Broncos-Raiders: Five predictions for Sunday’s matchup

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Oct 4, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) runs the ball against -Denver Broncos outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware (94) and strong safety T.J. Ward (43) during the first half at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

3. At least 5 sacks for the defense

The Oakland Raiders have done a really good job of keeping Derek Carr clean this season with just five sacks allowed in the first four games.

That’s all going to change on Sunday.

I’m predicting that the Broncos will at least double Oakland’s season sack total in this game, and register five or more. The Denver defense leads the NFL in sacks, and it’s not because they’ve played a bunch of terrible offensive lines. The reason the Broncos get to the quarterback is because of the elite level talent they have up front, as well as the great scheme by Wade Phillips.

The Raiders, like other teams the Broncos have played already, are going to be forced into making some major adjustments early on in the game.

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