Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/20/14
It is no secret that the Oakland Raiders have some question marks heading into the 2012 season. A “W” on the schedule following at least the majority of these five games will be crucial if the Raiders' hope to make the postseason.   5.  September 30th @Denver Broncos - Peyton Manning will take the field for the first time against the Raiders with home-field advantage. The Raiders will face him again in Oakland later in the season, but this game will set the tone. The Raiders will be coming off a tough contest against the Pittsburgh Steelers the week before and will have to avoid an emotional letdown.  The team has some defensive issues, but the key to this game will be the pass rush. If the defensive line can sack or even seriously rattle Manning; who’s probably one major hit away from the end of his career; it may be enough to hand the game to Carson Palmer and the rest of the offense.  The Broncos' secondary had issues last year due to the youth of their squad. This year they...
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