Broncos vs. Raiders: 5 Reasons Oakland Will Blow out Denver

Kasey ScottAnalyst INovember 1, 2011

Broncos vs. Raiders: 5 Reasons Oakland Will Blow out Denver

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    Following a much-needed bye week, the Oakland Raiders now get the reeling Denver Broncos at home in Week 9. Denver got demolished last week by the Detroit Lions 45-10. 

    After the blowout, there were questions surrounding Tim Tebow and whether or not he would start this week. John Fox came out Monday and said Tebow would indeed remain the starting quarterback for the Broncos. 

    The Raiders will be fresh coming off the bye week and have a great opportunity in Week 9 to remain atop the AFC West. 

Tim Tebow

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    Is Tim Tebow the worst starting quarterback in the NFL? That has yet to be decided as Tebow has made only two starts, albeit two horrible starts. 

    The Detroit Lions showed how to make Tebow completely ineffective last week in the 45-10 blowout loss. 

    Tebow finished the game 18-of-39 for 172 yards, a touchdown and an interception. He also ran the ball 10 times for 63 yards. 

    Detroit stacked the box against Tebow and recorded seven sacks, while constantly pressuring him. 

    The Miami Dolphins shut down Tebow for more than three-and-a-half quarters as well. They recorded six sacks, but faltered late. 

    Tebow has yet to prove that he can beat you solely with his arm. Both Detroit and Miami have provided winning formulas for stopping Tebow. 

    Expect the Raiders to stack the box and focus on the run consistently. Don't expect a revelation for Tebow against the tough front seven of the Oakland Raiders.  

Oakland Raiders Defensive Front Seven

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    Richard Seymour currently leads the Oakland Raiders defensive front seven with five sacks on the year. 

    As a whole, the Raiders have recorded a total of 16 sacks. This will be a key heading into Week 9 against the Denver Broncos. 

    Tim Tebow has been sacked a total of 13 times combined in the past two weeks. Part of the blame falls on Tebow, while part of the blame goes to his offensive line that has struggled at protecting their new starting quarterback.

    Oakland has allowed 116.9 rushing yards on the season, but stopping the run will be the focus on defense.

    Look for the Raiders to stack the box with eight or nine defenders to force Tebow to beat them.  

Oakland Raiders Running Game

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    Darren McFadden is questionable going into Week 9, but the Oakland Raiders running game will have success against the Denver Broncos with or without him.

    Denver has lucked out the past two weeks playing the Miami Dolphins and Detroit Lions, whose running games are below average. 

    Denver has allowed 117.7 rushing yards per game thus far. In Week 1, when the Raiders visited the Broncos, the Raiders rushed for 190 yards. 

    Oakland has averaged a total of 31 rushes per game thus far. Expect the Raiders to top that number in Week 9 with a healthy mix of Darren McFadden and Michael Bush. 

Carson Palmer Will Play Error-Free

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    Carson Palmer has taken full advantage of the bye week by working out with receivers and getting to know the playbook. 

    Palmer's debut wasn't pretty. He was 8-of-21 for 116 yards and three interceptions. 

    Carson has now had time to understand the Oakland Raiders' playbook and game plan, which couldn't be said in his debut. 

    Denver's secondary is not very intimidating. They have only recorded three interceptions, while allowing 249.7 passing yards per game. 

    The game plan will be a heavy dose of the running game for the Oakland Raiders, while having Palmer maintain the game. 

    Don't expect the world from Palmer, but expect him to play error-free football. 

Oakland Should Have Blown Them out Week 1

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    In Week 1, the Oakland Raiders had a 16-3 lead going into halftime on the road against the Denver Broncos. 

    Oakland went to a conservative game plan after halftime, and the score ended up being 23-20. 

    The Raiders really let off the gas peddle in Week 1 and that will not happen in Week 9. 

    Kyle Orton was starting for Denver in Week 1, but now Tim Tebow is starting for the Broncos. 

    Both teams are on different paths. The Raiders are in the chase for the AFC West title, while the Broncos are still trying to figure things out.