Fingers in the remote control. Switch from Thursday Night Football imminent.
Thurs., December 6, 9-3 Denver Broncos at 3-9 Oakland Raiders – For fantasy eyes only
The marketing trolls at the NFL Network are working overtime to promote tonight's Thursday Night Football contest between the Denver Broncos and the Oakland Raiders.
This stinker will interest only fans of the clubs and Peyton Manning fantasy owners.
When the NFL announced this schedule, it projected as two 2011 8-8 teams ready to take the next step. The promised drama was Oakland's step up in a full year with Carson Palmer and healthy Darren McFadden versus the uncertain health of Peyton Manning and his fit with Denver.
But, Manning is cruising with Denver. He is the NFL's second-ranked passer. The 9-3 Broncos locked up AFL West after a seven-game winning streak. The 3-9 Raiders missed McFadden for four weeks. Quarterback Palmer is no improvement on Jason Campbell. Oakland's no-shutd...