With the playoffs on the line, the Raiders need to win on the road in Denver

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The Oakland Raiders kept their playoff hopes alive this past Sunday by defeating the Chargers in Los Angeles. After kicking off the season series on Monday Night Football in Week 1, the Raiders will travel to Denver in Week 17 to close out their regular season slate with a contest at Empower Field at Mile High against the Broncos. The Raiders defeated the Broncos in Week 1 by a score of 24-16, marking their second consecutive victory over Denver. The Raiders currently lead the all-time series 64-52-2 and will look to claim their first victory in Denver since 2015, while also looking to finish at least 4-2 in the AFC West for just the third time since 2002. Week 17's divisional clash will commence at 1:25 p.m. PT on CBS with Andrew Catalon and James Lofton on the call.

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The Setting
Date: Sunday December 29, 2019
Kickoff: 1:25 p.m. PST
Site: Empower Field at Mile High (2001)
Capacity/Surface: 76,125/Natural Grass
Regular Season: Raiders lead, 64-52-2
Postseason: Series tied, 1-1

The Silver and Black defeated the Los Angeles Chargers by a score of 24-17 in Week 16 to move to 7-8 on the season and 3-2 in the AFC West. In the contest, QB Derek Carr passed for 291 yards on 26-of-30 attempts for the second-best single-game completion percentage (86.7 percent) of his career. Carr rushed for one score and threw for another, earning a passer rating of 118.2 and marking his 32nd career game with a passer rating over 100, tying Ken Stabler for the most such games in club history. Carr's touchdown through the air was reeled in by WR Hunter Renfrow, who returned to action after missing three games due to injury. Renfrow recorded his first career 100-yard game, notching seven receptions for 107 yards, and became just the second player in the league this season to record multiple 50-yard receiving touchdowns on third down. Renfrow also made five third down receptions and leads all rookies with 16 first-down receptions on third down. On defense, DE Clelin Ferrell chipped in with a sack, totaling 4.5 on the season, contributing to an NFL-leading 13 combined rookie sacks by Raiders in 2019.

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Broadcast Information (Television)
Network Provider: CBS
Play-by-Play: Andrew Catalon
Color Analyst: James Lofton
Producer: Steve McKee
Director: Andy Goldberg

Here are some notable connections between the two squads:

• Raiders senior offensive assistant John Morton served on the same coaching staff with the San Francisco 49ers as Broncos Head Coach Vic Fangio and defensive coordinator Ed Donatell from 2011-14.

• Raiders offensive line coach Tom Cable served on the same staff in Atlanta with Broncos defensive coordinator Ed Donatell and defensive assistant Chris Beake in 2006.

• Raiders quality control -offense coach Tim Berbenich served on the same staff in Indianapolis with Broncos special teams coordinator Tom McMahon from 2013-17.

• Raiders strength and conditioning assistant D'Anthony Batiste played tackle for the Broncos in 2010.

• Broncos offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello entered the NFL coaching ranks as the Raiders' offensive quality control/ assistant quarterbacks coach in 2009.

• Broncos defensive backs coach Renaldo Hill played safety in 16 games with 13 starts for the Raiders in 2005, totaling 89 tackles, one interception and five passes defensed.

• Broncos DT Shelby Harris played in eight games for the Raiders (2014-15), after being selected by the team in the seventh round (235th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft.

• Broncos P Colby Wadman entered the NFL with Oakland as an undrafted free agent in 2018.

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Broadcast Information (Radio)
Raiders Radio Network
Flagship: 740 KCBS
Play-by-Play: Brent Musburger
Color Analyst: Lincoln Kennedy
Sidelines: Chris Townsend

The Broncos enter Week 17 defeating the NFC North's Detroit Lions in Week 16 by a score of 27-17, while also claiming victories in three of their last four contests. The Raiders look to finish 8-8 on the year and earn their first regular season finale win since 2010.

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