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Raiders at Broncos
Dec. 28
1:25 p.m. (Pacific)
TV: CBS



THE SKINNY:
Denver (11-4) can clinch the No. 2 seed in the AFC playoffs and a first-round bye with a win over Oakland (3-12). The Raiders face a daunting task of ending their 10-game road losing streak against a Broncos team that is 7-0 this season at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Oakland is 2-21 the past 23 road games. The Raiders lost their last two away games by a combined 83-13 score. The Broncos are 2-4 against the Raiders the past six meetings in Denver. The Raiders have not won consecutive games since weeks 7 & 8 of the 2012 season.

LAST WEEK:
The Raiders beat the visiting Buffalo Bills 26-24; the Broncos lost to the host Cincinnati Bengals 37-28.

KEY MATCHUPS:
QB Peyton Manning vs. Raiders pass defense — Manning is coming off a season-high four interception performance in a Week 16 loss at Cincinnati. He leads the NFL with 39 TD passes this season and his 102.9 passer rating and 4,454 passing yards both rank fourth in the league. Oakland is 14th against the pass, allowing 233.4 yards per game.

QB Derek Carr vs. Broncos pass defense — Carr has thrown for 3,112 yards and 20 touchdowns with 11 interceptions in his NFL rookie season. The Broncos are 12th against the pass, allowing 231.7 yards per game.

LB Von Miller and DE DeMarcus Ware vs. Raiders O-line — Miller (13 sacks) and Ware (10) have combined for 23 of the Broncos' 38 sacks. Oakland has allowed 25 sacks, tied for sixth fewest allowed in the league.

WR Demaryius Thomas vs. Raiders pass defense — Thomas ranks third in the NFL in catches (103) and receiving yards (1,504) to go along with 11 TD catches.

Raiders rush offense vs. Broncos run defense — The Broncos are second against the run, allowing 80.6 yards per game. Oakland had 140 rushing yards on a season-high 36 attempts against Buffalo in Week 16.

STATS OF THE WEEK:
Denver has won its last six games against Oakland by a combined 211-95 score.


Peyton Manning has won his last eight starts against the Raiders, including five as a member of the Broncos.
The Raiders are 0-7 on the road this season for the first time since 2006 when they dropped all eight away games.
With an interception against Buffalo in Week 16, the Raiders' Charles Woodson became the 11th player in league history with 60 career interceptions.
With 115 receiving yards in a Week 16 loss at Cincinnati, Denver's Demaryius Thomas joined Marvin Harrison and Jerry Rice as the only players with three straight seasons of 1,400 receiving yards and 10 TD catches.

LAST MEETING:
Peyton Manning throws for five TDS and 340 yards to lead Denver to a 41-17 victory over host Oakland on Nov. 9, 2014. The Broncos score touchdowns on five straight possessions after the Raiders take a 10-6 lead early in the second quarter.

RIVALRY REWIND:
Darren McFadden scores four touchdowns as visiting Oakland sets a single-game franchise record for points in a 59-14 pummeling of arch rival Denver on Oct. 24, 2010.

RECENT HISTORY:
The Broncos have won six straight games over the Raiders after Oakland was victorious the previous four. The Raiders are 4-2 against the Broncos the past six games at Sports Authoirty Field at Mile High The Raiders lead the series 60-48-2, including 1-1 postseason.

DID YOU KNOW?:
The Raiders' Derek Carr has thrown the fewest interceptions (11) of any rookie in NFL history with at least 500 attempts.


Broncos coach John Fox was Oakland defensive coordinator 1994 & 1995.

OPENING LINE:
Broncos by 14.5

Updated: 12-23-2014

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