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Broncos, Briefly: Friday, Sept. 14, 2018

On a team with proven performers in quarterback Case Keenum and receivers Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, the Broncos enter Sunday's game against Oakland content to lean on rookie running backs Royce Freeman and Phillip Lindsay. Both players had 15 carries for 71 yards in the season opening win over Seattle last Sunday.

"We're going to have to play our style to have any type of success against (Oakland)," Musgrave said after practice Thursday. "Our style is a rugged style. We have to play rugged. We have a rugged group."

After one week, the Raiders' run defense ranks 25th (140 yards allowed) in the NFL and the Broncos' rushing offense ranks seventh (146 yards). The Broncos should keep the ball on the ground all day, especially on first down.

Normally I like to see a healthy balance of run and pass on first down. But if the Broncos can do as the Rams did and average more than 5 yards per carry, Keenum will be well set up to protect the football. Keenum can throw quick passes off three steps for the majority of the game if they dominate first down on the ground.

The goal for Denver should be a lofty 175 rushing yards Sunday.

In the regular-season opener against Seattle last week, the Broncos don't win 27-24 if not for McManus. He made field goals of 51 and 53 yards while Seattle's Sebastian Janikowski missed from 46 yards.

Do the math in the Broncos' 3-point victory and McManus won the game.

"D.T. won it with that catch,'' McManus said of Demaryius Thomas' tiptoe, end zone snag for the game- winning score. "I'll take some credit.''

**Broncos tracker: Raiders coach Jon Gruden impressed with Denver’s defense**(Ryan O'Halloran and Kyle Fredrickson, Denver Post)

Rookie first-round pick Kolton Miller started at left tackle in Week 1. What were the reviews on him?

Miller had a hold that negated a 16-yard completion to Cooper, but for the most part he was pretty solid in his NFL debut. The Rams are more of an interior pressure oriented team however with Aaron Donald and Ndumukong Suh. The game in Denver, on the road, is a big, big test. If he can hold up there, the Raiders have something to feel good about.

Woods said the Broncos plan "to do a little bit of everything" to try to slow Cook, but going back to basics will come first. The Broncos missed seven tackles last week, including a couple by Simmons, an otherwise textbook tackler.

"We feel like we do a good job of tackling," Woods said. "I just really felt like the guys were pressing. I don't know. It was the first game, there was a lot of energy, the fans were great, and it just felt like a lot of guys did some things that were uncharacteristic in terms of how they played.