Denver Broncos Game Thread: Lynch To Start in Oakland


The Denver Broncos are going with Paxton Lynch in the Black Hole to attempt to change their fortunes on the season. Road wins are hard to come by lately.

Denver Broncos QB Paxton Lynch’s “Lynch Mob” descends upon the Black Hole Sunday vs. the Oakland Raiders. Yes, the long-awaited day for Lynch to prove he is the orange & blue messiah is here.

Honestly, the circumstances could not be more propitious for him. Former OC Mike McCoy was axed Monday and his replacement, Bill Musgrave, is Lynch’s best friend. Ignominiously, McCoy called plays in games the Broncos didn’t practice. There is no wonder that the Broncos are 31st in the NFL in turnover ratio at -16.

As Andrew Mason confirmed on the Lewis & Logan Show on 850 AM KOA of Denver Friday, if turnovers go down so should points per game given up. In this regard, the Broncos are 27th in the NFL, giving up 25.9 points per game. I’ve echoed this many times lately but it’s just as true as it’s always been.

If the Broncos get rid of the turnovers, the points per game should go down as well. The Raiders are not better than the top 10 in any statistical category, offensively or defensively. Thus, as trite as it sounds, if the Broncos do not turn the ball over, this is a game they should win.

The Broncos have also dominated the Raiders of late. Denver has won 10 of the last 12 in the series. This includes five of their last six in the proverbial black hole. It would be fitting, if Lynch, who resembles a pirate, wins at Oakland in his first start of 2017.

Anyway, here is this game’s injury report:

Stevens also has a stellar report to share concerning this game which we shall also use because of its cogency.

Harris knows what’s up for this game. Meanwhile, CBS Sports’ Tony Romo has said many times he believes that 9-7 should make you a playoff team in the mediocre AFC. A win here is huge. If they get one, the slate of Dolphins, Jets, Colts, Redskins and Chiefs is mediocre.

These teams are a combined 22-29 (.431). Of course, the Broncos are 3-7 so this is a game they need to focus on. This is not a game where we should pull the cart before the horse as it were.

Our friends at NWS Bay Area suggest that rain is possible this weekend.

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Thus, I think the Broncos should use their full stable of tailbacks. Yes, I think even Jamaal Charles should get more touches. Perhaps with McCoy gone, this will become more of a thing.

Anyway, this is your game thread. If any Raiders fans happen upon us treat them kindly. This is, of course, the Broncos’ way. GO BRONCOS!!!