Monday, September 16, 2013

Raiders vs. Broncos

All Raider fans hate the Broncos, that's a given. One thing is certain for Sunday's game at Mile High Stadium is this: we must sustain drives, we must convert red-zone opportunities into 6 points not 3; and we need to keep #18 on the sidelines.

The way you keep Peyton Manning on the sidelines is with a heavy dose of McFadden and Pryor, running the football.

Two weeks into the 2013-14 NFL season, the Raiders are the number one rushing team, averaging 198.5 yards per game. On the flip side, Denver has the number one defense against the run. The stat is misleading because Manning controls the clock and has the ability to keep his opponents offense grounded by dominating time of possession. Sustaining drives allows the Bronco defense to get valuable rest.

Sunday's game is reminiscent of last year's contest against the high-flying, (at the time) undefeated Falcons in the Georgia Dome. The Raiders played their best defensive game of the season, picking off 'Matty Ice' three times in the first half. Unfortunately, due to a pick-6 thrown late in the game, the Raiders came up on the short end and lost 23-20.

Ball control is the name of the game if we're to have any chance against Eli Manning's older brother.

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