The Broncos will have their hands full in Oakland. (Eric Lars Bakke/DenverBroncos.com)

Week 9 Preview: Denver At Oakland


The Broncos travel to the Black Hole to take on the Raiders for presumably the final time of the season.

The Broncos enter the hellish part of their schedule at this point with four of five games on the road and three of four against divisional opponents. Remember, games against divisional opponents essentially count twice, so the Broncos will need to have their act together at this point.

Since I’ve already given you some details about the team, let’s take a look at what the Raiders did in the draft that could effect this week 9 game.

The Raiders didn’t have a first round pick this year, so their first selection was in the 2nd round with the 48th pick overall. They picked up center Stefen Wisniewski from Penn State. For a team that is normally known for going after the sexy pick, this is a mighty conservative and wise selection.

After their first pick, all bets were off. The team went after speed.

The Raiders added two cornerbacks, two wide receivers, one tight end, one running back, and one tackle. They missed in not drafting a quarterback that could potentially compete with Jason Campbell for the starting position.

Walking away from Oakland with a win under the belt is always a difficult task. It’s a rabid environment and now that the Raiders have a solid running back in Darren McFadden, this Broncos defense is going to be put to the test.

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