Raiders vs. Broncos: Oakland Players Who Can Slow Down Peyton Manning

It is a safe bet that Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is going to do plenty of damage to the Oakland Raiders on Monday Night Football at 8:40 p.m. ET.

All the Raiders can hope to do is slow Manning down.

While all might seem lost for Oakland's defense, there are a number of players who may be able to execute this to an extent worth noting. Three in particular—defensive end Lamarr Houston and cornerbacks Mike Jenkins and rookie D.J. Hayden—have a shot at doing just that.

Aside from veteran safety Charles Woodson, the Raiders do not typically boast a well-known defense.  Oakland's 2013 first-round draft pick Hayden may be the only other worthy player of note. Yet even he does not receive the accolades often given to other players around the league.

Yet these three may receive a shot at showcasing their talents against Manning and the Broncos, even if predictions state that it will be in a losing effort


Lamarr Houston

Slowing down an elite quarterback begins with generating a pass rush.

Houston may be the best option for Oakland in this regard. 

While Manning has been sacked only three times thus far, Houston will hope to increase that number tonight. He already has a sack in the Raiders' first two games thus far, and his ability to rush the passer will potentially force Manning to move out of the pocket.

According to Pro Football Focus (subscription required), Houston finished 2012 with a 16.5 overall rating and as the No. 9 defensive end out of 62 eligible players. Gil Alcarez of Rant Sports feels that Houston is Oakland's best player overall.

Still, most NFL fans know little about the former Raiders' second-round pick of the 2010 draft.

Granted, forcing sacks against one of the best offensive lines will be a tough challenge for Houston and Oakland's d...

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