Final Score: Denver Broncos - 42 oakland raiders - 13
Peyton Manning will feast on oaklands patchwork secondary who is giving up 266 yards per game. Look for Peyton to throw for 400+ yards and 4 touchdowns.
The cap saving Shawntae Spencer - Ron Bartell experiment is a unmitigated failure. Neither are starting this week and as a quick fix, they moved free saftey Michael Huff to corner (a position he hasn't played since his sophmore year in college) his inaugural performance was labeled “spectacularly bad”.
Vaunted duo of Richard Seymour & Tommy Kelly whose contracts total close to $90 million dollars have a combined ONE sack. The defense has a total of three or the same number as Von Miller. In another quick fix move they signed Andre Carter off the couch to help their anemic pass rush.
Darren McFragile aka Run E.M.T. has a paultry 3.8 yards per carry. Take away that one run of 64 yards against a decimated Steelers defense and it drops to 3.0. Broncos defense who just faced Arian Foster and Michael Turner are only giving up 3.3 yards per carry 91.0 yards per game.
The 2011 AFC West leading rusher Willis McGahee is on pace for another 1200+ yard season with 10+ touchdowns and is averaging 4.3 yards per carry. While oaklands defense is giving up 4.2 per carry 116 + yards per game.
Leading receiver is a nondescript tight end named Brandon Myers not one of the oft-injured track stars that can't stay on the field. Myers stats would only rank him third on the Broncos behind the AFC West's best receiving tandem of Eric Decker & Demaryius Thomas.
After facing two of the arguably best teams in the league oakland will be a welcomed opponent on Sunday. Yes it's a rivalry game and yes Dennis Allen is looking to make a statement against his former employer...but as Sean Connery's character in the 'Untouchables' said (paraphrasing) "You don't bring a knife (or a D-Cell battery) to a gunfight