One of the longest running rivalries in the NFL renews hostilities in Week 2, when the Denver Broncos host the Oakland Raiders. The Broncos looked well-rounded in their Week 1 win over Seattle, while the Oakland Raiders came out flat in the second half in their 20-point loss to the Rams to start the season.
Despite throwing three interceptions in his Denver Broncos debut, Case Keenum showed poised later in the game, helping the Broncos take the lead in the fourth quarter and ice the game with a few long drives.
The Broncos defence also looked great in Week 1, picking off two passes and sacking the quarterback six times.
After taking a three-point lead into half-time of their season opener against the Rams, the Oakland Raiders could not do anything in the second half, getting outscored 23-0 by the Rams.
Jon Gruden certainly has his work ahead of him this season, as Raiders’ offence looked old and the Raiders’ defence struggled to generate much of a pass rush without Khalil Mack.
This game is the 1118 meeting between the two rivalries. The Raiders leads the all-time series 63-52-2, but Broncos is up 23-13 over the Raiders since 2000. The last time Oakland won in Denver (2015), Khalil Mack had five sacks for the Raiders.