Raiders at Broncos preview

The Oakland Raiders mix it up this week with the Denver Raiders in search of their identity. Playing in the tough AFC West offers no relief to their woes.

SERIES

  BRONCOS RAIDERS
SERIES LEADER   53-37-2
STREAKS 6 of past 7  
COACHES VS. OPP. Shanahan: 18-5 Shell: 10-2
LAST WEEK W 31-20 at Steelers L 16-0 at Seahawks
LAST GAME 10/15/06: Raiders 3 at Broncos 13. Denver RB Tatum Bell rushes for 83 yard & 1 TD as Broncos improve to 4-1. Broncos rookie DE Elvis Dumervil registers 2.0 sacks.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/13/05: Broncos 31, Raiders 17. Denver scores on 5 consecutive possessions en route to a 23-0 3rd-quarter lead. Broncos Quarterback Jake Plummer throws for 205 yards & 1 TD.
BROADCAST CBS (1:05 PM PT): Ian Eagle, Solomon Wilcots. SIRIUS: 125 (Den.), 143 (Oak.).

STATS

PASSING Plummer: 117-217-1,385-8-7-72.5 Walter: 86-183-1,091-3-9-51.1
RUSHING T. Bell: 137-612-4.5-2 Jordan: 100-398-4.0-1
RECEIVING Walker: 39-669-17.2-5 (T1C) Moss: 32-447-14.0-3
OFFENSE 314.1 227.9
TAKE/GIVE +4 -9
DEFENSE 321.0 296.1
SACKS Dumervil (R): 6.0 Burgess: 8.0 (T2C)
INTs Bailey: 5 (2L) Asomugha: 3
PUNTING Ernster: 42.1 Lechler: 48.5 (1C)
KICKING Elam: 51 (15/15 PAT; 12/14 FG) Janikowski: 36 (9/9 PAT; 9/10 FG)

RAIDERS:

Club has won two of past three games.

In 1st meeting (Wk 6), quarterback Andrew Walter passed for 189 yards. Walter has thrown all three touchdown passes in 1st half of games.

Running back Justin Fargas has 50+ rushing yards in four of past six games. In previous 38 games, Fargas surpassed 50 yards two times. Running back LaMont Jordan averages 4.9 yards per carry on 219 career November rushes.

Wide receiver Randy Moss has at least five catches in four consecutive games versus Broncos with 70+ receiving yards in each. Wide receiver Ronald Curry is averaging 15.1 yards per catch on 16 receptions.

In past two versus Broncos, defense has not allowed a touchdown pass, has one interception and four sacks. Defense ranks No. 2 in NFL in pass yards allowed per game (159.8). Defensive end Derrick Burgess has 1.0 sack in each of past two versus Denver. Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha is tied for 5th in AFC with three interceptions.

Kicker Sebastian Janikowski (147) needs three field goals to be 4th kicker in club history with 150 for career (Chris Bahr, 162; George Blanda, 156; Jeff Jaeger, 152).

BRONCOS:

Under head coach Mike Shanahan, team is 8-3 (.727) at Oakland. Since Shanahan arrived in Denver (1995), Broncos are NFL's best in November games with a 32-11 (.744) record.

Quarterback Jake Plummer is 6-1 (.857) as starter versus Raiders since joining Broncos in '03. Against AFC West since '03, Plummer is 15-5 (.750).

Rushing offense ranks No. 3 in NFL (150.3). Running back Tatum Bell has 13 rushing touchdowns and needs 2 more to surpass Bobby Humphrey (14) for 10th most in team history. Bell stands 7th in AFC with 612 rush yards. Rookie running back Mike Bell has led team in rush attempts in consecutive games.

Wide receiver Javon Walker has seven 1st downs on right career receptions versus Oakland (2 games) and has 31 catches of 25+ yards in 56 career games (55.4 pct.). Wide receiver Rod Smith has 10 career touchdown catches versus Raiders – his most versus one team. Smith (825) needs 3 catches to surpass Larry Centers (827) for 11th place on NFL's all-time receiving list.

Defense has allowed seven touchdowns through eight games; NFL record for fewest in 16-game schedule is 18 (2000 Ravens). Cornerback Champ Bailey has interception in four of past five games.


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