Site: Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Kickoff: 1:25 p.m., PST
TV: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (sideline).
Return to efficiency: It is not necessary for quarterback Derek Carr to light it up and throw for 300 yards and multiple touchdowns. A performance like the season opener at Tennessee (22 of 32, 262 yards, 2 TDs, no interceptions) will suffice. Don’t force the ball downfield, don’t turn it over, kick field goals when necessary. Convert third downs with short-to-medium range throws. If a big play presents itself, take it. But don’t spend all day looking for it.
Control the game wrecker: Raiders right tackle Marshall Newhouse won’t be asked to take on outside linebacker Von Miller all by himself. Jamize Olawale will be counted on to chip on plays when the Raiders use a fullback, and Marshawn Lynch, a solid blocker will get his shots. Tight end Lee Smith could be crucial in helping Newhouse. Miller, the Super Bowl 50 MVP, can take over a game with several plays or force the big turnover. It will take a group effort. Keep in mind Miller could be over Donald Penn as well, as he did in last year’s regular-season finale.
Shut down C.J. Anderson: Leading rusher C.J. Anderson has 235 yards and is averaging 4.4 yards per carry. He’s thick at 5-foot-8 and 224 pounds and is hard to bring down. Having grown up in Vallejo, Anderson told reporters this week his mom still roots for the Raiders. If Anderson gets rolling, besides disappointing his mother, he’ll also be the left jab the Broncos need to keep the Raiders defensive off-balance, opening things up for Trevor Siemian to work the ball downfield to wide outs Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders as wella s tight end Virgin Green.
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