Broncos Country – It’s Raiders week, all of the orange Raider Haters will be swarming to Las Vegas this Sunday for an afternoon kickoff. Every AFC West game will be crucial for Denver to get to where they want to be this season; the playoffs. The Raiders are holding onto dear life as they are 0-3 and staring 0-4 in the face, against a feisty Broncos Defense.
Pat Surtain II
The young star Surtain II has looked great against WR’s including DK Metcalf and Brandon Aiyuk. He held Metcalf to 36 yards in the season opener. And didn’t allow a single reception, after being targeted six times on SNF against the 49ers.
The Raiders have a solid group of WR’s led by arguably the best in the league Davante Adams. Outside of a monster performance against the Chargers week one, QB Derek Carr hasn’t gotten Adams the ball as much as Las Vegas would like. With the season on the line, you can guarantee Adams will get a hefty dose of targets. Surtain II is not seen as a NFL star YET. This is obviously a huge test for the young corner, but he will have a lock up game against one of the NFL’s best. Surtain II will get an INT this game.
While Sutton doesn’t have any touchdowns this season, he is the clear WR1 on this offense. He is fifth in the NFL with 291 receiving yards. Which is extremely impressive, considering how this offense has looked to start the season. He is certainly Wilson’s most trusted and targeted WR so far and that will not change on Sunday.
The Raiders may be missing their starting CB’s Nate Hobbs and Rock Ya-Sin. Nate Hobbs is in concussion protocol and Rock Ya-Sin suffered a significant knee strain. It is questionable whether they will be active for Sunday. We hope that those two have healthy recoveries. For the Broncos, it would be a big deal in the passing game if they were not playing Sunday. Whether they are playing or not though, Sutton will most likely have a big time game. Sutton will get into the end-zone at least once and over 100 yards.
It is clear that the coaching staff likes Gordon. Javonte Williams is first on the depth chart, but he only has three more carries than Gordon up to this point. Williams is averaging almost a yard more than Gordon on 37 carries, Williams averages 4.8, and the former Wisconsin Badger averages 3.9. However, it is a little bit of a different situation that they are put in.
Gordon is clearly the man that they want to go to in the red-zone. He has better career stats near the goal-line than Williams. At the same time, he has been given more opportunities to average better stats at the goal-line than Javonte.
He has one touchdown on the year which was this past week against the 49ers. When Denver needed a touchdown, who did they put their trust in; Melvin. That won’t change this week and he will see opportunities to get into the end-zone.
If I was on this coaching staff, I would make a strong case to give Javonte Williams more carries, I truly don’t understand why he isn’t getting those carries. Melvin Gordon fumbled once again twice on SNF, but luckily got bailed out both times. They will continue to go to Gordon this week, even if Broncos Country doesn’t necessarily agree with the thought process.
There’s no way you can ignore it; this offense has not looked good up to this point. There also is no way of ignoring how desperate the Josh McDaniels led Raiders are after starting the season 0-3. However, they could easily be 2-1. And honestly, the Broncos could easily be 1-2 and even 0-3. That can go for all teams, good ones finish late in games. The Raiders are not a good team.
This is the week Broncos Country. I have Denver finally getting over the offensive hump and scoring 34 points. Ultimately, Las Vegas will start fast, but a Surtain II INT will switch the momentum. The Broncos will take over to win 34-26. I hope we get to see Josh McDaniels heated up, screaming, veins popping out of his head, and acting like a child who didn’t get what he wanted on the sideline. Broncos Country – let’s ride, and kick these Raiders in the mouth to essentially end their season.
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