In the last few years there hasn't been an opportunity like this in week one for the Raiders. On Sunday two of the four teams in the AFC West lost their games. The Chiefs fell to New England, and the Chargers lost in the final seconds to the Panthers, leaving tonights game with more emphasis than what was thought.
The Broncos come into town looking like the "Broncos," except they will be playing with a more depleted WR corps than ours. With Brandon Marshall out, our number one corner is now covering a 2, and our 2 is going to have an easy night on a number 3 WR. This will make them more inclined to run the ball. If we can stop the run like I predict they can, it will leave the win on Russell's shoulders.
In order to control the clock tonight the Raiders will need great play out of our running backs. Darren McFadden will need to stay in bounds on his long runs up the sidelines, and Bush will need to make key contributions in short yardage plays. We know what Fargas can bring so we will say he needs to come out fired up for the game.
The other side of our offense will rely on smart plays from second year QB JaMarcus Russell, this is his game to win. His options are there, so he needs to make smart throws, so look for him to be dumping the ball off to our backs as well as his favorite target Zach Miller. The passing game will be minimized tonight, so when he does throw, we need a stellar performance from our line.
If these things happen tonight we will be sitting atop of our division going to Kansas City next week, who is without Brady Croyle. Things are looking good, so to all the Nation, this is me signing out. I will see you at the game, "Let's rock the House."