The Denver Broncos take on the Oakland Raiders in a game that promises to be one of the weekend’s ugliest. With QBs Carson Palmer and Tim Tebow both coming off atrocious games, the matchup seems likely to go to whichever offense makes the fewest costly mistakes.
Where: O.co Coliseum
When: Sunday, Nov. 6 at 4:05 ET
Watch: CBS (locally), DirecTV 711
Oakland is at minus-7, according to footballlocks.com. The banged-up Raiders will be doing well to win this one, let alone cover such a big spread.
The over/under is 42.5, according to footballlocks.com. With the Raiders missing their one real offensive weapon and Tim Tebow playing on the road, the under appears to be a solid choice here.
Denver RB Willis McGahee, hand (probable)
Oakland RB Darren McFadden, foot (out)
Oakland LB Rolando McClain, ankle (questionable)
Oakland K Sebastian Janikowski, hamstring (questionable)
Fantasy Big Plays
Oakland RB Michael Bush will be one of the steals of the week as he fills in for the injured McFadden.
Denver WR Eric Decker could be worth a shot for owners hurting at the position, as he caught Tebow’s lone TD last week.
Keys to Denver Win
The Broncos must contain Bush and keep him from single-handedly eating up the clock. Tebow doesn’t have to put up huge numbers of points in this matchup, so he must focus on avoiding risks and taking only what the defense gives him.
Keys to Oakland Win
After Palmer’s horrific debut, trusting the passing game seems like a mistake. The Raiders need to play ball control with Bush and let the defense set them up by forcing turnovers.
Even as beat-up as the Raiders are, none of their handicaps are as bad as the Broncos’ starting QB. Another disastrous game from Tebow will hand the victory to Oakland.