NFL PREVIEW: DENVER BRONCOS (12-3) AT OAKLAND RAIDERS (4-11)
December 25, 2013INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
DENVER BRONCOS (12-3) AT OAKLAND RAIDERS (4-11)
BRONCOS: Club (572) needs 18 points for most by team in season in NFL history (NE, 589)…QB PEYTON MANNING is 1st player in NFL history to pass for 5,000 yards & 50 TDs in same season. Has passed for 5,211 yards, 3rd-most ever in single-season in NFL history. Posted 5th game of season with at least 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs, tied for most such games in season in NFL history (TOM BRADY in 2007)…RB KNOWSHON MORENO (1,015) has reached 1,000 rush yards for 1st time in career…Since 2012, WR ERIC DECKERhas 23 TD catches, most in AFC. Had 8 catches for 133 yards (16.6 avg.) in last game vs. Oak. DEMARYIUS THOMAS (1,317) needs 83 rec. yards to become 1st Bronco to have 2 1,400-yard seasons. Thomas is averaging 93.3 rec. yards per game in past 3 vs. Oak.TE JULIUS THOMAS (12) has most TD rec. by Broncos TE in season in franchise history. Den. is 1st team in NFL history to have 5 players score at least 10 TDs in same season…DE SHAUN PHILLIPS (10) needs 2 sacks to surpass career-best of 11.5 in ’06. Has 14 career sacks vs. Oak., most against any team…
RAIDERS: Rookie QB MATT MC GLOIN had career-best 297 passing yards in last home game…QB TERRELLE PRYOR completed 19 of 28 passes (67.9 pct.) for 281 yards with 1 TD vs. 0 INTs & 112.4 rating in last game vs. Den. Pryor (527) needs 3 rush yards to surpass RICH GANNON (529 in 2000) for most rush yards by Raiders QB in single-season…Club ranks 3rd in AFC with 129.1 rush yards per game in 2013…RB DARREN MC FADDEN posted 5th rush TD of season last week. Has 3 100-yard rush games vs. Den…WR ROD STREATER (848) needs 152 rec. yards to become 1st Raider with 1,000 rec. yards in season since RANDY MOSS (1,005) in 2005. WR DENARIUS MOORE had 6 rec. for 124 yards (20.7 avg.), incl. 73-yard TD rec. in last game vs. Den. WR ANDRE HOLMES has 19 rec. for 328 yards (17.3 avg.) & TD in past 4…TE MYCHAL RIVERA has 2 TD rec. in 2 of past 3…LB NICK ROACH leads team with 106 tackles…DE LAMARR HOUSTON aims for 3rd straight game with sack vs. Den.