Denver Broncos to Watch vs. Oakland

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Dec 22, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) is sacked in the backfield during the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Prior to the Bengals game, the Denver offensive line was playing dominate football.

The offense could finally run the football and not put all of their hopes on Peyton Manning’s shoulders.

Yes, it’s one game against yet another good defense on the road. It was a must-win for the Bengals.

But the Broncos offensive line didn’t help or do any favors.

They were terrible in that game.

To continue with the theme of this whole piece, those five and six guys need to back on track. They must put the loss behind them and whoop up on the Raiders.

Since he’s listed as questionable, it’s still unknown if Paul Cornick will play. If he plays, his return will be huge for the offense. He provides needed help to now right tackle Louis Vasquez.

If he doesn’t, the unit needs to figure it out. The Raiders will attack the Broncos the same way Cincinnati did. So too will teams in the playoffs.

The Denver offensive line can’t allow that to happen. The first step is Oakland.