Rain, rain, go away, come back another day. Sunday’s forecast in Oakland calls for five inches of rain. It’s not collapse-the-roof-of-the-Metrodome type weather, but it will undoubtedly have an effect on how the game is played.
For Denver players who are 1-6 on the road, maybe an outside element will be helpful to their game plan.
The Broncos aren’t setting their game plan up to only be only in wet weather. They’re making sure that their plan is adaptable.
“It’s something you have to account for in your game plan, but as well all know, weather changes fast. We don’t want to game plan for the field to be a certain way,” Eric Studesville said. “If our entire game plan is for a wet game or a sloppy game, and then it’s not that way, so we have to take that into account as coaches.”
Oakland’s field is rough around the edges anyway, but a torrential storm could flood the game with turnovers and unexpected errors.
What a way for Tim Tebow to make his debut should Kyle Orton not be able to go due to a rib injury. A wet game in the Black Hole in front of thousands of Raider fans could even make a veteran quarterback squirm in his pants. However, with Tebow’s ability to run the ball, the weather could be in his favor.
If the weather forecast is accurate, a ground game is absolutely essential. The Raiders have one, but the Broncos’ has been inconsistent.
Knowshon Moreno is breaking out of his injury-plagued shell a little bit with two of his only 100+ yard rushing games coming in the last five weeks. We can’t expect that he’s going to keep pace with Darren McFadden, but if he relieves some pressure off of Orton (or Tebow), then the Broncos will be better off.
The Broncos are accustomed to playing in the elements – altitude, chilling air, snow – but the real challenge will come on Sunday when McAfee Coliseum turns into a muddy swimming pool.
Get the life preservers and buoys ready because it’s sink or swim for this Broncos team.
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