Raiders Open AFC West Slate Against Broncos

Photos of the Raiders and Broncos' AFC West rivalry throughout the years.

The Oakland Raiders return home this week after two games on the road to take on the AFC West-rival Denver Broncos on Sunday, Oct. 11 at 1:25 p.m. PT at Coliseum. Sunday's game marks the first divisional game of the year for the Silver and Black and the first of two match-ups with the Broncos this year, as the second one will take place in Denver on Dec. 13. The Broncos won both of the contests a season ago. Oakland will not play another divisional game at home until Dec. 6 against the Kansas City Chiefs. Last week, the Raiders dropped their second game of the season, a last-second defeat at the hands of the Bears in Chicago, 20-22. Denver extended its winning streak in Week 4 with a victory at home against the Minnesota Vikings, 23-20.



Date:Sunday, Oct. 11

Kickoff:1:25 p.m. PT Coliseum (1966)

Capacity/Surface:56,063/Overseeded Bermuda

Regular Season:Raiders lead, 59-48-2

Postseason:Series tied, 1-1



At Soldier Field in Week 4, the Raiders and Bears played a hard-fought game that came down to the final possession, when Bears K Robbie Gould connected on a 49-yard field goal with :02 remaining to lift Chicago. After posting five sacks in Week 3, the Raiders added another three against the Bears. LB Aldon Smith got his first sack in Silver and Black, while DE Khalil Mack recorded his third sack of 2015 and DE Justin Tuck got his first of the year. S Charles Woodson posted an interception for the second straight week, the 62nd of his career. QB Derek Carr led the offense with 196 yards on 20-of-33 passing and two touchdowns. WR Michael Crabtree fought through an injury to lead the team with five receptions for 80 yards, while WR Amari Cooper hauled in his second touchdown reception of the season. RB Roy Helu, Jr. had an impact on the game, scoring his first touchdown as a member of the Silver and Black, a 4-yarder. RB Latavius Murray led the team's ground attack with 49 rushing yards.

Following Sunday's contest, the Raiders will have their bye week. In Week 7, they will face the San Diego Chargers on the road. Denver will travel to face the Cleveland Browns next week.


"It's a week-to-week league. Some days you sit up here [on Monday] and you feel really good about what occurred the day before, but regardless, you have to dial in the next opponent. There is a lot of talent throughout the league, a lot of really good coaches that scheme you, and you've got to get ready. Certainly, our first division opponent coming in, a home game, which adds a little something to the game. We'll be busy with our preparation getting ready for next. ... A really good football team coming in. They're one of the top teams going in the league. They've been on top of this division for a while and it will be a heck of a ballgame."

- Raiders Head Coach Jack Del Rio







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Pro Connections

• Raiders Head Coach Jack Del Rio worked 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.

• Raiders offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave played quarterback for the Denver Broncos from 1995-1996.

• Raiders assistant defensive backs Rod Woodson participated in the Denver Broncos' Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship in 2014.

• Broncos offensive assistant/quarterbacks coach Brian Callahan's father, Bill Callahan, was the Raiders' offensive coordinator from 1998-2001 and the head coach from 2002-2003, leading the team to an appearance in Super Bowl XXXVII in 2002.

• 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. Pagac 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 DE Antonio Smith played for the Raiders in 2014, making 16 starts and posting 36 tackles (19 solo) and three sacks.

• Broncos DE Vance Walker played for the Raiders in 2013, starting in all 15 games, and tallying a career-high 40 tackles (29 solo).


College Connections**

• Raiders S Charles Woodson (fourth overall) and Broncos QB Peyton Manning (first overall) are two of just three active NFL players (Colts QB Matt Hasselbeck, sixth round) selected in the 1998 draft. Woodson beat out Manning for the 1997 Heisman Trophy with approximately 150 more first-place votes.

• 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).

• Broncos DE Malik Jackson and Raiders TE Mychal Rivera were teammates from 2010-2011 at Tennessee. Jackson also played two seasons (2008-2009) at USC where he played with Raiders LB Malcolm Smith and was coached by Raiders defensive coordinator Ken Norton, Jr. and Raiders defensive line coach Jethro Franklin.

Hometown Connections

• Raiders quality control - offense Nick Holz and Broncos offensive assistant/QBs Brian Callahan were teammates at De La Salle High School during the school's national-record 151-game winning streak. Callahan went on to coach quarterbacks (2008-2009) and serve as the offensive coordinator (2009) at Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo, Calif. Broncos S T.J. Ward, born in San Francisco, also contributed to De La Salle's historic streak. Additionally, Raiders CB TJ
Carrie and Raiders FB/RB Jamize Olawale also played at De La Salle.

• Raiders quality control - offense Nick Holz was a wide receiver at Colorado from 2003-2006, also serving as the team's holder.

• Broncos RB C.J. Anderson is from Vallejo, Calif., where he attended Bethel High School. Anderson went on to play two seasons at Cal (2011-2012) after transferring from Laney College in downtown Oakland.


Overview: Head Coach Gary Kubiak has yet to lose a game in his first season at the helm of the Denver Broncos, with the defending AFC West champions boasting a 4-0 record heading into Week 5. Kubiak, who owns a 65-64 career record (.504) as a head coach, is attempting to lead the Broncos to a fifth straight AFC West crown. Already 1-0 within the division this season, Denver will square off with the Raiders for the first time in 2015 after a 23-20 win at home against Minnesota in Week 4.

Offense: The Broncos' high-powered offense enters Week 5 having posted an average of 24.3 points per game through the first quarter of the season. QB Peyton Manning, now in his 18th NFL season, is 98-for-154 passing (63.6 percent) for 968 yards, six touchdowns and five interceptions with a passer rating of 80.8 so far this season. His top target thus far has been WR Demaryius Thomas, who has 33 receptions for 361 yards (10.9 avg.) and one touchdown. WR Emmanuel Sanders is close behind Thomas with 25 catches for 307 yards (12.3 avg.) and two touchdowns. RB Ronnie Hillman leads the Broncos' ground attack, having totaled 191 rushing yards on 39 carries (4.9 avg.) with two touchdowns.

Defense: Under defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, the Broncos are fielding the league's top defense through four games, allowing just 275.5 yards per game. The pass defense is also first in the NFL, having given up only 185.3 net passing yards per game. The defense has forced 11 turnovers, including six interceptions, with CB Aqib Talib leading the way with two picks. In addition, the defense has recovered five of its opponents' seven fumbles, as the team ranks fifth in the league in turnover differential (plus five). The Broncos' pass rush continues to present a formidable challenge with 18 sacks already on the year. OLB DeMarcus Ware leads the team with 4.5 sacks through four games.



K Sebastian Janikowski**

Career Totals: 32-of-41 on FG attempts (78.0 percent) and 61-of-62 on PATs (98.4 percent) for 153 total points, and one punt for 33 yards, in 30 career games (10-20).

• Tied for the then-longest FG in NFL history on Sept. 23, 2011 when he connected on a 63-yarder in Denver.

FB Marcel Reece

Career Totals: 25 receptions for 323 yards (12.9 avg.) with four touchdowns and 17 rushing attempts for 83 yards (4.9 avg.) with one touchdown in 10 career games (3-7).

• On Dec. 19, 2010, totaled 79 receiving yards on two catches (39.5 avg.) with one touchdown in the Raiders' 39-23 win over Denver.

TE Mychal Rivera

Career Totals: 12 receptions for 134 yard (11.2 avg.) with one touchdown in four career games (0-4).

• Has caught at least two passes in each of his four games against the Broncos, including six receptions for 64 yards and one touchdown on Nov. 9, 2014.

LB Malcolm Smith

Career Totals: In one postseason game (Super Bowl XLVIII), recorded nine tackles (five solo), one interception with a 69-yard touchdown return and one fumble recovery with seven return

• In the Seattle Seahawks' Super Bowl XLVIII victory over Denver, was named the Super Bowl MVP after returning an interception of Peyton Manning 69 yards for a touchdown, recovering one
fumble recovery and notching nine tackles.

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