The Denver Broncos will face a winless Las Vegas Raiders team in Week 4 and that could be dangerous for Denver.
It was expected that the Raiders would be a far better team in 2022 and some even had them as an outside contender for the Super Bowl. But after an 0-3 start, those talks are long gone. Now the Raiders are just trying to salvage something, anything, out of their season.
The Raiders have been competitive in each game and have lost all three games by a combined 13 points. The team has the talent but to this point, the plan that new head coach Josh McDaniels has brought to Vegas has not worked.
But McDaniels is going to want to win this game. He knows he can’t go 0-4 and he is going to want to beat the team that ushered him out after less than two seasons well over a decade ago.
McDaniels has heard from Raiders ownership as well and they are going to expect positive results and soon.
Because of this, the Broncos can expect to get a fully focused, fully determined Raiders team on Sunday and though the Broncos are 2-1 and have the better record, this is not going to be an easy game.
For starters, the Raiders have dominated the series in recent years, beating the Broncos four straight times. The Broncos have not beaten the Raiders on the road since October 2015, back when they played in Oakland.
But the stat that the Raiders will be talking about all week is that of teams that start the season 0-4. The 1992 San Diego Chargers remain the only team in NFL history to start the season 0-4 and make the playoffs. Only five teams have started 0-3 and made the playoffs, so the Raiders are up against very slim odds either way.
But the Raiders will also be playing for pride. They are going to want to show their home crowd that there is still something to be excited about this season. They are going to want to show that they still have the number of their hated rival.
This will not be your average 0-3 team that the Broncos are facing. The Raiders are going to play desperate, they are going to be anxious and they are going to throw everything they have at the Broncos.
Nathaniel Hackett and his staff must be prepared to get punched in the mouth in this game.