Denver Broncos: 5 matchups team must win vs the Las Vegas Raiders

Denver Broncos head coach Vic Fangio. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
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The Denver Broncos can’t give up big plays on special teams vs the Raiders. It starts with Tom McMahon.
Sep 15, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos special teams coordinator Tom McMahon looks on in the third quarter against the Chicago Bears at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports /

The Denver Broncos have to win these five matchups against the Las Vegas Raiders.

5. Don’t allow big special teams plays

It feels like we talk about the Denver Broncos and Special Teams a lot. That’s not just this year. It feels like it is every year.

The team gave up a kick return for a touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars. That’s just one special teams touchdown given up on the year, but the Broncos have still had issues across the board in terms of the unit.

Missed tackles, penalties.

It puts the Denver Broncos defense in a bad position any time a return goes past the 25-yard line. It’s a shift in momentum.

That’s something this team cannot afford to give up against, well, any of the tougher teams. The Broncos had an easy first three games of the 2021 season but since the Ravens game, it just gets tougher.

Every week it feels like everybody is on the “Fire Tom McMahon” train. He, along with the players on the unit, need to get things figured out. It was a surprise to most when the Broncos retained him following the 2020 season. It makes sense that they’d keep him on into the season. If they didn’t let him go in the offseason after a bad year, they’re not going to fire him in-season.

It would also be a great situation if we could see a Shelby Harris field goal block. Remember those, Broncos Country? We need that in our lives. Badly.