Denver Broncos: Three Keys to Watch Against the Oakland Raiders
The Denver Broncos opened a new era last week against the Seattle Seahawks. The youthful backfield had a fantastic day. Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman showed exactly why they made the 53-man roster. Although Case Keenum started out a bit slow, he finished strong and led the Broncos just as we thought he would. That offensive output along with a stellar defensive performance let the Broncos leave Mile High with a 27-24 victory.
Up next for the Broncos, in week two, is the Oakland Raiders. This is one of the longest running rivalries in the game. Here are three keys to success for the Denver Broncos on Sunday.
The Broncos running game excelled on Sunday. They will need to keep excelling for Denver to have continued success this season. The Broncos finished with 146 yards on the ground. Good enough for the seventh best week one performance. If they want to be successful against the Raiders, they will need to continue with this same effort.
We again place Keenum on the keys list. He was able to overcome three interceptions last week. However, that will not always be the case. Keenum has to be better at limiting the turnovers. This was a big issue last season and one of the reasons that he was brought in. If not, the defense of the Denver Broncos will see more of the field than they are hoping for.
Stop Jared Cook
On Monday Night Football against the Los Angeles Rams, Cook had a huge game. I expect the Raiders to try to take full advantage of that again this week. The Broncos gave up 166 yards on 4 catches to Seahawks TEs. Cook is a dangerous TE and if the Broncos do not contain him, he can that damage on his own.
The Denver Broncos can take early control of the AFC West with a win against the Raiders on Sunday. Even though this game shouldn’t be, expect it to be a dogfight. Although, in the end, I think the Broncos come out on top.
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