver’s defensive line has been solid this season. Advantage: Denver

Linebackers: The Broncos have Von Miller and Wesley Woodyard, while the Raiders have Philip Wheeler and Miles Burris. One of these pairs has been great this season, the other has been average at best.  Advantage: Denver

Secondary: I’m not going to insult Denver’s secondary by comparing it to Oakland’s.  Heck, it may be an insult to put the two of them in the same sentence. Advantage: Denver

Specialists: There is no doubt Sebastian Janikowski is one of the premier kickers in this league and although Matt Prater is good in the clutch, he’s missed five kicks this season. Advantage: Oakland

Coach: It’s entirely possible Dennis Allen has lost this team, so how is he a good coach? On the other sideline John Fox is quietly having an excellent season. Advantage: Denver

Oakland’s goal for this week should be to keep the game respectable

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