Here are the matchups to look for as the Denver Broncos take on the Oakland Raiders.
Peyton Manning threw for his league-record 51st touchdown pass against the Houston Texans last week. If Manning passes for 266 yards, then he would break the single-season passing record set by Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints.
The Raiders Pat Sims recorded 15 tackles last week against the San Diego Chargers. That’s unheard of from the defensive tackle position. The Broncos Louis Vazquez will have the tough assignment of blocking Sims.
The Raiders don’t have too many passing threats, but when they go through the air, they look for Rod Streater. Streater leads the Raiders with 848 receiving yards.
With the loss of Von Miller for the season, the Broncos will rely heavily on Terrance Knighton to disrupt the Raiders running attack. Rashad Jennings hasn’t rushed for 100 yards in the last four games.
The Broncos will have to keep an eye on Terrelle Pryor who is a threat in the running and passing game. Shaun Phillips leads the Broncos with 10 sacks on the season.