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Oakland
Raiders
3-12
4th AFC WEST
(1-4)
Sunday, December 28, 2014 - 4:25 PM EST
on CBS Sports
Avg. Yds (Rk)CategoryAvg. Yds (Rk)
209.5 (24th)Pass Off.290.1 (4th)
78.2 (32nd)Rush Off.109.5 (16th)
233.4 (14th)Pass Def.231.7 (12th)
117.9 (21st)Rush Def.80.6 (2nd)
Sports Authority Field
Denver, Colo.
a mixture of sun and clouds. Chilly. 32 F, Wind: 6.60 mph/SW
Denver
Broncos
11-4
1st AFC WEST
(5-0)
 
  • Peyton Manning's record-tying 14th Pro Bowl selection came on the heels of his worst performance in his three seasons with Denver that cost the Broncos a shot at home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

    There's still little concern for coach John Fox, whose club can earn a first-round bye with a seventh straight victory over the visiting Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

    Manning threw four interceptions - the last returned for a touchdown with less than three minutes remaining - in Monday's 37-28 loss at Cincinnati that ended a four-game winning streak for the Broncos (11-4).

    Manning is 38 and looking to become the oldest quarterback in history to win a Super Bowl, a record held by his boss, John Elway. But despite leading the league with 39 touchdown passes, he has just five over his last four games while tossing six picks.

    ''The sky's not falling. We're not getting ready to get rid of our quarterback. He's fine and, we're all going to get better,'' Fox said.

    "The reality is we're going to get an opportunity to compete for the Lombardi Trophy. We're in the playoffs.''

    Denver can guarantee bypassing the wild-card round with a win over the Raiders (3-12), providing an extra week of rest for a squad that has nine Pro Bowlers - its most since having a team-record 10 in 1998 when Elway led the Broncos to their last Super Bowl title.

    Denver also would clinch the No. 2 seed with a Bengals loss to Pittsburgh no matter the outcome of this contest.

    "We won the No. 1 seed two years in a row and we still didn't win (the Super Bowl)," said cornerback Chris Harris Jr., who became the first undrafted cornerback to make the Pro Bowl since Dallas' Everson Walls in 1981. "It doesn't matter how you get to that point, you've just got to win in those big games. Either way it goes, you're still in the tournament and you've still got a chance."

    Denver has taken six straight meetings with the Raiders and Manning has won his last eight starts against them dating to 2004 with Indianapolis. He threw for 340 yards, five touchdowns - two each to Pro Bowler Julius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders - and two interceptions in a 41-17 win at Oakland on Nov. 9.

    C.J. Anderson took over in the backfield for the injured Ronnie Hillman in that contest and finished with 163 total yards and a receiving touchdown. He's second to Pittsburgh's Le'Veon Bell in scrimmage yards per game over the last seven weeks with 135.7.

    Anderson rushed for 90 yards on 13 carries against Oakland, which allowed just 13 yards on the same amount of rushing attempts in last week's 26-24 home win over Buffalo that knocked the Bills out of playoff contention.

    Derek Carr threw for 214 yards and two touchdowns, giving him six with no interceptions over his last three. He leads all rookies in completions (330), passing yards (3,112) and touchdowns (20), and his 11 interceptions are the fewest of any rookie quarterback with at least 500 attempts in NFL history.

    ''(He has) poise and leadership ability,'' offensive tackle Donald Penn said. ''He does it just being himself. It comes natural to him.''

    Carr finished with 192 yards, two touchdowns and two picks in the first meeting with Denver.

    Carr has only a 69.8 passer rating on the road, where the Raiders have gone 0-7. That doesn't include a 38-14 loss to Miami on Sept. 28 in London that counted as a home game on Oakland's schedule.

    The Raiders have lost 10 straight true road games since beating Houston on Nov. 17, 2013.

    ''We've got to learn how to take what we do (at home) and go on the road and do it,'' Carr said. ''We have to take that, the way we can play here against some really good football teams, and do that on the road.

    ''We need to learn how to do that and it's something that we are learning to do. But it just hasn't happened yet. Eventually we'll get it right.''

    Carr was feeling ill at practice Tuesday and was sent home by interim coach Tony Sparano, who thinks Carr will be fine by Sunday.

    ''(Winning on the road is) really the next step,'' Sparano said. ''We have to be able to turn the tide when we're in those situations."

    He believes the Raiders have made major strides in going 3-2 since the winless start.

    "It is what it is at this point, but we're just out there just fighting for each other and this team and this organization," rookie linebacker Khalil Mack said. "It speaks to the veteran leaders in this locker room, as well as the young guys."

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  • Offensive Matchup

    Total Yards
    Per Game
    287.7
    399.7
    Passing Yards
    Per Game
    209.5
    290.1
    Rushing Yards
    Per Game
    78.2
    109.5
    Points Per Game
    15.9
    29.0
    Third Down
    Conversion %
    33.9
    43.9
    Time of
    Possesion
    28:26
    30:25
    Raiders
    Broncos

    Defensive Matchup

    Total Yards
    Per Game
    351.3
    312.3
    Passing Yards
    Per Game
    233.4
    231.7
    Rushing Yards
    Per Game
    117.9
    80.6
    Points Per Game
    27.0
    22.7
    Third Down
    Conversion %
    37.9
    36.7
    Raiders
    Broncos
  • Oakland Injuries
    DatePosPlayerInjuryNFL StatusFantasy News
    12/21/14WRVincent BrownGroinOUTThe Raiders have listed the following players as inactive for Sunday's Week 16 matchup with the Bills:  wide receivers Vincent Brown (groin) and Denarius Moore (knee, ankle), tight end Brian Leonhardt (concussion), cornerback Chimdi Chekwa (hamstring), guard Tony Bergstrom, tackle Menelik Watson and defensive tackle Stacy McGee.
    12/21/14DBChimdi ChekwaHamstringOUTThe Raiders have listed the following players as inactive for Sunday's Week 16 matchup with the Bills:  wide receivers Vincent Brown (groin) and Denarius Moore (knee, ankle), tight end Brian Leonhardt (concussion), cornerback Chimdi Chekwa (hamstring), guard Tony Bergstrom, tackle Menelik Watson and defensive tackle Stacy McGee.
    Denver Injuries
    DatePosPlayerInjuryNFL StatusFantasy News
    12/23/14WREmmanuel SandersBackLEFTBroncos wideout Emmanuel Sanders was limited in practice for the second straight day Thursday due to a hip injury, reports the Denver Post. He's fully expected to start Sunday's game against the Raiders.
    12/22/14RBRonnie HillmanFootOUTBroncos running back Ronnie Hillman was able to practice in full Wednesday for the first time since suffering a left foot injury on Nov. 9, ESPN.com reports.
    12/22/14LBBrandon MarshallFootOUTThe Broncos declared running back Ronnie Hillman (foot), linebacker Brandon Marshall (foot), defensive back Tony Carter, offensive linemen Michael Schofield and Paul Cornick, tight end Dominique Jones and defensive lineman Quanterus Smith inactive for Monday's game at Cincinnati.
    12/22/14DBT.J. WardNeckLEFTBroncos coach John Fox told reporters Tuesday that strong safety T.J. Ward is day to day with a neck strain, per the Denver Post. Ward was knocked out of Monday's game against Cincinnati in the fourth quarter with the injury. MRI and X-rays came back negative, revealing no significant, season-ending damage.
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    DEN -14.5 *
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