The Denver Broncos (10-2) have their eyes on a first-round bye but first they seek a fifth-straight AFC West title in Week 14 as they host the division rival Oakland Raiders (5-7) at Port Authority Field at Mile High. A Broncos win would mean a Kansas City loss or tie locks up the division while a win and a loss from the Jets or Steelers at least cements a playoff berth.
Brock Osweiler, who is set to start his fourth game under center for Denver, has three wins in three starts so far. He completed 16-of-26 passes for 166 yards and a touchdown last week in a 17-3 win over San Diego. In his limited action this season, Osweiler has completed 61.3 percent of his passes for 832 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions. Oakland ranks No. 28 in pass defense, allowing 271.1 yards per game through the air. Osweiler has yet to throw for more than 270 yards in any of his games this year.
What’s been consistent for Denver since the quarterback change is their running game. In all three of Osweiler’s starts the Broncos have rushed for over 100 yards, including 134 yards against the Chargers. Denver averages 104.8 yards per game on the ground but has compiled 383 rush yards and three scores the past three weeks. Due to an injury to C.J. Anderson (ankle), Ronnie Hillman will get the start running the ball for Denver. Hillman has 44 attempts for 217 yards and a touchdown over the past three games.
The Raiders are coming off a 34-20 loss to the Chiefs in which Derek Carr threw two touchdowns but tossed three interceptions for the first time this season. In total, Carr has 26 scores and nine interceptions on 63.6 percent passing in 2015. When he played Denver on Oct. 11, Carr completed 26-of-39 passes for 249 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Rookie receiver Amari Cooper leads the team with 920 receiving yards on 62 receptions to go with four scores. He caught four balls for 47 yards in Week 5 against Denver.
Denver’s defense allows the fewest total yards per game (284.7) in the NFL while Oakland ranks No. 12 in yards per game (362.7). Denver sacked Philip Rivers four times and scored a defensive touchdown, marking the third straight game the Broncos have caused a turnover.
The Broncos hope to get Demarcus Ware back after a four-game absence but are dealing with injuries on defense to linebacker Danny Trevathan, David Bruton Jr. and Omar Bolden.
TV Channel: CBS
Start Time: 4:05 p.m.
Betting Odds: Denver -7
*Odds courtesy of Sportsbook.ag.