The Oakland Raiders travel to Denver for a matchup with the longtime AFL rival and division opponent Denver Broncos on Sunday.
It seems like it’s been a while since the Denver Broncos-Oakland Raiders rivalry has had any teeth. The Raiders have been pretty down for an extended time. While team management historically marches to the beat of their own drum, bad luck has as much to do with Oakland’s fortunes as anything, these days.
The 2016 Raiders were rolling until Derek Carr went down against the Indianapolis Colts. They flamed-out in a first-round playoff loss as Matt McGloin couldn’t replicate Carr’s proficiency at quarterback.
This year’s Raiders, with newly-minted (and curious) coach-for-life Jon Gruden. Carr is healthy but Oakland released all-pro punter Marquette King and shipped all-world DE Kahlil Mack to the Chicago Bears.
How do we qualify these moves? Is it the wacky front-office that we’ve seen so often in the past? Is the new sheriff (Gruden) looking to establish or re-establish something in Oakland and doesn’t need competing personalities? Who knows, this team seems to be in a transition of some sort but it’s not clear what they are attempting to transition to.
Add the impending move to Las Vegas and this year’s Raiders feel like a team that’s on-hold.
The Raiders will take the Mile High field today at 2:25 regardless and we know that once the Raiders and Broncos are on the field together, all bets are off.
Here are some things we want to see in today’s game: