DENVER BRONCOS WEEK FOURTEEN – Oakland at Denver, December 13, 2015

Oakland Raiders (5 – 7)

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Denver Broncos (10 – 2)

 

 Oakland at Denver

BACKGROUND

 

Denver Broncos practice

Just how good is Brock Osweiler? He wasn’t asked to do very much last week, it seems, except not lose the game. The offense seemed very buttoned down in the nice San Diego weather. Can we expect it to be unleashed against Oakland in the cold in Denver on Sunday? Will Osweiler have a chance to show he can win a game (as he did against the Patriots two weeks ago?

I don’t think so. I think we’ll see a pretty vanilla, don’t turn over the ball and put the defense in bad situations approach against the Raiders on Sunday. With all the injuries Denver has, that’s probably a good idea.

It’s likely going to be enough to win, too.

KEY MATCH UP

 

 

hillmanDenver, in its three week win streak, has run the ball very effectively. This is the match up that will determine the game: Denver’s run offense vs. Oakland’s run defense. Since its dreadful start on the ground, Denver has moved up to the middle of the pack and is 17th in rushing. To move from 30th to 17th in three weeks is very impressive and shows what they’ve been able to do on the ground with Osweiler under center. If Denver can run the ball effectively against Oakland’s 17th ranked rushing defense, Denver will win the game.

X-FACTOR

Denver injuries. They are the X-Factor. If the Broncos weren’t so beaten up right now, this is a game they should walk away with without breaking a sweat. As it stands, they may have to gut out a tough, division win.

PLAYER POS. INJURY GAME STATUS
C.J. Anderson RB Ankle QUESTIONABLE
Omar Bolden S Hamstring QUESTIONABLE
Peyton Manning QB Foot OUT
David Bruton Jr. S Knee QUESTIONABLE
Vernon Davis TE Concussion QUESTIONABLE
Ronnie Hillman RB Foot QUESTIONABLE
Danny Trevathan ILB Concussion OUT
T.J. Ward S Ankle OUT
Andre Caldwell WR Quadricep QUESTIONABLE
Evan Mathis G Ankle PROBABLE
Bennie Fowler WR Ankle QUESTIONABLE
Owen Daniels TE Knee PROBABLE
Michael Schofield T Ankle PROBABLE
Darian Stewart S Hamstring PROBABLE
Vance Walker DE Shoulder PROBABLE
DeMarcus Ware OLB Back PROBABLE
Sylvester Williams NT Ankle PROBABLE
Ryan Harris T Knee PROBABLE
Matt Paradis C Ankle PROBABLE
Emmanuel Sanders WR Ankle/Finger PROBABLE
Louis Vasquez G Groin PROBABLE
Shane Ray LB Illness PROBABLE

PREDICTION

Ware SackMuch like last week when they were faced with inferior competition, the Broncos should beat the Raiders. They are very much in the driver’s seat in regards to playoff seeding, they are confident after three wins in a row, and they believe they are a dominant team on defense that does enough on offense to be in the AFC Super Bowl conversation. It may not be pretty, but the Broncos should win.

Oakland Raiders 10

Denver Broncos 23 

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