Broncos vs. Raiders: Breaking Down Oakland’s Game Plan

It might be easier fixing the national budget than it is trying to figure out how to stop the Denver Broncos, even when there is little on the line. With home-field advantage throughout the playoffs at stake for Peyton Manning and friends, however, the Oakland Raiders are faced with a monumental task in their Week 17 matchup.

The Broncos can wrap up the No. 1 seed in the AFC by completing a season sweep of their division rivals for the second consecutive year, while the Raiders are simply trying to get to the finish line and into the next phase of their rebuilding mode, whatever that may be.

It might be the swan song in Oakland for running back Darren McFadden as well. He will become a free agent in the offseason and will almost assuredly be playing elsewhere next year.

A win might also take some of the heat off Raiders coach Dennis Allen, whose job could be on the line if the game plays out otherwise.

Here are four things the Raiders can do to put themselves in position to beat the Broncos.


Give Pryor time to operate

For the past six weeks, Oakland’s offensive line has had the comfort of knowing Matt McGloin’s quick release and decisive throws would make it difficult on opponents to mount much of a pass rush. With Terrelle Pryor back under center, expect things to change.

Without question, Pryor’s greatest asset is his mobility, and he used that effectively to his advantage in the majority of his previous eight starts this season. It keeps defenses guessing and enables Pryor to keep plays alive that might normally end in a sack.

With that being said, if the Raiders are to have any shot at upsetting the Broncos they’re going to have to chuck the ball downfield through the air. Pryor has had varying levels of success with the deep ball this season, yet it’s critical to take a few shots early to loosen up Denver’s ...

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