Denver Broncos vs. Las Vegas Raiders Pick & Prediction OCTOBER 2nd 2022

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The AFC West rivalry is one of the fiercest in the NFL, right up there with Green Bay-Chicago and Dallas-Washington, but Sunday adds a new wrinkle to the saga between the Denver Broncos and Las Vegas Raiders.

The Broncos and Raiders have a palpable dislike for each other, down through the core of the fan bases, so it's reasonable to expect things will be heated in Week 4 of the NFL season. But there is something more on the line than just bragging rights and divisional records.

Two head coaches, in their first year with their new teams, have something to prove when Denver visits Las Vegas on Sunday.

Nathaniel Hackett has taken heat for his game management and lack of offensive production, yet the Broncos (2-1) have survived in their last couple of games despite scoring a combined 27 points.

Josh McDaniels, meanwhile, is looking for his first win with the Raiders (0-3) and is facing plenty of criticism. McDaniels has already had a lengthy closed-door meeting with owner Mark Davis and the pressure is mounting on the former New England offensive coordinator to start winning.

Starting 0-3 is bad, but how Las Vegas has lost games has McDaniels creeping toward the hot seat. His team blew a 20-point lead -- at home -- to Arizona in Week 2 and suffered a two-point loss to Tennessee last week.

While Denver is 2-1 despite outscoring opponents just 43-36 -- including a win over San Francisco with the rare 11-10 final last Sunday night -- the Raiders have been outscored by 13 points this year. Little mistakes, including costly dropped passes and lack of execution in the overtime loss to the Cardinals, have been significant.

"I don't think anybody in here should be happy or content with losing. Especially when you have the type of men we have in this locker room," wide receiver Davante Adams said. "And like I've said from the very beginning -- just because we're good on paper doesn't mean we're going to be great as a team.

"Frustration is OK, as long as you do something about it."

Playing the Broncos may be the elixir. Las Vegas has won the last four meetings between the teams and is at home this week.

However, Denver didn't have Russell Wilson at quarterback the last two years, and despite the team's slow start offensively the defense has been great. Wilson showed why the Broncos traded for him with a late drive in the win over the 49ers and he feels the offense is close to clicking.

"Not every game is going to be perfect, not every game is going to be just right," Wilson said. "But I do believe we're right there. I've been on a lot of teams, I've played a lot of sports, and there's a special feeling in this locker room, special feeling about where we're going, where we're headed."

Denver is hopeful offensive tackle Billy Turner makes his season debut soon, but it doesn't look good for this week. Turner (knee) did not practice Wednesday, nor did guard Dalton Risner (ankle), but he is considered day-to-day.

Notable Raiders who missed Wednesday's practice were wide receiver Hunter Renfrow and cornerback Nate Hobbs, who were listed on the injury report with concussions.

--Field Level Media

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Denver Broncos vs. Las Vegas Raiders Recap NOV 15TH 2020

Josh Jacobs rushed for 112 yards and two touchdowns and Jeff Heath intercepted two passes as the host Las Vegas Raiders forced five turnovers en route to their third straight victory, 37-12, over the Denver Broncos on Sunday afternoon.

It was the second 100-yard rushing game in the last three, and seventh in 22 career games for Jacobs. Las Vegas (6-3) closed to within two games of first-place Kansas City in the AFC West. The Raiders host the Chiefs, whom they defeated earlier this season, next Sunday night.

Carl Nassib and Scott Kwiatkoski also had interceptions for Las Vegas, which entered the contest with just three interceptions in eight games this season.

Derek Carr completed 16 of 25 passes for 154 yards, Daniel Carlson added three field goals and Devontae Booker added two fourth-quarter touchdown runs for the Raiders.

Drew Lock completed 23 of 47 passes for 257 yards and a touchdown but was intercepted four times for Denver (3-6). Brandon McManus booted two field goals.

Las Vegas took a 7-0 lead at the 9:44 mark of the first quarter on a 11-yard touchdown run by Jacobs capping a seven-play, 62-yard drive.

Denver cut it to 7-3 on its next possession on a 50-yard field goal by McManus, his sixth in seven tries this season from 50 yards or longer.

The Broncos closed to 7-6 on a 33-yard field goal by McManus before Carlson answered with a 24-yarder of his own.

Denver then appeared to go ahead just before halftime on a 5-yard run by Lock but tight end Noah Fant was flagged for holding. On the next play, Heath cut in front of Jerry Jeudy in the middle of the end zone to end the scoring threat.

Las Vegas increased its lead to 20-6, while holding Denver to just three offensive plays in the third quarter, on a 52-yard field goal by Carlson and a 5-yard touchdown run by Jacobs that capped a 11-play, 78-yard drive.

Carlson booted a 22-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter and Booker added a 7-yard touchdown run one play after Nevin Lawson forced and recovered a DaeSean Hamilton fumble to make it 30-6.

Hamilton scored on a 7-yard touchdown reception from Lock with 6:10 to go before Booker, who finished with 81 yards on 16 carries, ended the scoring with a 23-yard touchdown run.

--Field Level Media

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