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Broncos Must Win These Key Matchups to Beat Raiders

Denver Broncos vs. Las Vegas Raiders, Part II. Which team has the advantage?

As one of the oldest rivalries in football, the Denver Broncos are looking to walk away with a win against the Las Vegas Raiders. The Broncos lost the first game this season, which was also their highest-scoring output of the year. 

Both teams have issues throughout, so it may come down to who can play the least sloppy football. Let's break down the key matchups of Broncos-Raiders.

Tennessee Titans linebackers Rashad Weaver (99) and Dylan Cole (53) chase Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson (3) during the fourth quarter at Nissan Stadium Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn. Nfl Denver Broncos At Tennessee Titans
Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Maxx Crosby (98) runs to the sidelines after picking up a fumbled ball from Jacksonville Jaguars running back JaMycal Hasty (22) during early first quarter action. The Jacksonville Jaguars hosted the Las Vegas Raiders at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, FL Sunday November 6, 2022. The Jaguars trailed 20 to 10 at the end of the first half. [Bob Self/Florida Times-Union] Jki 110622 Bs Jaguars Vs R 37
Oct 2, 2022; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Denver Broncos running back Javonte Williams (33) runs the ball against Las Vegas Raiders linebacker Denzel Perryman (52) during the first half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 30, 2022; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Rashid Shaheed (89) catches a pass against Las Vegas Raiders cornerback Rock Ya-Sin (26) during the second half at Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 13, 2022; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) throws against the Indianapolis Colts during the second half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Travon Walker (44) pressures Las Vegas Raiders offensive tackle Kolton Miller (74) during the first quarter of a regular season NFL football matchup Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022 at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville. The Jacksonville Jaguars held off the Las Vegas Raiders 27-20. [Corey Perrine/Florida Times-Union] Jki 110622 Raiders Jags Cp 49
Nov 13, 2022; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs (28) celebrates his touchdown scored against the Indianapolis Colts during the second half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 13, 2022; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Davante Adams (17) runs the ball for a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts during the second half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 13, 2022; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels leaves the field after the Raiders were defeated by the Indianapolis Colts 25-20 at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Bottom Line

While the Broncos' defense has done a great job for most of the season, they can't have the same collapse against the run they did in the first matchup. If they can shut down the Raiders' offense, the Broncos' offense will need to do enough. 

The Broncos have a strong defense, while the Raiders are struggling throughout. It will be interesting to see whether Denver's special teams unit can have similar success as it had in the first matchup, which was the only good game from the unit all around. 

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