The Broncos seek to extend their three-game winning streak when
they host the Raiders on Sunday in a battle of AFC West rivals.
The Raiders have lost 10 in a row dating to last season. It is
the worst skid in owner Al Davis' tenure with the team, which
began in 1963 in the old AFL.
Shanahan would like nothing more than to add to Oakland's
misery. Since being fired as Raiders coach by Davis 17 years
ago, Shanahan is 17-5 against his former team, including a sweep
Last December 24, the Broncos celebrated their first AFC West
title since 1998 with a 22-3 win over the Raiders. Jake Plummer
passed for 268 yards and a touchdown and also ran for a score.
In the November 13 meeting at Oakland, Plummer threw for 205
yards and a touchdown and cornerback Darrent Williams scored on
an 80-yard interception return in a 31-17 victory.
Davis rehired one of his former coaches, bringing back Shell to
guide the team this season. Fired by Davis following the 1994
season, Shell had guided the Raiders to the postseason three
Now Shell is just trying to get his first win, but it's not
likely to happen against the Broncos, who are the first team
since the 2000 Miami Dolphins to allow just one touchdown in
their first four games of the season.
"Any time you give up one touchdown in four games, that's a
little bit unusual. That's pretty impressive," Shanahan said.
Denver has allowed just 34 points. Only Chicago's defense has
yielded less points per game, allowing 36 in five games.
On Monday night, the Broncos intercepted Steve McNair three
times and limited Jamal Lewis to 43 yards rushing in a 13-3 win
No team has scored fewer points than the Raiders, who have just
47 in four games.
Broncos Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey likely will match up
against Randy Moss, who caught his 100th career touchdown pass
last week at San Francisco. But Moss has just 12 catches for
136 yards and two touchdowns this season.
Since reaching the Super Bowl in 2002, the Raiders are just
This is a rivalry game and even though the Raiders have been struggling of late, they always seem to get up for the Broncos. There is some bad blood between Denver head coach Mike Shanahan and Oakland owner Al Davis, so hopefully there will be some good middle of the week comments to juice this game up a little. The Raiders' QB carousel may spin again this week. Andrew Walter has played well in spurts, but is making too many costly mistakes. Veteran QB Aaron Brooks (pectoral muscle) could be back this week, but he was not playing very well either prior to his injury.