Mile High Huddle Predicts Denver Broncos vs. Oakland Raiders Week 17

In our final predictions of the year, we ponder Denver's chances of playing AFC West spoilers in Week 17.

After the clock hits all zeroes on Sunday, that's all she wrote for the 2016 Denver Broncos.

They're out of the playoffs for the first time since 2010, and for the first time since 2002, the Oakland Raiders are in. With either a win or a Kansas City loss, they're AFC West champs. But they'll have to do it without Derek Carr, who broke his fibula last week on Christmas Eve. Matt McGloin will have to fill his shoes and try to guide the Raiders in their final weeks.

On the other side, Trevor Siemian will get the start, but Paxton Lynch will get in the game at some point. Do they have enough to spoil the Raiders' big day? We predict.

Khalid Alshami (@KhalidHAlshami)

Season Record: 8-7

Oakland has everything to play for while Denver is playing for next season... Matt McGloin is a capable QB and Oakland has talent all around him. As much as I'd like to see Denver end the season on a high note, everything points to them finishing .500.

Broncos 10, Raiders 21

Josh Carney (@JCarney_Sports)

Season Record: 9-5

Matt McGloin struggles mightily against the No-Fly Zone, while Von Miller outshines Khalil Mack in a battle of the two best pass rushers--and likely the two finalists for DPOY award--to lead Denver to the win.

Broncos 20, Raiders 13

Chad Jensen (@ChadNJensen)

Season Record: 5-10

Without Derek Carr, the Broncos defense feasts on Matt McGloin. The Broncos offense does just enough to win.

Broncos 17, Raiders 10

Nick Kendell (@ndkendall)

Season Record: 0-2

Denver not concerned with outcome of game compared to reps being distributed looks dysfunctional on defense and offense, but still better than last week against the Chiefs. Doss is burned a few times and Denver struggles up front defensively as Oakland relies once again on its ground game to establish control on offense.

Paxton Lynch and Trevor Siemian both have a few flashes but nothing remarkable and the Denver offense once again struggles to establish a ground game. Latimer and Heuerman show flashes ion offense to give hope and momentum to some weapons heading into next season

Broncos 17, Raiders 27

Will Keys (@WillKeys6)

Season Record: 8-7

The Broncos still have one solid win left in them. The offense finds a little bit of balance and success, while McGloin struggles to do anything against a Denver defense that was embarrassed against the Chiefs. 

Broncos 23, Raiders 13

Luc Polglaze (@LucPolglaze)

Season Record: 10-5

This is a hard game to predict because of how little we've seen Matt McGloin. It's going to come down to two ferocious pass-rushers going against two young quarterbacks.

The Raiders have showed they can run the ball against the Broncos and they come back to it here to relax McGloin.

Broncos 17, Raiders 20

Ray Roybal (@RoybalSportTalk)

Season Record: 8-7

With a chance to be somewhat of a spoiler, the Denver defense does just enough to get a win. Siemian and Lynch combine for 300 yards and two TD passes.

Broncos 17, Raiders 16

Erick Trickel (@ErickTrickel)

Season Record: 5-0

Denver has all but given up on the season. They are looking at this game to evaluate their young talent all over the team. Meanwhile, the Raiders still have a lot to play for. A win secures the AFC West.

Even though McGloin is playing, the Raiders have plenty of talent to take pressure off of him. When they pass, they will keep him from holding the ball long with a lot of quick easy passes. Many starters for Denver are likely to take a seat after the first quarter or two, making it even easier for Oakland. 

Broncos 10, Raiders 27

Adam Uribes (@auribes37)

Season Record: 8-7

The Raiders still have something to play for and many younger players for Denver will see extended time on the field. It could lead to an inspired effort on the part of Denver or it could lead a sloppy loss. 

It'll be close and the Broncos will be there at the end but a Paxton Lynch winning drive falls short. Denver ends the season just .500. 

Broncos 17, Raiders 24

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

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