The "Raider Nation" will be decked out in its finest face-paint even though Halloween will be long over. It's the Raiders hosting the Denver Broncos.
It's the Raiders' first home Monday night game since 1997. It's an AFC West battle. It ties Dallas-Washington as the most-contested series in Monday Night Football history (12th game).
It's Gannon vs. Griese.
It's the NFL's leading receiver ROD SMITH vs. the NFL's all-time top receiver JERRY RICE (along with TIM BROWN).
It's the Raiders trying to snap a streak of seven consecutive losses to the Broncos, and five losses in a row to Denver on Monday night.
It's two teams "in the toughest division there is," according to the Broncos' Smith. And it's a matchup of two clubs that are certainly evenly-matched in offenses run by quarterbacks RICH GANNON of Oakland and BRIAN GRIESE of Denver.
The Monday night matchup:
OFFENSIVE MIRROR IMAGES
Yards Per Game
Broncos: 325.9 Raiders: 327.7
Rushing Yards Per Game
Broncos: 115.3 Raiders: 115.5
Passing Yards Per Game
Broncos: 210.6 Raiders: 212.2
Time of Possession
Broncos: 30:39 Raiders: 32:30
Broncos: 164 Raiders: 151
About the Raiders' seven consecutive losses to Denver? "We have to get over that hump," says Oakland tackle LINCOLN KENNEDY. "This is the only animal left untamed in our cage."