Broncos-Raiders Week 17: Game Capsule

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The (12-3) Denver Broncos have already clinched the AFC West and a first-round bye as we move into the last week of the 2013 NFL regular season. They travel to the Black Hole to meet the (4-11) Oakland Raiders in a Sunday afternoon soiree. Denver can lock up the No. 1 seed in the AFC and secure home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs with a win or a New England loss. Last week, the Broncos defeated the Texans 37-13 in Houston, while the Raiders lost to the Chargers 26-13 in San Diego.

Kickoff for Sunday’s contest at Oakland County Coliseum is set for 2:25 pm MST. CBS has the Broadcast, with Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) and Solomon Wilcots (color commentary) calling the game.

The Raiders lead the series 59-45-2, though the Broncos have won the past 4 meetings. Denver is 22-31-0 in the Black Hole.

The Broncos beat Oakland at Sports Authority Field back in Week 3 by the score of 37-21, as Peyton Manning threw for 374 yards and 3 Touchdowns and WR Eric Decker caught 8 passes for 133 yards and a Touchdown. In their last meeting in Oakland (12/6/2012),  Denver RB Knowshon Moreno rushed for a season-high 119 yards and a score and Peyton Manning passed for 310 yards and a Touchdown as the Broncos claimed a 26-13 victory in Oakland.

 

NOTES

BRONCOS

  • Club (572) needs 18 points for the most by any team in a single season in NFL history (NE, 589).

  • QB PEYTON MANNING is the first player in NFL history to pass for 5,000 yards and 50 Touchdowns in the same season. He has passed for 5,211 yards, 3rd-most ever in single-season in NFL history. Posted 5th game of season with at least 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs, tied for most such games in season in NFL history (TOM BRADY in 2007).

  • RB KNOWSHON MORENO (1,015) has reached 1,000 rushing yards for 1st the time in his career.

  • Since 2012, WR ERIC DECKER has 23 Touchdown grabs, most in the AFC. He had 8 catches for 133 yards (16.6 avg.) in the last game vs. Oakland.

  • DEMARYIUS THOMAS (1,317) needs 83 receiving yards to become the first Bronco to have two 1,400-yard seasons. Thomas is averaging 93.3 receiving yards per game in the past 3 vs. Oakland.

  • TE JULIUS THOMAS (12) has the most Touchdown receptions by a Broncos Tight End in a season in franchise history.

  • DENVER is the 1st team in NFL history to have 5 players score at least 10 TDs in same season.

  • DE SHAUN PHILLIPS (10) needs 2 Sacks to surpass career-best of 11.5 in 2006. He has 14 career Sacks against Oakland, most against any team.

 

RAIDERS

  • Rookie QB MATT MC GLOIN had career-best 297 passing yards in last home game.

  • QB TERRELLE PRYOR completed 19 of 28 passes (67.9%) for 281 yards with 1 Touchdown, no Interceptions and a 112.4 rating in the last game vs. Denver. Pryor (527) needs 3 rushing yards to surpass RICH GANNON (529 in 2000) for most rush yards by a Raider Quarterback in a single-season.

  • Oakland ranks 3rd in the AFC with 129.1 rushing yards per game in 2013.

  • RB DARREN MC FADDEN posted his 5th rushing TD of the season last week and has 3 100-yard rushing games vs. Denver.

  • WR ROD STREATER (848) needs 152 receiving yards to become the first Raider with 1,000 receiving yards in a season since RANDY MOSS (1,005) in 2005.

  • WR DENARIUS MOORE had 6 catches for 124 yards (20.7 avg.), including a 73-yard TD reception in last game vs. the Broncos.

  • WR ANDRE HOLMES has 19 receptions for 328 yards (17.3 avg.) and a TD in past 4 games.

  • TE MYCHAL RIVERA has 2 Touchdown catches in 2 of the past 3 games.

  • LB NICK ROACH leads team with 106 Tackles.

  • DE LAMARR HOUSTON aims for 3rd straight game with Sack vs. Denver.

 

The Broncos are favored by 12.5 points and should handle the Raiders for a 5th straight win.

 

Go Broncos!

– Kaptain Kirk

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