Oakland Raiders begin preparation for Week 2 against the Denver Broncos


The Oakland Raiders will make their first road trip of the 2018 regular season when they travel to Denver to face the division rival Broncos at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. The Week 2 contest will mark the earliest matchup between the two clubs since 2012 and will take place on Sept. 16 at 1:25 p.m. The two AFC West teams will meet once again later in the season for a Monday Night Football matchup on Christmas Eve in Oakland, Calif. Last season, the two clubs split a two-game season series, with each team winning on their home turf.

Last week, the Raiders fell to the Los Angeles Rams at home on Monday Night Football by a final score of 13-33. TE Jared Cook paced the offense with nine receptions and a league-high 180 yards. Seven of his nine receptions went for first downs, also tying for the most in the NFL in Week 1, while he also registered a 45- yard reception, his longest since Week 11 of the 2016 season.

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The Setting
Date: Sunday, September 16, 2018
Kickoff: 1:25 p.m. PT
Site: Bronco Stadium at Mile High
Capacity/Surface: 76,125/Natural Grass
Regular Season: Raiders lead, 62-51-2
Postseason: Series tied, 1-1

On defense, DE Bruce Irvin recorded the team's first sack of the year and notched a forced fumble while doing so. Irvin's 11 forced fumbles since joining the team in 2016 are an NFL best, as he is also one of just two players to record at least 15.0 sacks and 10 forced fumbles during that span.

Here are some notable connections between the Raiders and the Broncos.

-Broncos offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave served as the Raiders' offensive coordinator from 2015-16, helping the unit rank sixth in total offense in 2016. Musgrave also began his coaching career with the Raiders, serving as the team's quarterbacks coach in 1997.

-Broncos defensive coordinator Joe Woods served as the Raiders' defensive backs coach in 2014.

-Raiders quarterback coach Brian Callahan spent six seasons in Denver holding multiple positions during his tenure – coaching assistant (2010), quality control – offense (2011-12), offensive assistant (2013-14) and offensive assistant/quarterbacks (2015).

-Broncos defensive backs coach Marcus Robertson spent three seasons with the Raiders, serving as the assistant defensive backs coach in 2014 before being promoted to defensive backs coach from 2015- 16.

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Broadcast Information (Television)
Play-by-play: Greg Gumbel
Color Analyst: Trent Green & Bruce Arians
Sideline/Field: Melanie Collins
Producer: Ken Mack
Director: Suzanne Smith

The Broncos took on the Seattle Seahawks at home and defeated the club by a final score of 27-24 last week, putting them in a tie for first place within the division with the Kansas City Chiefs, who beat the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 1, 38-28. Next week, the Silver and Black will make their way to South Beach to face the Miami Dolphins. It will mark the second consecutive season the team travels to Miami, while also looking to claim their second victory in a row over the Dolphins following a 27-24 win on Sunday Night Football in 2017. The Broncos will break from their two game homestand and head to the East Coast to face the Baltimore Ravens.

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Broadcast Information (Radio)
Raiders Radio Network
Flagship: 740 KCBS
Play-by-play: Brent Musburger
Color Analyst: Lincoln Kennedy
Sideline: Chris Townsend
Spanish Flagship: La Z 1490-AM/107.5-FM
Play-by-play: Fernando Arias
Color Analyst: Ambrosio Rico

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