|Last 3 Games||3-0||+3||1-1||2-1||26.0||10.3||362.3||(5.6)||1.3||18.3||7.7||282.3||(4.7)||1.7|
|Offense (All Games)||29.1||9.7||22.3||29:27||27-103||(3.9)||25-37||67.9%||284||(7.6)||64-388||(6)||(13.3)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||23||11||19.7||30:33||26-111||(4.3)||22-35||62.3%||242||(6.9)||61-353||(5.8)||(15.3)|
|Offense Road Games||26.8||8.0||20.5||27:33||23-79||(3.4)||26-37||70.1%||286||(7.8)||60-365||(6.1)||(13.6)|
|Defense (All Games)||20.3||11.5||19.4||30:33||27-96||(3.6)||21-36||58.1%||212||(5.8)||63-308||(4.9)||(15.2)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||24.2||13.1||20.7||31:05||27-111||(4.1)||22-36||62.6%||249||(6.9)||63-360||(5.7)||(14.9)|
|Defense Road Games||21.3||12.8||22.3||32:27||31-116||(3.8)||22-35||62.3%||201||(5.7)||66-318||(4.8)||(14.9)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.7||1.1||1.8||-0.2||13-6||43.6%||0-0||60.0%||2-49||(23.5)||3-34||(10.9)||6-51|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.9||0.8||1.7||2||13-5||38.6%||1-0||47.9%||3-65||(23.3)||21-2||(9.8)||6-50|
|Stats For (Road Games)||1.2||1.3||2.5||-0.7||12-5||43.2%||0-0||66.7%||3-72||(25.4)||2-25||(10)||7-54|
|Stats Against (All Games)||1.2||0.4||1.6|| ||14-5||32.9%||1-0||46.2%||2-37||(21.1)||2-10||(5.1)||8-58|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||0.9||0.6||1.5|| ||13-5||40.4%||1-0||49.0%||3-59||(23.3)||19-2||(8.8)||6-50|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||1.3||0.5||1.8|| ||14-5||35.3%||0-0||33.3%||3-67||(22.3)||2-9||(3.9)||7-62|
|Last 3 Games||0-3||-3||0-2||0-3||14.7||3.3||350.3||(5.4)||1.7||30.7||18.3||424.0||(6.8)||0.7|
|Offense (All Games)||19.6||8.2||19.7||29:20||22-83||(3.8)||25-42||60.6%||279||(6.6)||64-362||(5.6)||(18.5)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||22.6||11.4||20.4||31:47||27-114||(4.1)||22-36||61.5%||242||(6.8)||63-356||(5.6)||(15.8)|
|Offense Home Games||23.3||7.7||22.7||29:20||20-77||(3.8)||30-47||63.1%||298||(6.3)||67-375||(5.6)||(16.1)|
|Defense (All Games)||31.3||13.6||19.7||30:51||28-131||(4.7)||23-34||66.0%||257||(7.5)||62-387||(6.2)||(12.4)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||22.8||11.5||19.4||30:53||26-104||(4)||22-36||61.4%||240||(6.8)||61-344||(5.6)||(15.1)|
|Defense Home Games||29.3||13.7||19.0||31:01||26-115||(4.4)||23-35||67.8%||263||(7.6)||61-379||(6.2)||(12.9)|
|Stats For (All Games)||1.1||0.7||1.7||-0.5||14-5||33.9%||1-0||28.6%||3-68||(22.6)||2-12||(5.6)||6-54|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.9||0.6||1.6||1.9||14-5||37.9%||1-0||54.7%||3-61||(23.9)||21-2||(9.4)||7-54|
|Stats For (Home Games)||1.3||0.5||1.8||-0.8||14-6||41.9%||1-0||37.5%||3-73||(22.9)||2-4||(2.6)||7-50|
|Stats Against (All Games)||0.7||0.6||1.2|| ||13-6||41.9%||1-1||70.0%||2-52||(27)||3-33||(10.4)||6-57|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1||0.7||1.7|| ||13-5||37.9%||1-0||50.0%||3-64||(24.8)||22-2||(9.5)||6-53|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||0.3||0.7||1.0|| ||13-5||36.8%||1-1||66.7%||3-63||(23.6)||2-24||(11.2)||9-83|
|Average power rating of opponents played: DENVER 21, OAKLAND 20.2|
|10/7/2012||@ NEW ENGLAND||21-31||L||6||L||50.5||O||20-70||31-44-332||3||54-251||23-31-193||1|
|10/15/2012||@ SAN DIEGO||35-24||W||0||W||48||O||22-57||24-30-309||3||27-90||25-41-218||6|
|11/25/2012||@ KANSAS CITY||17-9||W||-10.5||L||41.5||U||24-95||22-37-273||1||31-148||13-26-116||1|
|12/6/2012||@ OAKLAND|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/16/2012||@ BALTIMORE|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/23/2012||CLEVELAND|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/30/2012||KANSAS CITY|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|10/28/2012||@ KANSAS CITY||26-16||W||1||W||41||O||34-135||14-28-209||1||22-102||22-34-197||4|
|12/6/2012||DENVER|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/16/2012||KANSAS CITY|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/23/2012||@ CAROLINA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/30/2012||@ SAN DIEGO|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|DENVER: This entire offense will obviously be revamped going from Tim Tebow to Peyton Manning. Before they scrapped the entire playbook to run Tebow's zone-spread stuff, they were reinstalling a more traditional zone-blocking scheme under o-line coach Dave Magazu (they had moved to more of a man scheme under Josh McDaniels' regime). Willis McGahee will have an adjustment to make again; he benefitted from the threat of Tebow last year, but was mediocre in traditional sets and put the ball on the ground far too much. Rookie Ronnie Hillman could push him on early downs and also see a good portion of the reps on third down. This offense is basically being handed over to Peyton Manning. Manning's offense is all about feel; it's a lot of option routes and adjustments at the line of scrimmage. Demaryius Thomas is his most gifted receiver, but he'll have a major adjustment to make after playing in a run-heavy, triple-option offense in college, then Tebow's zone-read in his first significant NFL action. Eric Decker, who has experience in pro style offenses, should be able to pick this up more quickly. The Broncos figure to use two tight ends often, with Joel Dreessen blocking while Jacob Tamme plays more H-back and occasional slot as a receiver. The Broncos' first option will be to throw it in the red zone. During his time with the Colts, Manning would go to the line with a passing play and audible to a run only if needed. John Fox certainly made his mark felt on the defense in his first year as Denver's head coach. The Broncos D will benefit from Peyton Manning leading longer drives on offense in 2012. The healthy return of Elvis Dumervil to partner with Von Miller forms a potent pass-rushing LB tandem. After missing 2010 with a torn pectoral muscle, Dumervil took a while to adjust to Denver's new 4-3 scheme. He had all 9.5 of his sacks in November/December, showing he's very capable of returning to his 2009 form. Miller isn't consistent against the run, but he is a 15-sack threat. He struggled late last year, with just two total tackles and zero sacks over the final three weeks, but that can likely be chalked up to him hitting the rookie wall. |
|OAKLAND: After switching back to a power-blocking scheme last year, the Raiders are going back to the zone-blocking scheme they used with success in the Tom Cable years'they still have the line to do it. Darren McFadden was better in last year's power-blocking scheme, but he's had success in the one-cut system. Considering his injury history they weren't about to build around him though. His back-ups, Mike Goodson and Taiwan Jones, are both one-cut runners. They'll likely ride McFadden as a three-down back until he gets hurt again. The Raiders were the NFL's most run-heavy red zone offense a year ago, and it figures to stay that way. Offensive coordinator Greg Knapp prefers a catch-and-run West Coast passing game to the vertical attack the Raiders ran during the Al Davis years. Considering his fading arm strength, quarterback Carson Palmer should benefit. Palmer will be asked to do a little more in terms of throwing on the move and ball-handling on play-action. His receivers, however, don't really fit the West Coast mold'Darrius Heyward-Bey, Denarius Moore and Jacoby Ford are all primarily deep threats. It could open up opportunities for the tight ends, though Brandon Myers isn't much of an option. In the end, there could be a ton of passes going to McFadden. When the Raiders throw off play-action near the goal line, Heyward-Bey and Moore figure to be the most common targets. The Raiders were woeful on defense in 2011, ranking 27th in the NFL in both passing defense and rushing defense, and allowing the fourth-most points in the league. They should benefit from the return of DE Matt Shaughnessy, whose 2011 season was cut very short by a shoulder injury. With a quick first step and long arms that allow him to fight off blocks, he'll not only produce from the starting RDE spot in 2012, but he'll draw attention away from Richard Seymour'the veteran lineman totaled just one sack over his final 11 games of 2011 without Shaughnessy on the field. Former No. 8 overall pick Rolando McClain will be Oakland's starting middle linebacker in new head coach Dennis Allen's defense, but that's only if he avoids suspension and jail time'McClain is appealing a 180-day jail sentence he received in May after being found guilty on assault charges. About the only good thing that can be said about that secondary is that safety Tyvon Branch is a solid run-stopper'the Raiders are severely lacking in talent when it comes to pass coverage. |
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO FOOTBALL PREVIEW (DENVER-OAKLAND) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(Updates with Allen rejoining Raiders)
*Broncos-Raiders Preview* =========================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Led by their resurgent superstar quarterback, the Denver Broncos have plenty to play for over the next four weeks even though they've already clinched the AFC West title.
The Oakland Raiders, meanwhile, are searching for any signs of progress amid their 10th straight season without a playoff appearance.
In the midst of their longest winning streak in 14 years, the visiting Broncos look for an eighth consecutive victory while trying to hand the Raiders a sixth straight defeat Thursday night.
A year ago, Peyton Manning was recovering from neck surgery and wondering where or if his NFL career would continue. The future Hall of Famer seems to have made the right choice in Denver, where he's again competing at an elite level while helping the Broncos (9-3) to their second straight division title.
Second in the NFL in completion percentage (68.0), touchdown passes (29) and passer rating (104.6), Manning went 27 of 38 for 242 yards with three TDs and an interception Sunday to help Denver secure the West crown with a 31-23 win over Tampa Bay.
"It's one step," cornerback Champ Bailey said. "It's not like we've done everything we want to do."
The Broncos also have their sights set on going undefeated in the division and getting a first-round bye in the playoffs. They're tied with New England and Baltimore for the No. 2 seed in the AFC, but are currently fourth based on tiebreakers with those teams.
"We always say people remember what you do in December," coach John Fox told the Broncos' official website. "So that's what we have ahead of us. We've got a division game coming up. Hopefully, we get to 5-0 in the division. There's a lot to play for. We'll see where that leads us."
Denver has scored at least 30 points in six of the seven games during the team's longest string of victories since starting 13-0 in 1998. Manning has thrown 18 TDs and six INTs while posting a 107.5 rating during the streak, and Demaryius Thomas has caught four of those touchdowns over the last three games - two against the Buccaneers.
"I feel like we've scratched the surface of the team we know we can be," said linebacker Von Miller, who had his 15th sack and his fifth forced fumble while also returning an interception 26 yards for a score Sunday. "We've just got to keep on going to be that team that we all know we're capable of being."
The Broncos have a good chance to continue their success with a third straight win over the lowly Raiders (3-9), who have already been eliminated from playoff contention. Denver has won seven of nine at Oakland, where the Raiders will be trying to avoid their first four-game home skid since 2008.
Manning was 30 of 38 for 338 yards with three TDs and Thomas caught five passes for 103 yards in Denver's 37-6 win over Oakland on Sept. 30. The Broncos totaled 503 yards while limiting the Raiders to 237.
The Raiders, who've been outscored 189-96 in their last five games, must find a better way to slow down Manning.
"You're never really ready for Peyton Manning," Oakland defensive coordinator Jason Tarver said. "It's a matter of getting on the same page and having enough coverage looks to hopefully slow down his progression and challenge guys in coverage, that's what we need to do."
Oakland, which has not lost six in a row since 2007, allowed Cleveland rookie Brandon Weeden to throw for 364 yards in Sunday's 20-17 home loss to the Browns. It has also yielded 494 rushing yards over the last three contests.
The Raiders rank last in the NFL in scoring defense (31.3 points per game), 28th against the run (130.4 yards) and 25th against the pass (256.6).
"Week in and week out, it's like it's the same: can't stop the run, can't stop the pass," cornerback Michael Huff said. "Things just aren't going well on defense. Right now, I guess we're just a bad defense. We can't really hide it."
The Raiders have not been much better offensively, totaling 44 points the last three weeks. However, they are expected to have running back Darren McFadden back after he missed the last four games with a sprained ankle. McFadden was held to 34 yards on 13 carries against the Broncos in September after averaging 144.7 in his previous three games versus Denver.
Carson Palmer has thrown five touchdowns and seven interceptions while posting a 69.3 passer rating during a personal four-game skid against the Broncos.
Raiders coach and former Denver defensive coordinator Dennis Allen has rejoined the team and will be on the sidelines Thursday after his father, former NFL linebacker Grady Allen, died earlier this week at age 66.
|Last Updated: 8/29/2014 3:24:18 PM EST|