Oakland is coming off an impressive game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, as they came away with the 34-31 win in front of their home crowd. Carson Palmer had a solid performance, as he threw for three touchdowns and 209 yards while completing 71% of his passes. However, as good as Palmer played, it was really the perfomance of running back Darren McFadden that truly brought a smile to Raider fans. He broke off for a 64-yard touchdown in the 1st quarter, and continued his dominant performance throughout the game, as he carried the ball 18 times for 113 yards. The Raiders hope that “D-Mac” can keep up his efficient play this afternoon in Denver.
If McFadden and the offense can play well, it should lighten the load for the Raiders’ defense, as they will have their hands full with Peyton Manning. The 15-year veteran has thrown for 824 yards and five touchdowns in his first year with the Broncos, and it seems like he has fully recovered from his neck injury that sidelined him for all of last season. Denver may have a losing record, but with Manning leading the charge, it’s always going to be a battle.
And Oakland knows it.
“Peyton is arguably one of the best quarterbacks to play this game,” said Raiders’ strong safety Tyvon Branch. I think most people would agree with him.
The Raiders will be without starting wideout Darrius Heyward-Bey, after suffering a concussion and strained neck on a vicious hit by Steelers safety Ryan Mundy. The play was not penalized, but Mundy was later fined $21,000. Darrius was carted off the field.
Among the players who are listed as questionable for Oakland are RB Mike Goodson (hamstring), TE Richard Gordon (hamstring), TE Brandon Myers (concussion), and WR Rod Streater (eye, neck).
Also, some key names have been listed as probable, such as: RB Darren McFadden (shoulder), S Michael Huff (knee), K Sebastian Janikowski (left groin), DT Tommy Kelly (knee), and DT Richard Seymour (knee).