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Broncos at Raiders: What to Watch For

Posted Dec 6, 2012

A list of notable facts and figures entering Thursday night's game at Oakland.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Below are notable facts and figures entering the Week 14 divisional matchup between Denver and Oakland.

SERIES HISTORY

The rivalry between the Broncos and Raiders dates back to 1960, when Denver defeated Oakland at home by a score of 31-14 in their first ever matchup. Fifty-two years later, Oakland owns a 59-43-2 advantage in the series.

Denver has won the last two contests between the clubs -- a 37-6 home victory in Week 4 and a 38-24 win at Oakland last year.

Prior to that, however, Oakland had won four straight.

HISTORY ON THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

Denver owns a 6-9 all-time record in games played on Thursdays, including a 3-2 mark in contests on NFL Network's Thursday Night Football.

The Broncos played the first-ever game on NFL Network, losing a Thanksgiving matchup with the Kansas Cityt Chiefs by a score of 19-10 on Nov. 23, 2006.

Denver is currently riding a three-game winning streak on Thursdays, including a 17-13 win over the N.Y. Jets on Nov. 17 last season.

LOOKING FOR EIGHT STRAIGHT

The Broncos' current seven-game winning streak is the fourth-longest such streak in team history. The stretch also represents an NFL-record eight personal seven-game winning streaks for quarterback Peyton Manning.

IMPRESSIVE PERFORMANCES AGAINST OAKLAND

  • Safety Mike Adams recorded seven tackles, one of his five career sacks and two passes defensed when his Cleveland Browns hosted Oakland in 2009.
  • Cornerback Champ Bailey intercepted Oakland twice and forced a fumble the last time the Broncos and Raiders met at O.co Coliseum. In 16 games against Oakland - all as a Bronco - Bailey has six interceptions, 15 passes defensed and 64 tackles. His record is 10-6 in those games.
  • Wide receiver Eric Decker has scored a touchdown in each of his last two contests against Oakland, totaling 128 yards on 10 receptions.
  • Tight end Joel Dreessen has caught a touchdown in his last three games against Oakland - one with the Broncos in Week 4, and one each in 2010 and 2011 when his Texans played the Raiders. In 2011, Dreessen set career highs with 112 receiving yards and a 56-yard touchdown reception.
  • Defensive end Elvis Dumervil owns five multi-sack games against Oakland. He is 7-3 in his career against the Broncos' rival.
  • Quarterback Peyton Manning has won his last four matchups against the Raiders. In his first game as a part of the rivalry, Manning completed 30-of-38 passes for 338 yards and three touchdowns for a quarterback rating of 130.0.

NOTEWORTHY NUMBERS

  • The Broncos rank in the top five in three major offensive categories: yards per game (386.9, 5th), yards per play (5.9, 5th) and points per game (29.1, 3rd).
  • The Broncos run the ball for 103.2 yards per game (22nd), while the Raiders run the ball for 82.8 yards per game (29th).
  • Denver averages 283.7 passing yards per game, while Oakland averages 278.9 passing yards per game.
  • The Broncos are sixth and fourth in the NFL in third-down conversion percentage (43.6) and red zone touchdown percentage (61.4), respectively. The Raiders are 27th (33.9%) and 28th (41.2%) in those same categories.
  • Denver's offense has 22 turnovers on the year and has a turnover margin of -3, while the Raiders have turned the ball over 21 times and have a turnover margin of -6.
  • Defensively, Denver ranks third in yards per game (308.2) and yards per play (4.6). The Raiders defense ranks on the other end of the spectrum in those categories, allowing 387 yards of offense per game (28th) and surrendering 6.1 yards per play (31st).
  • The Denver defense surrenders 20.3 points per game (9th), while Oakland's opponents score 31.3 points per game (32nd).
  • The Raiders have recovered seven of the 12 fumbles the defense has forced, while the Broncos have recovered five of 18 loose balls.
  • The Broncos allow opponents to score touchdowns on 61.8% of their trips into the red zone (T-27th). The Raiders give up touchdowns 63.4% (30th) of the time their opponent reaches the red zone.

ANY-MINUTE MILESTONES

  • Cornerback Champ Bailey needs one interception to tie Tyrone Braxton (34) for the fourth-most in franchise history. Bailey is also one pass defensed shy of 200 for his career.
  • Cornerback Omar Bolden needs one special-teams tackle to become the 13th Broncos rookie since 1994 to record at least 10 special-teams stops.
  • Safety Mike Adams needs five tackles to match his career high of 68, set with the San Francisco 49ers in 2005.
  • Tight end Joel Dreessen needs seven receptions to match his career high of 36 set with Houston in 2010.
  • With eight touchdown receptions on the year, wide receiver Eric Decker is one shy of setting a new career high.
  • Defensive end Elvis Dumervil needs one forced fumble to pass Dennis Smith for the most by a Bronco in a single season since the statistic was tracked beginning in 1984.
  • Wide receiver Trindon Holliday needs one return touchdown to become the third player in Broncos history with at least three special-teams return scores in a single season.
  • With a win, Manning will post his 12th career 10-win season, extending his own NFL record.
  • Linebacker Von Miller needs two sacks to tie defensive end Elvis Dumervil for the most single-season sacks in franchise history.
  • Linebacker Wesley Woodyard needs three tackles to reach the century mark for the first time in his five-year career.

FAMILIAR FACES

  • Raiders Head Coach Dennis Allen served as the Broncos defensive coordinator in 2011.
  • Oakland guard Cooper Carlisle played 956 games in seven seasons with Denver from 2000-06.
  • Broncos Head Coach John Fox was the Raiders defensive coordinator in Los Angeles and Oakland for two seasons in 1994 and 1995.

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