5 Broncos to Watch vs. Oakland

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Nov 2, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) reacts to an incomplete pass on fourth down during the fourth quarter of their 43-21 loss to the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

He didn’t play great, he didn’t play awful either.

Manning was 34-of-57 passing for 438 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

He got no help from his receivers, his running game or his offensive line.

Still, Manning wasn’t his “customary” self. You mean he’s human?

Expect a big game from him in Oakland.

He’s still the leading candidate for MVP and a strong outing against the Raiders will help in that regard.

What would be nice to see from this team is when Manning does have an “off” game, his teammates pick him up. John Elway had games in which he didn’t play his best, but the rest of the team rose to the occasion and made sure it didn’t matter.

Can this team do that?