Raiders prepare for AFC West showdown against Broncos
DENVER (6-2) at OAKLAND (6-2)
Sunday, 8:30 p.m. ET, NBC
OPENING LINE – Broncos by 1
RECORD VS. SPREAD – Denver 6-2, Oakland 5-3
SERIES RECORD – Raiders lead 61-50-2
LAST MEETING – Raiders beat Broncos 15-12, Dec. 13, 2015
LAST WEEK – Broncos beat Chargers 27-19; Raiders beat Buccaneers 30-24, OT
AP PRO32 RANKING – Broncos No. 3, Raiders No. 7
BRONCOS OFFENSE – OVERALL (27), RUSH (20), PASS (27).
BRONCOS DEFENSE – OVERALL (3), RUSH (24), PASS (1).
RAIDERS OFFENSE – OVERALL (5), RUSH (8), PASS (4).
RAIDERS DEFENSE – OVERALL (31), RUSH (28), PASS (27T).
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES – Raiders snapped eight-game skid in series with win at Denver last season. … This marks first time since 1998 that both teams entered meeting at least four games over .500. … Broncos QB Trevor Siemian has six TD passes, no INTs and 104 rating in three road starts. … Denver leads NFL with 16 takeaways; Broncos won 27 straight when winning turnover battle. … Denver allowed NFL-low 16 completions of at least 20 yards; Raiders rank sixth with 30 big pass plays. … Denver allowed league-worst 31 points on opponent's opening drive; just 105 rest of game. … Broncos LB Von Miller second in NFL with 8 1/2 sacks; Oakland's allowed league-low nine all year. … WR Demaryius Thomas needs two catches to become fourth Bronco with 500 career receptions. … Raiders off to best start since 2001, 5-0 on road; 1-2 at home. … Raiders LB Khalil Mack had five sacks in win vs. Broncos last December. … Oakland QB Derek Carr became third player with at least 500 yards passing, four TDs, no INTs last week in Tampa Bay. Y.A. Tittle and Ben Roethlisberger are others. … Oakland committed NFL-record 23 penalties last week and is on pace for record 172 this season. … Raiders WR Michael Crabtree tied for league lead with six TD catches. … Fantasy Tip: Oakland WR Amari Cooper coming off career highs with 12 catches, 173 yards last week. He has 32 receptions for 469 yards last four weeks.
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