Oakland's offense will be limited with Charlie Frye at quarterback. The Raiders' best bet will be to hit some big plays in the running game, and control the clock on the ground as well. If Frye limits his mistakes, and the Raiders force a couple turnovers on defense, they can stay in the game.
MATCHUPS TO WATCH: Broncos WR Brandon Marshall vs. Raiders CB Nnamdi Asomugha. The Broncos are relying heavily on Marshall in the passing game lately. That could change if Asomugha shadows Marshall, as expected. The Broncos won't throw repeatedly in Asomugha's direction, but they also can't afford to ignore their top receiver. This will be an elite one-on-one matchup.
Broncos LT Ryan Clady vs. Raiders DRE Richard Seymour. Seymour will have something to prove after Clady dominated the first matchup between them. Clady will also have a chip on his shoulder, because the Broncos haven't forgotten about Seymour pulling Clady's hair after a play back in September. Clady is struggling more than he did as a rookie, but the Broncos need him to play well down the stretch.
INJURY IMPACT: RB Correll Buckhalter didn't practice Wednesday because of an ankle injury. The last time he had a similar injury he missed a game, and could be out this week. ... S Renaldo Hill will be evaluated through the week, but he has a serious ankle injury. He didn't practice Wednesday, although the Broncos haven't ruled him out. ... CB Ty Law has a hamstring injury that forced him out of last week's game in the fourth quarter and kept him from practicing Wednesday. He will be evaluated as the week goes on. ... LB Spencer Larsen suffered a back injury on Sunday, but was back to full practice Wednesday and should play this week.
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