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Thursday Night Football game this week is Denver Broncos vs Oakland Raiders in an all-AFC West match up that may have little relevance in the long-run for this season. The Broncos have already guaranteed themselves the divisional title, meaning they are simply fighting for their postseason seeding right now. However, any game with Peyton Manning in draws NFL fans, so there is bound to be a lot of interest in tonight's game. The game should get started at 8.20 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream (details below).
The Oakland secondary has been appalling all-season long, and they could not have thought up a worse player to come up against in the league than Peyton Manning. Most pundits are expecting Manning to take complete advantage, and predict a comfortable win for the Broncos tonight.
The Broncos come into the final stretch of the regular season with a record of 9-3, and they will know the importance of keeping their key players fit and healthy as the playoffs near. However, they equally will want to secure a good seeding moving into the postseason.
The Raiders meanwhile are the exact opposite at 3-9 and lie in third place in the AFC West division – only ahead of the even more woeful Kansas City Chiefs, but yet still just one game out from the second-placed San Diego Chargers who are on 4-8.
Despite most expecting a comfortable Broncos victory, the Raiders will not just be turning up to make the numbers. They are at home, and also may have running back Darren McFadden back after a long stint out on the sidelines.
Carson Palmer has shown sparks of form throughout the season and could cause damage to the Broncos secondary of they are not on top of their game. Palmer has completed 305 throw from 503 attempts for 3,532 yards and 20 touchdowns. Not bad for a quarterback playing in a team that is 3-9.
Peyton Manning in comparison has completed 304 throws from 447 attempts for 3,502 yards and 29 touchdowns.
The passing yards per game for both sides is comparable, with the Broncos averaging 283.7 passing yards per game on average, where as the Raiders are recording 278.9 yards.
However, in rushing the Broncos stand out from the Raiders, posting 103.2 rush yards per game compared to just 82.8 yards for the Raiders.
The Raiders will have to find a way to stop Willis McGahee if they are to make a fight out of this one; McGahee has posted 731 yards from 167 carries this season for four touchdowns – an average of 4.4 yards per carry.
Denver Broncos vs Oakland Raiders on Thursday Night Football is scheduled to start at 8.20 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream on NFL.com by clicking HERE.
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