NFL Game Previews: Broncos-Raiders Matchup
NFL Game Previews: Broncos-Raiders Matchup

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Denver at Oakland (+3), 43.0 o/u – Monday, 8:15 p.m. EST

The Story: What more fitting matchup for the final game of Jason Witten's rookie season as a broadcaster than a titanic battle between 6-8 and 3-11 teams? The Broncos have lost two straight (and to the 49ers and Browns, for added insult) to squash whatever faint playoff hopes they might have been nursing, That slide coincided with the loss of Emmanuel Sanders, as without any kind of threat through the air, defenses have just stacked the box against Phillip Lindsay and dared Case Keenum to beat them. He hasn't. The Raiders did upset the Steelers a couple of weeks ago, but that appears to be the last of whatever fighting spirit they might have had left given their limp performance against the Bengals afterwards. What's worse, Derek Carr continues to play relatively error-free football – he hasn't thrown an INT since Week 5 – and has probably convinced John Gruden that he's capable of being his franchise QB. That opinion may change once Oakland locks up one of the top picks in the 2019 draft and he starts digging into the tape on Dwayne Haskins, Justin Herbert etc., but if Gruden does decide to hitch his wagon to Carr, things could be pretty bleak in whatever stadium they play in next year, no matter how much talent they add in April to surround him with.

The Skinny:
DEN injuries: WR Courtland Sutton (questionable, quad);

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Erik Siegrist
Erik Siegrist is an FSWA award-winning columnist who covers all four major North American sports (that means the NHL, not NASCAR) and whose beat extends back to the days when the Nationals were the Expos and the Thunder were the Sonics. He was the inaugural champion of Rotowire's Staff Keeper baseball league. His work has also appeared at Baseball Prospectus.
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