NFL Picks Week 9: Oakland Raiders Should Be Wary of Denver Broncos

George SeligaCorrespondent INovember 2, 2011

NFL Picks Week 9: Oakland Raiders Should Be Wary of Denver Broncos

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    The Oakland Raiders seem like the obvious pick over the struggling Denver Broncos this weekend. Oakland is in a three-way tie for first in the AFC division.

    The Broncos are sitting in last place in the AFC West and are having a hard time finding their identity on offense. This could be a trap game for the Oakland Raiders.

    Here are three reasons why Oakland could be on upset alert against the Broncos.

Raider Pass Defense

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    The Raiders have had a very shaky pass defense this season. Their secondary struggles at times and tends to give up the big play through the air.  Denver has struggled throwing the ball, especially because Tim Tebow can't get into any sort of rhythm.

    If Tebow can get good pass blocking from his offensive lineman, the Raiders will struggle to keep up with the Bronco's receiving corp. Tebow could have a good game against the Raiders just like he did last season.

Raider Passing Game

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    This will be Carson Palmer's first start for the Silver and Black. Palmer was thrown into the fire against the Kansas City Chiefs with barely any knowledge of the playbook and no chemistry with the receivers. He looked rusty and his timing was off.

    The Bronco's could be bringing lots of pressure in this game especially because they have a veteran secondary with Brian Dawkins and Champ Bailey.

    If the Broncos can get Palmer out of a good rhythm early, they might be able to stop this explosive Oakland offense and come up with the upset.

Denver Is Due for a Strong Offensive Performance

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    Denver has been struggling all season to find their offensive identity. John Fox is a great coach who knows what it takes to get a team going. Tim Tebow is going to get the start and John Fox has been preparing plays that will make Tebow active in both the running and passing game.

    Knowshon Moreno has been very quiet this season and has not been producing like they they thought he would. The Broncos could find their identity on offense against a struggling Oakland pass defense. The big key to this game is the Bronco's offense versus the Raider's defense.

    Whatever side dominates this match up will win this game.