Mile High Huddle Predicts Denver Broncos vs. Oakland Raiders Week 9

We predict whether or not Denver leaves the Coliseum with win number seven.

The Chicago Cubs winning the World Series late Wednesday night proved that just about anything in sports is possible. Therefore, it is in fact within the realm of possibility that, yes, the 6-2 Oakland Raiders could finish the season with a winning record and even qualify for the postseason.

The world is truly upside-down. At least there are some constants in this life. The Denver Broncos are also 6-2 at the midway point, on pace for their third straight season with 12 wins. The prize that they have claimed for the past five seasons, the AFC West, is in jeopardy with the Raiders and even Kansas City Chiefs breathing down their necks in the standings.

That sets the stage for Sunday night. The Raiders get their first NBC game since early in the 2006 season, and their first home SNF game since 2005. Will the Raiders knock off the perennial champs, or will the Broncos reclaim sole possession of their rightful throne?

We predict.

Khalid Alshami (@KhalidHAlshami)

Season Record: 3-5

Denver is missing Aqib Talib again, and his loss will be felt against an Oakland team that has a solid receiver group.

While the Raiders defense has struggled this season, they're going against a Bronco offensive line that has continued to struggle. On the flip side, Derek Carr has been much better under pressure this season which could work against a Denver defense that thrives on creating pressure.

Broncos 19, Raiders 24

Josh Carney (@JCarney_Sports)

Season Record: 6-2

No Aqib Talib could spell trouble for the Broncos this week as Derek Carr, Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree are a handful to try and contain through the air. 

Oakland is a legitimate threat to win the AFC West, and this week they really send a statement against the Broncos.

Broncos 21, Raiders 30

Chad Jensen (@ChadNJensen)

Season Record: 4-4

The Broncos defense are going to remind everyone that they're still the cock of the walk in the AFC West and make the Raiders offense look bad late in the game. Derek Carr and company will get a few licks in, but the Broncos come out on top, due to Trevor Siemian climbing out of his mini-slump.

Broncos 30, Raiders 24

Will Keys (@WillKeys6)

Season Record: 5-3

The Raiders have beaten all of the good teams: New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Jacksonville, Tennessee, San Diego, and Baltimore.

Just kidding, Oakland has not defeated a team with a winning record at this point. Denver is 6-2, and they're going to leave the Bay Area with a 7-2 record thanks to a big game from Devontae Booker.

Broncos 27, Raiders 20

Luc Polglaze (@LucPolglaze)

Season Record: 5-3

Ultimately I think the Raiders are going to get hampered by the Broncos pass rush, but they're going to hit on a couple long shots eventually. I just don't see Trevor Siemian putting the team on his back right now, and the offensive line won't hold up for this type of game.

Broncos 24, Raiders 31

Ray Roybal (@RoybalSportTalk)

Season Record: 6-2

The Denver offense takes advantage of the 31st-ranked passing defense. Booker will run for over 100 yards and the Denver defense pressures Derek Carr all night.

Broncos 27, Raiders 20

Adam Uribes (@auribes37)

Season Record: 5-3

Denver is good, Oakland is good and that's when these games mean something and makes it a true rivalry game. 

Whoever gets their running game established will have a huge advantage as the Denver D and will probably nullify much of what Oakland does th
rough the air. 

Trevor Siemian doesn't need to throw for 300-plus and multiple scores but he CANNOT keep playing hot potato with the football and throwing balls that bounce off of defenders' hands. The new captain needs to be efficient with the ball and hit the deep ball when it presents itself to keep Oakland from loading the box on Booker. 

It's a typical ugly Denver win that is won in the fourth with a late stand.

Broncos 27, Raiders 24

We're not our optimistic selves this week, but we can hope that the Broncos prove us wrong. Enjoy this one, it's been a long time since the Broncos and the Raiders have met this late in the year with winning records on each side.

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Will Keys is an Editor for Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @WillKeys6.

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