OAKLAND, Calif. - The Denver Broncos are riding high as they take their seven-game winning streak to the "Black Hole" to face the Oakland Raiders. Here are five things to watch for in Thursday night's game.
1. Broncos and Raiders renew rivalry - This is the 104th meeting between the bitter rivals. The Raiders hold a 43-59-2 all-time record over the Broncos, including a 21-31 advantage at home. Denver's longest winning streak over the Raiders is seven games. With a win, the Broncos would have consecutive wins in Oakland for the first time since 2008-09.
2. Another possible record-setting day for Peyton Manning - Peyton Manning could be set for a huge game against the Raiders 28th ranked pass defense. Oakland allows 387 passing yards per game. If Manning can pass for 300 yards it will be for his 70th time in his career and seventh of the season, just one behind Jay Cutler's eighth of the season, set in 2008. Also, with 14 completions, Manning would become the second player in NFL history to have 5,000 for his career.
3. Von Miller has more sacks than the Raiders defense - Broncos linebacker Von Miller has 15 sacks on the season, which is good for third in the NFL. It's also one more than what the entire Raiders defense has. The Raiders have 14 sacks on the season and are led by defensive end Matt Shaughnessy's 3.5 sacks. Three Broncos have more sacks than Shaughnessy. Miller is also two sacks away from tying Elvis Dumervil for the team record in sacks set back in 2009.
4. Broncos late season struggles - As the Broncos go into the homestretch of the regular season, they enter into a part of the season that has generally been unkind to them. Since 2006, the Broncos are a dreadful 9-20 in regular season games played in December and January. The last time the Broncos had a winning record in the month of December was in 2005 when they went 4-1 and advanced to the AFC Championship.
5. Injury watch - The short week didn’t benefit the Broncos on the injury front. Linebacker Wesley Woodyard is out with an ankle injury and could be replaced by D.J. Williams. Starting guard Chris Kuper has been downgraded to questionable and wide receiver Brandon Stokley is questionable with a hip injury.