Gridiron Gab Week Fifteen Preview – Denver at Oakland

59-14.  It’s there in front of everyone, the thorough whooping that the Oakland Raiders gave the Donkeys last time they played.  It started the downfall of the Donkeys and their eventual firing of their head coach, and gave the Raiders momentum for their first 3 game winning streak in nearly a decade.  The Raiders have already seen the Chargers win and will know if the Chiefs will have won or lost before they play.  Will they meet expectation and steam roll the Donkeys, or continue their up-and-down season by playing down to the level of the Donkeys?  Let’s review how they win…

Give DMC the Ball 25 times

He is 2nd behind Arian Foster for all purpose yards even though he missed 2 games.  He ran all around the Donkeys the last time they played.  If the Raiders are 8-5 instead of 6-7, he is in the MVP conversation.  The Donkeys gave Tim Hightower a career game and did not play with any passion for their interim head coach.  Get DMC the ball 25 times, screens, draws, wildcat, it doesn’t matter how.  Let him touch and see him go.

Shut down Moreno

New coach is the RB coach.  Think he’ll try  to establish the run?  With Orton hurting, Tebow possibly playing significant time, they are going to try to establish Knowshown Moreno all day.  The Raiders run d gave up big plays last week (2 runs accounted for 100 of the Jaguars 234 rushing yards), they are going to have to play their lanes and control the line of scrimmage.

Leave the Champ Alone

A pick 6, any turnover at all, can quickly give the Donkeys momentum.  Don’t tempt fate, get the run game going, use your FB and TE’s to get into the middle of the field, and then use play-action pass to get the ball down the field.  But do not, do not, make it a point to test Champ Bailey.  Let him rot in the Broncos secondary.

Get the Snowball Effect Going Quickly

Rain is on the horizon for the Sunday, so that means a game that didn’t sell out will most likely have even a few less fans.  The Raiders have to go into this game right off the bat for the kill, because they will not have a large home-field advantage.  Get on the Donkeys from the get go, if Captain Virgin (Tebow) starts, just go on the attack.

The Donkeys remember the 59 point thrashing and will come into this game motivated, but then again they have only won once since the Raiders game.  The Raiders have dominated the AFC West, and I don’t see how the Donkeys win this game unless…as I said earlier this week, if Tom Cable loses this game, he won’t be back next year.  So the unless… is if he doesn’t get them motivated to play this game.  Will they?

Raiders 33 Broncos 17


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