Week 2 is fast approaching and with it comes a grudge match that’s been going strong for decades. The Denver Broncos are facing off against the Raiders on Sunday at 2:25 pm. The Broncos are coming off a close game in week one when they beat the Seahawks 27-24. Oakland is coming off a loss on Monday night against the Rams in which they lost 13-33. Last year they split games with each team winning their home game against the other. The Raiders and Broncos are different teams then they were even a year ago. In an all-time head to head record, Denver leads the series 63-52-2. The last time these teams met was last November and the Broncos lost to the Raiders 21-14 in Oakland.
Denver has improved in every facet of the game by adding key players through free agency and the draft. Oakland is under a new head coach this year. Coach Jon Gruden has made his return to the silver and black after about ten years of being in the broadcasting booth. In last weeks games, the Broncos looked to be slightly rusty on offense despite putting points on the board. Von Miller showed why he is the best defensive player in the NFL right now. On the flip side, the Raiders looked bad even though they have an offense that features the likes of Derek Carr, Marshawn Lynch, and Jordy Nelson. The offense struggled to move the ball besides tight end Jared Cook who got most of the balls his way. Their defense looked flat since they were missing Khalil Mack who now resides in Chicago.
This Sunday look for the Broncos to continue to build off of last weeks win and go to 2-0 at home. With a real game under their belt, the starting offense should start clicking better in week 2. Look for rookies Royce Freeman and Phillip Lindsay continue to make plays in the run game even though Devontae Booker is listed at number 2 on the depth chart for this game. Case Keenum should have no problem against a lackluster Raiders defense that allowed 33 points to the Rams last week. Von Miller and the rest of the Denver defense are going to be hungry to pile on the sacks. The secondary needs to keep a watch on players such as Jordy Nelson and Jared Cook who can easily make plays.
A big factor that will lead to the Broncos being successful this week will be that they are playing at home. This is a heated rivalry as any fan knows and the team will be hungry for another win. The Broncos should do great and pull through to go 2-0. If I had to predict, I’d say this game will be in favor of Denver 21-10. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:25 pm MT at Broncos Stadium in Denver Co.
Until next time, keep calm and Bronco On!