Tyrell Williams vs Chris Harris Jr
Tyrell Williams, designed to be the #2 man behind Antonio Brown, was quickly thrust into the #1 receiver after Brown’s time with the Raiders imploded. Williams has not been the most consistent, and while the Raiders will likely look at other options in free agency and the upcoming draft for a potential #1 receiver.
However, Williams is a solid receiver, and had a field day against the Broncos Week one, finishing the contest with six receptions for 105 yards and a TD, averaging nearly 18 yards a grab. Many have questioned Chris Harris’s future with the Broncos after a couple of spotty performances and considering his upcoming status as a free agent. If this does turn out to be Strap Harris’s last game as a Denver Bronco, a memorable performance would be ideal for Broncos Country.
Von Miller vs. Raiders’ O-Line
Although Von Miller’s statistics have not been as flashy as in previous years, he has still had a great season, especially in the aspect of creating opportunities for his teammates. However, there is a good chance that Von will get some opportunity for himself on Sunday. Although he has not gotten to QB Derek Carr much in the past few meetings, the Raiders’ offensive line is banged up, and down Trent Brown and likely no Richie Incognito. It is likely that Miller will line up against right tackle David Sharpe, and may be able to take advantage of a possible mismatch to end the year on a strong note.
Shelby Harris, coming up on contract as a soon to be free agent as well, should be looking to prove to the Denver Broncos why they should offer him a new contract. Leading defensive linemen in batted down passes, Harris may get opportunity for not only batted passes, but some sacks as well if the Broncos’ edge rush is able to take advantage of a depleted Raiders’ line. It’s also worthy to note that Harris is a former Raider, and may be even more motivated than others to keep them out of that playoff picture.
It is no secret that Raiders’ tight end Darren Waller has been spectacular this season. Tyrell Williams may be considered the #1 wideout, but Darren Waller is truly the top pass catcher in Oakland. With over 1000 yards receiving and with two 100+ yard contests in their last four games, Waller could be a tough matchup for the Denver Broncos’ secondary. Waller was arguably deserving of a starting spot on the Pro Bowl roster, and the Raiders should be very excited about him going forward. Look for Derek Carr to heavily favor Waller in the quick passing game, and with Chris Harris keeping Tyrell Williams busy, Isaac Yiadom may be called on to contain Waller, with likely help from Justin Simmons. With Denver’s track record covering tight ends, it is not crazy to think that Darren Waller has a game changing performance on Sunday.