Denver Broncos vs. Oakland Raiders: Spread Info, Line and Predictions

Thad Novak@@ThadNovakCorrespondent INovember 4, 2011

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 30:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos delivers a pass against the Detroit Lions at Sports Authority at Invesco Field at Mile High on October 30, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Lions defeated the Broncos 45-10.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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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.

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 23:  The Oakland Raiders line up to defend against center Casey Wiegmann #62 of the Kansas City Chiefs in the third quarter on October 23, 2011 at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, California.   The Chiefs won 28-0.  (Photo by Brian Bahr/Get
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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.

Key Injuries

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.

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 23: Running back Michael Bush #29 of the Oakland Raiders runs to an opening against linebacker Javon Belcher #59 of the Kansas City Chiefs on October 23, 2011 at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, California. The Chiefs won 28-0. (Photo by Br
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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.


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