Raiders at Broncos preview

The Oakland Raiders, coming off two disappointing losses, travel to Denver to face the Broncos this week.

The Broncos have won 12 consecutive home games. The visiting team has won four of the past five in the series.

It's Broncos-Raiders! Throw out the records! "It's tough to beat ‘Broncos-Raiders' anywhere in the league," says Denver Kicker Jason Elam.

Denver might be tough to beat. Coming off a three-interception Monday night of Baltimore's Steve McNair, the Broncos have given up the fewest points in the NFL (34) and are only the second team since 1940 (Miami in 2000) to allow only one touchdown through its first four games.

Both teams have strong running games. Denver RB Tatum Bell ranks No. 7 in the league (387 yards). Oakland paired RB Justin Fargas with LaMont Jordan in Week 5 and the duo combined for 134 yards.

"It's a good combination," says Raiders head coach Art Shell. "We've got to keep that going for us."

SERIES


  RAIDERS BRONCOS
SERIES LEADER 53-36-2  
STREAKS   5 of past 6
COACHES VS. OPP. Shell: 11-1 Shanahan: 17-5
LAST WEEK L 34-20 at 49ers W 13-3 vs. Ravens
LAST GAME 12/24/05: Raiders 3 at Broncos 22. Denver QB Jake Plummer passes for 268 yards & rushes for 1 TD as Broncos claim 2nd-seed in AFC.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/24/05
BROADCAST NBC (6:15 PM MT): Al Michaels, John Madden, Andrea Kremer (Field reporter). Westwood One Radio: Dave Sims, Bob Trumpy, Kevin Kiley (Field reporter).

STATS


PASSING Walter: 35-78-422-2-6-38.5 Plummer: 57-110-673-3-5-60.9
RUSHING Jordan: 61-245-4.2-1 T. Bell: 77-387 (2C)-5.0-0
RECEIVING Moss: 12-136-11.3-2 Walker: 16-313-19.6-2
OFFENSE 225.3 299.8
TAKE/GIVE -8 -3
DEFENSE 294.8 305.8
SACKS Burgess, Sapp: 2.0 Ekuban: 2.5
INTs Asomugha: 2 Three tied: 1
PUNTING Lechler: 49.6 (2L) Ernster: 44.2
KICKING Janikowski: 17 (5/5 PAT; 4/4 FG) Elam: 25 (4/4 PAT; 7/8 FG)

RAIDERS:

The Raiders were the last club to defeat Denver at Invesco Field (11/28/04) and have won two of the past four. Head coach Art Shell, including one playoff game, has won 11 of 12 games vs. Denver. QB Andrew Walter has a TD pass in each of his first two career starts.

RB LaMont Jordan‘s teams are 4-3 (.571) when he posts 20+ rushes. In those seven games, Jordan has eight total TDs and at least four receptions in six of those seven. Jordan has at least five receptions in four of the past six versus the AFC West.

WR Randy Moss caught his 100th TD pass of career last week. In his past three versus Denver, Moss has 310 receiving yards on 21 receptions (14.8 avg.) with one TD. WR Ronald Curry posted the 2nd-highest career receiving yard total at Denver (110) on 11/28/04.

Offensive guard Barry Sims has made 65 consecutive starts. DE Derrick Burgess has seven 2.0+ sack performances in his past 17 games. In two games against Denver last season, Burgess notched 1.0 sack, four tackles for loss and one forced fumble. The defense has limited Denver RB Tatum Bell to 140 rush yards on 39 carries (3.6-yd avg.) in four career games.

BRONCOS:

Club tied for NFL's longest active home win streak with 12 victories (Seattle). Head coach Mike Shanahan is 17-5 (.739) versus his former team, including 9-2 (.818) at home (LA Raiders head coach for 20 games, 1988-89). Since Shanahan became Denver's head coach (1995), the team has won 116 games - most in NFL during that span.

QB Jake Plummer has reached 93.0+ passer rating in three of his past four games against Oakland. The club has won nine of the past ten games when Plummer passes for 200+ yards.

RB Tatum Bell is averaging 5.0 yards per carry; best among NFL RBs with 75+ rushes. The club has rushed for 140+ yards versus Oakland in nine of the past 20 meetings.

WR Rod Smith has 10 receiving TDs versus Oakland, his most vs. any team. Smith (11,001) is one of three active players with 11,000+ career receiving yards (Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis, 12,773; Isaac Bruce, St. Louis, 12,621).

LB Al Wilson led club with 16 tackles and two passes defensed last week in a win over Baltimore. In the last meeting, safety John Lynch led team with seven tackles, including 1.0 sack and a forced fumble. The club has allowed one TD on the season and has allowed one TD in foes' 11 trips inside the 20 for NFL-best 9.1 TD percentage. They also rank second in the NFL with 8.5 points allowed per game.


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