4:05 PM ET, November 13, 2005
Denver (6-2) at Oakland (3-5), Sunday 4:05 pm EST
OAKLAND, California (Ticker) -- Mike Shanahan had a bye week to prepare for his "favorite team." The Oakland Raiders may need more time to recover from their last game.
The Denver Broncos visit the Raiders on Sunday in a battle of AFC West rivals.
Since being fired as Raiders coach by Al Davis 16 years ago, Shanahan is 15-5 against his former team. One of those wins was a 31-3 victory here in October 2004. But the Raiders avenged that with a 25-24 win at Denver last November 28.
After the Broncos beat Philadelphia, 49-21, in their last game on October 30, Shanahan saluted his team for finishing 6-2 in the first half of the season.
"You guys did a terrific job," Shanahan said to his team. "Now we have to get ready to start the second half and our first game will be against my favorite team - the Raiders."
Jake Plummer passed for three touchdowns and the Broncos rushed for 254 yards in the win here last year.
The Broncos were on the verge of sweeping the series again, but the Raiders rallied from an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit and then Langston Walker blocked Jason Elam's 43-yard field goal in the final seconds to preserve a 25-24 win for the Raiders in a game played in a driving snowstorm.
On 4th-and-goal from the Denver 5, Kerry Collins found Jerry Porter over the middle for a touchdown with 1:48 left, giving the Raiders the lead. Collins threw for 339 yards and four touchdowns with two interceptions.
Porter victimized Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey for much of the night, catching six passes for 135 yards and three touchdowns.
Last week, the Raiders suffered a heartbreaking loss of their own, falling at Kansas City, 27-23. With five seconds left and no timeouts remaining, Larry Johnson scored on a one-yard run for the Chiefs.
The Raiders had rallied from a 20-9 deficit as Collins passed for two fourth-quarter touchdowns. Collins hit Porter with a four-yard touchdown pass with 10:31 left to pull the Raiders within 20-15, but misfired on a throw intended for Porter on the two-point conversion.
After a three-and-out by the Chiefs, Collins directed a 14-play, 82-yard drive which he capped with a seven-yard touchdown pass to Randy Moss with 1:45 remaining. It was the first catch of the day for Moss, who has been hobbled with knee and ankle injuries.
Plummer and Collins have each passed for 12 touchdowns with three interceptions this season.
Series: Oakland leads, 53-35-2.
Next week: Denver hosts NY Jets, November 20. Oakland visits Washington, November 20
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Raiders need to force turnovers
Denver is coming off a strong first half of the season but both of its losses have been away from Invesco Field at Mile High. The Broncos need to prove they can consistently win on the road if they are to be viewed as a serious contender in the AFC. Look for them to do what they do best as result and that's run early and often. Consistently handing the ball off to RBs Mike Anderson and Tatum Bell will take pressure off QB Jake Plummer by putting him in manageable third-down situations. This is important because Denver wants to sustain long drives that slow the game down and effectively take the crowd out of the equation.
Oakland should also show a strong commitment to the run so the Broncos can expect to see a steady diet of RB LaMont Jordan. The hope is establishing the run forces Denver's defense to play the safeties closer to the line of scrimmage making the defense vulnerable to play action and getting beat deep. QB Kerry Collins certainly has the weapons at receiver and the arm strength to take advantage if and when this happens but he must be decisive and smart. Receivers don't stay open long working against the Broncos because of their speed at linebacker and talent at corner.
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Head to Head Matchups (Since 2001)
|Denver leads 6-4|
|Nov 28, 2004||DEN 24, OAK 25|
|Oct 17, 2004||DEN 31, @OAK 3|
|Nov 30, 2003||DEN 22, @OAK 8|
|Sep 22, 2003||DEN 31, OAK 10|
|Dec 22, 2002||DEN 16, @OAK 28|
|Nov 11, 2002||DEN 10, OAK 34|
|Dec 30, 2001||DEN 23, OAK 17|
|Nov 5, 2001||DEN 28, @OAK 38|