Raiders cornerback TORY JAMES was a Bronco from 1996-99 and knows the rivalry between the clubs runs deep.
"The whole team got up for the Raiders," says James. "If we only won one game, the Raiders were the team we wanted to beat."
Oakland has not won in Denver since 1994, and in the past three years, no game in the season series has been decided by more than 10 points.
The Broncos (6-2), coming off a bye, are tied with San Diego for first in the AFC West. The Raiders are symbolic of the "streaky" nature of the NFL season so far. They won their first four, and now have lost their last four.
"At this point, we don't have a choice but to respond," says Raiders cornerback Woodson. "We are on a skid now, and the only way to get off that skid is to win a ballgame. We've got to regroup this week, just concentrate and stay disciplined. We can't hold our heads down and let the season go down the drain."
It could be a classic Raiders-Broncos battle. Oakland arrives in the Rockies with the NFL's top offense and rushing game. The Broncos have the league's No. 3 defense and No. 1 rush defense.