by Inside the Redzone staff – JF
Talk about starting off the season with a bang. One of the bigger rivalry’s in the NFL will be in prime time this year. You can always count on this game being close and coming down to the wire. The Raiders have won the last 3 games in Denver. Look for this game to showcase two new coaches with a love to run the ball.
Raiders Projected Passing, Receiving, and Rushing Touchdowns
The Hue Jackson era has started in Oakland. The former offensive coordinator takes over the reigns. Last year Oakland scored a total of 98 points in 2 games versus the Broncos last year. With Jackson calling the plays for the Raiders, look for him to ground and pound all day long. Last year Darren McFadden had 284 yards rushing and 2 TD’s in two games against the Broncos. We project, McFadden repeats the touchdown performance in one night. DMC will score 2 tonight. His compliment, Michael Bush will score from short distance as well. The Raiders have a young receiving core, look for Jason Campbell to blow the top off of the Denver coverage once to Jacoby Ford for a score.
Broncos Projected Passing, Receiving, and Rushing Touchdowns
Broncos have a new head coach in John Fox. If you know John Fox he likes to have a strong defense and a power running game. With that in mind, look for a strong dose of Knowshon Moreno and Willis McGahee. Moreno might be the starting running back, but look for McGahee to come in on short yardage and goal line carries. We project McGahee for two short touchdown scores. Kyle Orton won the QB competition and will have Brandon Lloyd coming off a breakout year last year. Eddie Royal and Eric Decker are the two other WR’s in the Broncos passing attack. Orton will add another multi-touchdown home game, by hitting Lloyd and Decker tonight for scores.