Raiders could be without leading receiver for Broncos game

  • Raiders could be without leading receiver for Broncos game

Raiders could be without leading receiver for Broncos game

The Oakland Raiders opened the 2017 National Football League season as one of the favorites to go all the way to the Super Bowl in the AFC, behind the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers.

Not to mention, Derek Carr exited the game with a back injury, hurting Oakland's chances at winning the game. Losing Crabtree could hinder the offense, but they are too good to be ruled out of any game. The Broncos are 8-3-2 ATS in their last 13 home games, 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games in October and 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. AFC.

The Broncos run defense has stifled one elite runner after another during the first month of the season.

Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian completed 16 of 26 passes for 179 yards, one touchdown and a 94.9 passer rating. While Siemian was not spectacular against Oakland, he did a good job of protecting the ball. Oakland had failed to convert on 16 straight third downs before that.

The Giants are next on the Broncos' schedule, on October 15 after a Denver bye, and the Giants' running backs should dread the thought already. Just like it did against Dallas, expect the Broncos' defense to be fired up for this game against their division rival.

This year, the only way to beat the Broncos is by being one-dimensional on offense. And though we could, on New Year's Eve, look back on this period as merely a bad blip, it also could be far more significant than that. Charles, appearing much like the explosive back he was before multiple knee surgeries, finished with five carries for 33 yards. Last week's ugly loss in Washington exposed some real issues this team has - but had been able to pretty effectively mask through the first two games of the season.

Oakland Raiders quarterback EJ Manuel (3) throws a pass against the Los Angeles Rams in the third quarter at Oakland Coliseum.

Almost every member of the Raiders sat during the national anthem at their game last week.

The past two seasons, in which Denver has found tremendous success against the pass, they've primarily been a man-coverage team. But Denver safety Justin Simmons leapt higher than Cooper and intercepted the ball.

With the Broncos' drive starting just 31 yards from a touchdown, C.J. Anderson on the first play slashed for 12 yards.

On 4th and 11 the Raiders attempted a fake punt, which the Broncos stopped. They had their 10-point lead and punter Riley Dixon pinned the Raiders back on their own one-yard line. At least it wasn't during a Denver Broncos' three-play sequence in the third quarter. Rushing for 24 total yards on the day for an abysmal 1.6 yards per rush, the Raiders had no other choice but to attack Denver's secondary.