Preview: Raiders Host Broncos in Season Opener

Kirk Kern
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Now that they have a resolution on Antonio Brown, the Raiders focus solely on their 2019 season opener on Monday Night Football against the Broncos.

OK, now that that’s all over, it’s time to play some football.

The Oakland Raiders will open the season at home Monday night against the Denver Broncos – both teams coming off disappointing seasons and hoping to start the new season off on the right foot.

Despite all the recent Antonio Brown drama, the Raiders will come in with a revamped offensive line and a new running back in hopes of getting untracked.

Josh Jacobs was drafted in the first round to help stabilize the running game after the departure of Marshawn Lynch, who played in only six games last season and rushed for only 376 yards with three touchdowns.

The Raiders had three first-round picks this season and all three will play. The other two are defensive end Clelin Ferrell and free safety Johnathan Abram.

The Broncos come in with a new coach, new coordinators and a new quarterback. New coach head coach Vic Fangio comes over after leading the Chicago Bears defense. He brought Ed Donatelli from Chicago as his defensive coordinator and Rich Scangarello from the San Francisco 49ers.

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Can veteran QB Joe Flacco bring stability to Denver?

Joe Flacco brings his Super Bowl-winning pedigree from Baltimore at quarterback. He has an outstanding pair of second-year running backs in Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman behind him with Emmanuel Sanders and Courtland Sutton at wide receiver.

The Broncos defense is led by linebackers Von Miller and Bradley Chubb

On the injury front, guard Gabe Jackson (knee) did not participate in practice for the Raiders on either Thursday or Friday and defensive tackle Corey Liuget (knee), linebacker Nicholas Morrow (ankle) and wide receiver J.J. Nelson (ankle) were both limited in practice.

For the Broncos, inside linebackers Todd Davis (calf) and Joseph Jones (tricep), along with fullback Andy Janovich (pectoral), didn’t participate in practice Thursday or Friday while defensive backs Bryce Callahan (foot) and Trey Marshall (neck) were both limited.

Game time is 7:20 p.m. on Monday. The Raiders opened as a 3-point favorite but that number has been bet down to 1.5 points. The total has remained the same at 43 points.