The Oakland Raiders return home for a divisional matchup in prime time as they face the Denver Broncos on NBC's Sunday Night Football at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on Sunday, Nov. 6 at 5:30 p.m. PT. With the two teams tied atop the AFC West, this marks the first meeting of the year between the division rivals, with the second one coming in the season finale in Week 17. The game will mark the Raiders' first scheduled Sunday night game since 2006. Overall, the team is 17-18 in Sunday night contests since 1978. Last week, the Raiders won an overtime game at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Broncos beat the San Diego Chargers in Denver.
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Date:Sunday, Nov. 6Kickoff:5:30 p.m. PTSite:Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum (1966)Capacity/Surface:56,055/Overseeded BermudaRegular Season:Raiders lead, 60-49-2
Postseason:Series tied lead, 1-1
In a wild game in Tampa, the Raiders emerged with another road victory after tying a franchise record with 626 total net yards. QB Derek Carr led the way for the Silver and Black, setting a franchise record with 513 yards on 40-of-59 passing and four touchdowns. WRs Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree both went over the 100-yard receiving mark for the first time since Week 2 of 2015. Cooper turned in career highs in both receptions (12) and receiving yards (173) to go along with one touchdown, and Crabtree posted eight receptions for 108 yards. With the game tied in overtime, WR Seth Roberts caught a pass over the middle of the field on a fourth-and-3, broke two tackles and raced 41 yards for the walkoff touchdown. TE Mychal Rivera hauled in his first touchdown of the season, tying the game with 1:38 remaining in the fourth quarter. In his first game against his former team, T Donald Penn reported as an eligible receiver and caught his fourth career touchdown pass for Oakland's first touchdown of the day. On defense, DE Khalil Mack was disruptive throughout the game, recording seven tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble. After Sunday's game, the Raiders will have their bye week, while the Broncos will travel to New Orleans to play the Saints.
D.C. MAKES HISTORY
In last week's thrilling overtime win over Tampa Bay, QB Derek Carr threw for 513 passing yards on 40-of-59 passing (67.8 percent) for a passer rating of 117.4 in the team's 30-24 victory. Here are some quick notes on Carr's outing:
• Carr set a franchise single-game record with 513 passing yards, breaking a mark that stood since 1964.
• Carr's 500-yard passing game was just the 20th such game in NFL history.
• Carr became the third youngest quarterback in NFL history to throw for 500 yards in a game.
• Carr became just the third quarterback in NFL history to throw for 500 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions in a game.
• Carr's 379 passing yards in the second half and overtime are the most by any quarterback since at least 1991.
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Overview: The Broncos entered 2016 with their 24-year coaching veteran, Head Coach Gary Kubiak, manning the ship after leading his team to a Super Bowl 50 victory in his first season as head coach. Kubiak has started with the best winning percentage of any Broncos head coach and sees his club sit tied atop the division once again following a Week 8 victory at home against the San Diego Chargers. The Broncos, 6-2, enter Sunday's matchup on a two-game win streak in a clash that will determine who earns the outright division lead in the AFC West.
Offense: Now in his second year with Denver, former seventhround pick QB Trevor Siemian has led his team to a hot start, tied for the division lead with the Raiders. Through eight games, Siemian has thrown for eight touchdowns and four interceptions while posting a passer rating of 87.1. Lined up on the outsides for the new signal caller are WRs Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas. Sanders leads the team in both catches (44) and yards (567), while Thomas leads in touchdown receptions (4). With former RB C.J. Anderson being placed on the Reserve/Injured list, rookie RB Devontae Booker has tallied 298 yards on the ground this season while punching it into the end zone two times.
Defense: The Broncos returned many parts of their championship defense from a year ago, and through the first half of the season, it has showed. Denver's defense ranks third overall in yards per game (301.3 avg.) and boasts the number one ranked passing defense in the league (183.9 avg.). The team also ranks first in sacks, led by sixth-year All-Pro OLB Von Miller and his 8.5 sacks that are good for second most in 2016. CB Aqib Talib is tied for third in the NFL with three interceptions, bringing one back for a touchdown, and S T.J. Ward leads the team with 52 tackles.
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• Raiders Head Coach Jack Del Rio coached for the Denver Broncos as the defensive coordinator for three seasons from 2012-2014. Del Rio also served as the interim head coach for Weeks 10-13 of the 2013 season in Denver, compiling a 3-1 record.
• Broncos defensive coordinator Wade Phillips was Raiders Head Coach Jack Del Rio's defensive coordinator/interim head coach when Del Rio was a player with the New Orleans Saints in 1985.
• Raiders offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave played quarterback for the Denver Broncos from 1995-1996, backing up Broncos Executive VP of Football Operations/General Manager John Elway. Musgrave also played for Broncos Head Coach Gary Kubiak (quarterbacks coach) on the San Francisco 49er's Super Bowl XXIX Championship Team.
• Raiders assistant defensive backs Rod Woodson participated in the Denver Broncos' Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship in 2014.
• Broncos quarterbacks/passing game coordinator Greg Knapp competed in several training camps as a quarterback for the Raiders from 1987-1990. Knapp returned as the Raiders' offensive coordinator from 2007-2008 and again in 2012.
• Broncos outside linebackers coach Fred Pagac began his NFL coaching career as the Raiders linebackers coach for three seasons from 2001-2003, where he helped lead Oakland to Super Bowl XXXVII. Pagnac also worked with Raiders offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave from 2011-2013 with the Minnesota Vikings.
• Broncos assistant offensive line coach James Cregg served in the same capacity for the Raiders from 2007-2008.
• Broncos defensive backs coach Joe Woods held the same position with the Raiders in 2014.
• Broncos quarterbacks/passing game coordinator Greg Knapp played at Sacramento State before starting his coaching career there as a running backs coach (1986-1988), wide receivers coach (1989- 1990) and the assistant head coach/offensive coordinator (1991- 1994).
• Raiders LB Cory James attended Colorado State for four seasons, playing three years with both Broncos G Ty Sambrailo and RB Kapri Bibbs (2012-2014), and two seasons with OLB Shaquil Barrett (2012- 2013).
• Raiders QB Connor Cook and LB Shilique Calhoun both spent two years (2011-2012) together with Broncos WR Bennie Fowler III at Michigan State where won the Outback Bowl against Georgie in 2011 and the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl against TCU in 2012.
• Raiders offensive quality control coach Nick Holz went to De La Salle High School during the school's national-record 151-game winning streak. Broncos S T.J. Ward, born in San Francisco, also contributed to De La Salle's historic streak, playing in three consecutive national championship squads (2001-2003) as a reserve defensive back. Additionally, Raiders CB TJ Carrie and Raiders FB/RB Jamize Olawale also played at De La Salle.
• Raiders offensive quality control coach Nick Holz was a wide receiver at Colorado from 2003-2006, also serving as the team's holder.
• Broncos TE Virgil Green is from Tulare, Calif., where he attended Tulare Union High School before going to the University of Nevada.
• Broncos RB Devontae Booker is a native of Sacramento, Calif., where he attended Grant Union High School and helped his team to the CIF State Open Division state title as a junior.