The Raiders travel to Denver to grapple with the stacked Broncos defense and attempt to avoid starting the 2018 campaign 0-2.
Well, that didn’t take long.
One week into the season and the Raiders already sit in last place in the AFC West after a 33-13 loss to the Rams.
At least they have some company as the Los Angeles Chargers fell at home to the Chiefs, 38-28. Since that was a divisional game as well, I guess you could say the Raiders are technically ahead of the Chargers by the tiebreaker.
But that edge in tiebreaker might not mean much as the Raiders travel to Denver this week in a divisional matchup. The Broncos edged Seattle last week, 27-24, at home.
The Broncos unveiled new starting quarterback Case Keenum against the Seahawks, and his performance was a little uneven. He threw for 329 yards and three touchdowns but also had three interceptions.
Rookie running back Phillip Lindsay didn’t start but managed to lead the team in rushing with 71 yards on 15 carries and added 31 yards on two receptions. Rookie running back Royce Freeman did start and he also rushed for 71 yards on 15 carries.
Emmanuel Sanders had a big day receiving with 135 yards on 10 catches, including a touchdown. The Broncos put up 27 points on a good Seahawks defense, so the Raiders defense will have another big challenge.
Bruce Irvin will again have to put pressure on the quarterback for the Raiders to have a chance. Oakland gave up 373 total yards against the high-powered Rams and it’s not going to get much easier against Denver, which put up 475 yards against Seattle.
Offensively, the Raiders are going to need a lot more out of quarterback Derek Carr, who passed for 303 yards, but threw three interceptions. He did connect with tight end Jared Cook nine times for 180 yards, however.
The offense goes into the week a little banged up with Marshawn Lynch, DeAndre Washington, Brandon LaFell and Dwayne Harris each listed as questionable as of Wednesday.
The Broncos showed no players on the injured list.
The game opened with the Broncos as a 4.5 point favorite but has since been bet up to 6 points. The total opened at 45.5 points and has gone up by half a point to 46.
Game time is 1:25 p.m. for the game, which will be played at Mile High Stadium in Denver.