The Denver Broncos haven’t lost to the Oakland Raiders since they signed Peyton Manning, having won seven straight games against their division rival. That streak could be extended to eight games on Sunday when the two teams meet in Oakland in Week 5.
Denver is coming off their fourth straight victory to start the season, and they are one of six undefeated teams in the 2015 season. Oakland is 2-2 after losing to the Chicago Bears, who won their first game of the year in Week 4.
The Raiders were favored last week for the first time in 27 games, but they are underdogs at home against the Broncos. Denver is giving Oakland 4.5 points, according to vegasinsider.com. The over/under at Las Vegas sportsbooks is 43.5 points.
Denver will be without their starting left tackle for a second straight game. Ty Sambrailo missed practice this week with a shoulder injury, and he won’t suit up on Sunday. Guard Evan Mathis missed practice all week with a hamstring injury, but head coach Gary Kubiak expects him to play on Sunday.
The Broncos’ offensive line has been one of the weakest parts of the team in 2015. Peyton Manning has already been sacked 10 times this year after being sacked 17 times all of last season. C.J. Anderson has rushed for just 117 yards in four games, averaging 2.7 yards per carry. Denver ranks 26th in total offense, having ranked in the top four in each of Manning’s first three seasons with the team.
Michael Crabtree missed practice on Wednesday with an ankle injury, but he returned to the field on Thursday. Defensive end Justin Tuck and safety Charles Woodson also returned to practice on Thursday after taking Wednesday off. An ankle injury kept defensive tackle Justin Ellis out of practice on Thursday.
The Raiders can use all the help they can get on defense. Heading into Week 5, only the Cleveland Browns had allowed more total yards than Oakland. The Raiders rank second-to-last in pass defense, though they are 13th against the run.
The game will start at 4:25 p.m. ET on CBS, and fans who purchase NFLSUNDAYTICKET.TV can watch the game with a live stream online. Denver vs. Oakland is one of three late afternoon games on Sunday.