The Oakland Raiders are leading the NFL with 198 yards rushing yards per game this season. In order to pull off a monumental upset against the hated Denver Broncos on Monday night, they must dominate in the running game. You can throw out last season’s matchups between these two teams as the Raiders are a whole new team.
Terrelle Pryor adds a new dynamic to the Raiders offense. Not only can Pryor throw the ball on the run but if he takes off with the ball he is the fastest player on the field. Last week we got our first glance at how lethal the TP2-DMC tandem can be. Hopefully, Darren McFadden can keep last week’s momentum going against the Broncos.
Even when Pryor throws the ball, he must complete short passes to Marcel Reece and Jacoby Ford so the clock keeps running.
If the Raiders can continually run the ball on Monday, they will tire out the Broncos defense in the later parts of the game. Imagine a gassed Broncos team trying to chase Pryor from behind.
Although the Raiders defense has looked incredible so far, they have not faced a team as talented as the Broncos. Peyton Manning looks better than ever and he is armed with the best receiving core in his career. The Raiders best defense against the Broncos will be their offense. Running the ball 50+ times will kill the play clock which will keep Manning off the field.
The Raiders defensive line has played remarkably well but we all saw how bad they looked in the preseason with the second stringers playing. Denver’s altitude will force the Raiders to use more players on defense to stop the Broncos offense. We will have no chance stopping Peyton Manning if Stacy McGee and Ryan Robinson are trying to create a pass rush. With the recent injury to Tyvon Branch the Raiders will also lack depth in the secondary.
I believe this Raiders team is able to shock the sports world on Monday night in Denver. However, it is up to TP2 and DMC to have career games in order for that to happen.