After opening against three stout defenses, Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos seem to have a more favorable matchup in Week 4.
The Broncos' defense, however, might be short-handed, and that could lead to problems against an Oakland Raiders offense that appears to be finding its stride.
The Broncos try to avoid losing their third in a row Sunday in an AFC West showdown with a Raiders team seeking its fifth straight victory in Denver.
The Manning era in Denver got off to a promising start with a 31-19 win over Pittsburgh, but the Broncos have developed a disturbing trend in the last two games - fall behind by 20, rally within six and lose.
Manning didn't throw an interception in last Sunday's 31-25 loss to Houston - a positive sign after tossing three, first-quarter picks in a 27-21 loss to Atlanta in Week 2 - but he did have a career-high 26 incompletions.
He also completed 26 passes for 330 yards with two touchdowns, but 120 of those yards and both scores came in the final ...