Three Keys: Broncos vs. Raiders

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Three Keys: Broncos vs. Raiders
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Broncos need to avoid a trap: This is a textbook trap game for Denver. The Broncos (9-3) just won the AFC West title. They are traveling on a short week. They are playing a team that will be emotionally charged after the death of Grady Allen, the father of Oakland coach Dennis Allen. The Broncos visit Baltimore in Week 15 in a game that could go a long way in determining the No. 2 seed and a bye in the first round of the AFC playoffs. This is the type of game a team can come into flat. But Denver is aware all of these factors and will try to do what it takes -- attacking on both sides of the ball, for starters -- to avoid a clunker in Oakland. Coach John Fox is good at keeping his players focused and Peyton Manning is rarely flat. Watch for Denver to try to strike early and take any idea of an upset out of the Raiders’ minds.

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