Russell Wilson and the Broncos look to extend their two-game winning streak as they head to meet a longtime rival. Stick here for live updates and analysis as Denver takes on the Raiders at Allegiant Stadium in Paradise, Nevada.
How they stack up (11:30 a.m.): How do the Broncos look against the Raiders entering Week 4? Check out Kyle Newman’s scouting report comparing the two AFC West rivals.
Mark Kiszla, columnist: Raiders 16, Broncos 14
Not saying the Broncos’ offense would be more dangerous if Chad Powers was the starting quarterback, but it might be more entertaining than the 1-2-3-kick dance of Russell Wilson. And not suggesting Josh McDaniels has grown up as a football coach since his days in Denver, but if Kid McD knows anything, it’s how to give Broncos Country a bad case of heartburn.
Kyle Newman, beat writer: Broncos 17, Raiders 13
The Denver defense turns in another memorable performance and Javonte Williams goes over the 100-yard mark for the first time this year. Those variables, plus a key fourth-quarter interception by Pat Surtain II and another big game from the edge-rushing duo of Bradley Chubb and Randy Gregory, give the Broncos a win in the divisional opener.
Parker Gabriel, beat writer: Broncos 20, Raiders 17
The Broncos are road underdogs, have lost four straight to the Raiders and haven’t scored more than 16 points in a game this season. Not only that, but at 0-3, Las Vegas is facing as close to a must-win as there is in Week 4. Denver’s defense is playing well, though, and that might just be enough.
Sean Keeler, columnist: Raiders 21, Broncos 17
Vegas is too talented to be 0-3, but Raiduhs gonna Raiduh. From the playoffs to 0-4 in the AFC is virtually impossible, though, so it’s a backs-against-the-wall tilt vs. a franchise they’ve feasted on. On the bright side, a Raiduhs win at least assures Broncos Country a chance to boo Josh McDaniels in person on Nov. 20. Probably.
Broncos-49ers NFL Week 3: Must reads
After a trial-by-fire rookie campaign in which Quinn Meinerz was thrust into a starting role at midseason, the Broncos believed Meinerz was ready to take the next step in 2022.
That plan went sideways on Denver’s first possession this year, when the Broncos’ starting right guard strained his hamstring on a field goal attempt in Seattle.
The good news for Meinerz: The injury wasn’t severe enough to warrant a trip to injured reserve. And three weeks later, he is ready for a retake on the start of his sophomore season in the NFL. Read more… — Kyle Newman
Is Broncos defense for real? With Derek Carr, Davante Adams, Darren Waller waiting to pounce in Vegas, America’s about to find out.
Justin Simmons has seen this movie before. And like the rest of Broncos Country, he totally hated the ending.
“Defensively, I always said, there were four or five games (in 2021) where we could not win the game, right?” the Broncos’ Pro Bowl safety reflected after watching him team celebrate a hard-fought, rough-and-tumble 11-10 home victory over the San Francisco 49ers last weekend. “Four minutes (left), two minutes (left), whatever the case may be.”
This Broncos defense has given up only 36 points over its first three games, scrappy affairs against Seattle (road loss), Houston (home win) and the Niners (home win). Denver (2-1) heads into Sunday’s first AFC West showdown of the season, an afternoon tussle at the 0-3 Raiders, ranked No. 2 in the NFL in scoring defense (12.0 points per game) and No. 3 in yardage defense (251.3 allowed). Read more… — Sean Keeler
Do we love football more when the NFL pumps up the volume on old-school hate and jacked-up violence?
Tell me the truth, Broncos Country.
As we gather in the church of football on this fine Sunday of Raiders week, are you frothing at the mouth like Denver linebacker Bradley Chubb, or preaching kumbaya like coach Nathaniel Hackett?
Nothing roils the blood around here like Da Raid-uhs, with a history of silver-and-black villains we love to hate, from Kenny “The Snake” Stabler to that snake in the grass, new Las Vegas coach Josh McDaniels. Read more… — Mark Kiszla