Broncos v. Raiders - Game Plan and Matchups

The matchup between Denver Broncos CB Champ Bailey and Oakland Raiders WR Randy Moss was supposed to be a marquee matchup twice a season. But Moss was hurt most of last year and hasn't been much of a factor this year. Read about the game plan and the matchups for Sunday night's game.

SERIES HISTORY: 92nd meeting. The Oakland Raiders lead the series 53-36-2, but the Denver Broncos have dominated lately. The Broncos are 17-5 against the Raiders since 1995, Mike Shanahan's first year as head coach, and 9-2 in home games against Oakland. The teams have also met twice in the playoffs, and split the meetings.

GAME PLAN: The biggest problem for the Broncos might be overconfidence. They are 3-1, coming off impressive wins vs. New England and Baltimore. The Raiders are one of the worst teams in the NFL, so it seems like a mismatch. The Broncos usually run the ball well against Oakland so expect Tatum Bell to get plenty of carries. The Broncos also might try to open up the passing game. As long as the Broncos don't allow many big plays to Oakland's talented receivers, they should control the game.

MATCHUPS TO WATCH: Broncos CB Champ Bailey vs. Raiders WR Randy Moss. When Moss was acquired by Oakland, this was supposed to be a marquee matchup twice a season. But Moss was hurt most of last year and hasn't been much of a factor this year. Bailey is playing tremendously but Moss is still dangerous and could have a breakout game at any time.

Broncos DE's Ebenezer Ekuban and Kenard Lang vs. Raiders LT Robert Gallery. Gallery has been a disappointment for Oakland. Ekuban and Lang are each playing well and will take turns against Gallery. The Broncos aren't blitzing much this year so if the Raiders' offensive line can give the quarterback time, perhaps they can hit a couple of deep passes.

Broncos MLB Al Wilson vs. Raiders RB LaMont Jordan. Jordan has been bottled up most of the year and Wilson is coming off one of the best games of his career. If Wilson has a similar game as he did against Baltimore, when he seemed to single-handedly take Jamal Lewis out of the game, the Raiders might become one dimensional.

INJURY IMPACT:

--DE Courtney Brown will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.

--S John Lynch will play this week. He pinched a nerve in his neck against Baltimore but a MRI showed no damage.

--RB Cedric Cobbs will miss another game with an ankle surgery. Cobbs hurt himself in the second week of the season and hasn't played since.



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