Dec 6, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden (20) warms up before the game against the Denver Broncos at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders: Matchups to Exploit Against Broncos

Beating good teams like the Denver Broncos takes proper planning.  What are some possible matchups the Oakland Raiders can seize on?

Khalil Mack and Sio Moore against Peyton Manning

Beating Peyton Manning at anything is always a challenge.  There is a reason the 37-year old is a future Hall of Famer.  However, he is not without his weaknesses.  One thing that has cropped up over the years is how Manning can struggle at times to deal with defenses that can mix up their fronts.  In this manner Peyton doesn’t know where the pressure is coming from.  The Oakland Raiders seem to have picked up on this idea because they now have two linebackers on their defense in Sio Moore and Khalil Mack who can rush the passer.  This will allow the Raiders to move them around, confusing Manning and with luck forcing him to hold the football long enough to make a mistake.

James Jones against Bradley Roby

The Denver Broncos signed cornerback Aqib Talib to cover the best receiver of every opponent they face.  That means Rod Streater will likely draw the matchup.  At the same time, Oakland has a chance to find the mismatch elsewhere.  In free agency they added veteran receiver James Jones who had lots of success in Green Bay.  Early projections hint the Broncos may end up starting rookie 1st round pick Bradley Roby on the other side of Talib.  While Roby has athletic talent, so does Jones who also has experience playing against NFL-caliber corners.  That is a matchup the Raiders should look to early and often for big plays.

Darren McFadden against Nate Irving

One free agent loss that many are overlooking regarding the Broncos is linebacker Wesley Woodyard.  He was great to have on the field because he could tackle but also had the speed to play pass coverage.  With him gone, Denver is left with fourth-year man Nate Irving to play in the middle.  Stopping the run isn’t a problem for him, but tapes has shown he can be exploited through the air.  For the Oakland Raiders, that will mean finding ways to attack him when he’s on the field.  Darren McFadden, their much-maligned running back, could be key since he is a threat as a receiver out of the backfield.

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Tags: Darren McFadden James Jones Khalil Mack Oakland Raiders Peyton Manning Sio Moore

  • Jose Espinosa

    I hope raiders can crush the broncos

    • KloverJane

      We have before and will again.

  • Bevan Ryken

    I’m hoping the raiders can be effective this year. But if the are not, they WILL be effective in the years to come!

    • Demarkus Tramail Swan

      What yrs? 2250-2260? Our great great great grand kids will Luv IT!!

      • Rees Britton

        GET A LIFE!!!

  • Demarkus Tramail Swan

    Sio?More like DA’s boy Miles Burris & Mack vs Manning. Yup, Moore will get the TP TREATMENT THIS SEASON FOR HE WILL BE THE BACKUP TO BURRIS, I told u guys long ago DA was BIASED, hopefully now you will see the TRUTH.

    • AnthonyMills

      I agree letting tp go is going to bite da Derek Carr Omg look at the genetics ( brother David gun shy) let’s hope da has pulled his head out of his a@$. :)

      • Nick

        Let’s compare family members. Rices son should have been first in the draft cuz his dad was the greatest so he’s gotta be too. And the Manning brothers are like a mirror image of each other. Burnett bros are the same. Who else. Don’t be an idiot.

        • AnthonyMills

          Eat me slow and deep Nick fuzz ball

          • Nick

            Ok smart guy

    • Raider Grant

      Sio Moore will get his, trust that!! Allen doesn’t start Sio, Allen can pack his SHIT ! Go Raiders

  • Raider Grant

    F-orget the Broncos! Just play lights out D & spank the Denver Donkeys!

  • JKingWS

    The Raiders should’ve drafted Star Lotulelei instead of that bum D.J. Haden and signed Paul Soliai in this years free agency.