The Raiders and Broncos are one of the NFL’s most storied rivalries, and they played two really excellent games against each other in the 2016 season. Denver has mostly held the young phenom Derek Carr in check. In five career games he has a 2-3 record with 58.24% completions, 184 yards per game, six touchdowns, four interceptions and a 73.5 QB rating, well below his career rating of 88.6.
Both teams have had their ups and downs this season. Each started with two impressive victories before losing by double digits in games most people thought they were the favorites. The Broncos’ offense has been electric after a season in which the group mostly held them back. The Raiders’ defense has mostly been better than advertised as well. The two games last year were low scoring and close. I can’t guarantee a high scoring affair, but this game will definitely come down to one possession.