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Just a year ago, Denver and Oakland went to the end of the season in the race for the AFC West title, with the Broncos edging the Raiders for first place on the final day by winning a three-team tiebreaker with San Diego.
Now the teams couldn't be further apart.
The Broncos (9-3) are riding a seven-game winning streak into Thursday night's game in Oakland having already wrapped up the division title. They are spending the last month worried about playoff positioning and staying healthy for the postseason.
The Raiders (3-9) have lost five straight and have been eliminated from playoff contention for a 10th straight season as the franchise has regressed in the first year of the new regime led by general manager Reggie McKenzie and coach Dennis Allen.
''It's definitely disappointing. Coming into the season, we had a new GM, had a new coaching staff and it felt like the sky was the limit, but for some reason - obviously, we had a lot of injuries - but for some re...
BEST OF MAXIM
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On Sunday, the 6-foot, 4-inch tall, 291-pound Mitch Unrein proved that he can do more than merely play on the defensive line.
In the second quarter, Unrein lined up at fullback in Denver’s goal line formation and caught a one-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Peyton Manning.
Seeing Unrein in the backfield was not surprising,...
Big Pete of the comments has a guest piece for your reading pleasure this morning. Thanks Pete for volunteering to do this! Let him know what you think in the comments!
Since earlier in the week seemed to be “Nit-Pick Day”, here is a list of the things I nit-pick the Broncos about.
#1. We seem to always play down to our opponent’s level.
What is it with the Broncos for the...
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell wants to help keep the Raiders in Oakland.
On Thursday night, Goodell spoke about the prospects of a new stadium for the Raiders. The NFL commissioner says the league is willing to contribute up to $200 million to help fund the project. Of course this is if Raider and local officials can reach a deal of their own.
With the San Francisco 49ers building...
The Denver Broncos are fairly healthy for tonight’s contest
against the Oakland Raiders, as several regulars, including wide receiver
Brandon Stokley and defensive lineman Robert Ayers are questionable and
probable to play. The only player doubtful on the team’s injury report is
linebacker Wesley Woodyard.
Woodyard sustained a sprained ankle during last weekend’s
RETURN OF CHUCKY
Rumor has it that NFL analyst Jon Gruden and the Raiders have been in talks to bring the team's onetime head coach back into the fold in Oakland.
For those who live outside of Colorado and do not have DirecTV, we present this handy-dandy broadcast map, courtesy of the506.com:
Those of you who live in the red areas will receive the Broncos/Raiders game on NFL Network this weekend. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:20 p.m (MT) and we’ll have complete coverage of the game here on the blog, on Facebook, and on Twitter. See you at kickoff!
Hub Arkush of ProFootballWeekly.com informed Dan Bernstein that the Oakland Raiders ”are in talks” with Jon Gruden to return as their head coach.
This is definitely a surprise, but it’s hard to say whether or not this is an actual possibility. Gruden’s name has been tossed out as a potential option for almost every available coaching job in the country.
GM Reggie McKenzie...
Running backs Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson are returning to the field for the Oakland Raiders after missing the previous four games with sprained right ankles.
Both McFadden and Goodson are active for Thursday night's game against Denver for the first since getting hurt Nov. 4 against Tampa Bay. The Raiders also will dress three players who had concussions Sunday: safeties...
Raiders running back Darren McFadden was a full participate in practice Wednesday and is listed as probable for Thursday night’s game against the Broncos, per Jerry McDonald.
McFadden officially listed as probable and participated fully in practice. He’s playing.
— Jerry McDonald (@Jerrymcd) December 5, 2012
McFadden has been out since Week 9 and with backup Marcel Reece battling...
Week 13 has come and gone, and a couple more cadavers were dropped off at the mortuary.The Chiefs were merely a prelude to the slew of departed souls who would be making their way onto my concrete slabs.They've been inevitably tagged and bagged; now it's merely time to examine what caused these wretched souls to fulfill the destiny that their mortal coil demands.Subject:...
The Oakland Raiders signed FB/RB Jamize Olawale from the Dallas Cowboys’ practice squad, the team announced Tuesday. Olawale is the second player the Raiders have signed from another team’s practice squad this season, following DB Brandian Ross, who was added from Green Bay Sept. 19. Olawale spent training camp with the Cowboys.
I gotta be honest, Raider Nation. I’m running out of things to talk about, report, and analyze in the AFC West. It’s pretty simple, really. The Denver Broncos are good. The Chargers, Chiefs, and Raiders are not. The Broncos clinched the division title this past weekend and now set their sights on a 2 or 3 seed in the playoffs. The [...]