Raiders Open at Denver on MNF

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RB Darren McFadden (20) scored four touchdowns, three rushing and one receiving, during the Raiders 59-14 win over the Broncos October 24, 2010. Photo by Tony Gonzales.

DATE: Monday, September 12, 2011, 7:15 p.m. PT | SITE: Sports Authority Field at Mile High

THIS WEEK: The Oakland Raiders, members of the American Football Conference Western Division, are now in their 52nd season of pro football competition. The Silver and Black face a fellow AFC West squad on Monday night to kick off the NFL regular season in a nationally televised contest for the third time in four years.  The game is the second half of the Monday Night doubleheader.

TELEVISION: This week's game will be televised nationally on ESPN, with Brad Nessler handling play-by-play, and former NFL playerTrent Dilfer as color analyst. The game will also be broadcast in the Bay Area on over-the air station KPIX Channel 5. The game will air on ESPN International in 180 countries and in Spanish on ESPN Deportes.

RADIO: The game will air live on Raiders Radio Network originating on KITS LIVE 105.3 FM, the Silver and Black's flagship for the multi-state Radio Network. Greg Papa and Raiders two-time Super Bowl winning head coach Tom Flores will man the booth for the 14th straight year. The radio pregame and postgame shows will feature Raider Legends Atkinson and David Humm. In addition, Westwood One/CBS Radio will air the game nationally with Kevin Harlan and former NFL quarterbacks Dan Fouts and Mark Malone handling announcing duties.

SPANISH RADIO:Raider games in the 2011 regular season air in Spanish withFernando Arias and Ambrosio Ricohandling announcing duties.

RAIDERS-BRONCOS SERIES:The Raiders lead the series 58-41-2 over the Broncos in regular season play since the teams first met in 1960. The teams are 1-1 in the postseason.

CONNECTIONS

RAIDERS: DE Jarvis Moss was Denver's first round pick in 2007 and played for the Broncos from 2007-10…G Cooper Carlisle played for the Broncos from 2000-06…DE Lamarr Houston is from Colorado Springs…WR Louis Murphy played with Broncos QB Tim Tebow at Florida…WR Denarius Moore played with Broncos DE Robert Ayers and P Britton Colquitt at Tennessee…RB Michael Bush and Broncos DE Elvis Dumervil played together at Louisville…G Bruce Campbell and WR Darrius Heyward-Bey played together at Maryland with Broncos RB Lance Ball…DE Jarvis Moss and WR Louis Murphy played with Broncos QB Tim Tebow and DE Derrick Harvey at Florida…DT Tommy Kelly and Broncos LB Mario Haggan played with each other at Mississippi State…P Shane Lechler and Broncos DE Ty Warren played with each other at Texas A&M…CB DeMarcus Van Dyke and TE Richard Gordon played together at Miami (FL) with Broncos T Orlando Franklin…Offensive line coach Bob Wylie played linebacker at Colorado for three years before transferring to Roger Williams College and worked with the offensive line at Colorado State from 1988-89…Wylie also worked with the offensive line for the Denver Broncos last season…Assistant linebackers coach Ricky Hunley played for the Broncos from 1984-87…Linebackers Coach Greg Biekert played at Colorado and played at Longmont High School in Longmont, Colo.

BRONCOS: Head coach John Fox was defensive coordinator for the Raiders from 1994-95…CB Syd'Quan Thompson is from Sacramento and played for Cal…MLB Mike Mohamed also played at Cal…TE Daniel Fells played at UC-Davis… WR Jamel Hamler is from San Leandro and played at Fresno State…Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy was born in San Francisco… Broncos Tight End Coach Clancy Barone played at Sacramento State as an offensive lineman and coached at his alma mater from 1991-92…Broncos linebackers coach Richard Smith coached linebackers at California from 1984-86…TE Virgil Green is from Tulare, Calif….LS Lonie Paxton went to Sacramento State.

NEXT WEEK:The Raiders travel to Buffalo to face the AFC East Bills on September 18, with kickoff at 10 a.m. PT before returning home to prepare to host the New York Jets at O.co Coliseum in the 2011 home opener on September 25. The following week, Raiders face their fourth straight original American Football League opponent, taking on the New England Patriots on Sunday, October 2. The contest versus the Patriots will also mark the second straight contest versus a team that qualified for the postseason last year.

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