Quarterback Peyton Manning will try to avoid his second three game losing streak since 2002 as the Denver Broncos face the Oakland Raiders Sunday afternoon at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
The game begins at 4:05 p.m. EDT and will be shown by CBS, or you may watch a live stream online by purchasing NFL Sunday Ticket Max.
The Broncos lost their second consecutive game last week 31-25 after Houston Texans fended off a late fourth quarter surge.
With Denver down early in the game quarterback Peyton Manning was forced to throw 52 times and completed 26 passes for 330 yards and two touchdowns.
The Broncos rushed only 21 times for 59 yards as they ran into the Texans' fifth-ranked rush defense.
Manning did cut the lead to 31-25 with touchdowns to receiver Brandon Stokley and tight end Joel Dreessen in the fourth quarter, but Houston was able to wind the clock down to :20 seconds on their final drive, leaving Manning no time to finalize a comeback.
Denver has fallen behind by 20 points in each of their last two games, which could be an advantage for the Raiders Sunday.
Oakland rallied in the fourth quarter last week and scored 13 unanswered points in their 34-31 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Kicker Sebastian Janikowski accounted for the Raiders final six points, including a 43-yard field goal with no time remaining for Oakland’s first win of the season.
In maybe his best game as a Raider, quarterback Carson Palmer went 24-for-34 for 209 yards with three touchdowns and an interception, and spread the ball amongst nine receivers.
Running back Darren McFadden may have found his midseason groove, bursting across the line for 113 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries.
The Raiders defense gave up four passing touchdowns to Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, and are currently 26 th in the league in pass defense, allowing 264.7 yards per game.
Betting Odds: Denver is favored by 7 points; Over/Under: 48 points
Prediction: Manning will exploit the Raiders weak pass defense and jump out to an early lead. McFadden should help Oakland control the clock with another performance like last week’s, but ultimately the Broncos will prevail in a wire-to-wire game.
Predicted Score: Denver 30, Oakland 21