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Key Broncos in Search of Historical Milestones vs. Raiders

Here's what to watch for when the Denver Broncos take on the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday.
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The Denver Broncos earned a confidence-boosting win last week — a hard-fought nail-biter vs. the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday Night Football. It was Denver's second prime-time game in three weeks, and while many procedural aspects of the team were improved over Week 1's nationally-televised bout, several warts were still on display. 

Namely, Russell Wilson and the Broncos offense remained stuck in failure-to-launch mode. Fortunately, when the chips were down, Wilson shouldered the load, willing the Broncos to a game-winning touchdown drive in the fourth quarter. 

With the Las Vegas Raiders next up on the schedule, you might be asking why I'm recounting what is now ancient history. It's because everyone knows that with how fierce and stingy Denver's defense is, if/when the offense finally clicks, this team will become a force to be reckoned with in the NFL. 

Will the stars finally align for Wilson and offensive-minded head coach Nathaniel Hackett on Sunday at Allegiant Stadium? That's what we'll all be tuning in to find out. 

One thing's for sure: the Broncos are unlikely to find a more malleable defense to exploit than that of the Raiders. This vulnerable opponent presents an golden opportunity if Wilson and company have the wherewithal to capitalize. 

While it's carpe diem for the offense, there are several Broncos with some milestones in reach, and it gives fans an additional layer of things to watch for in Week 4.

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Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson (3) attempts a throw in the fourth quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Empower Field at Mile High.
Denver Broncos wide receiver Courtland Sutton (14) reacts to a first down in the third quarter against the Houston Texans at Empower Field at Mile High.
Denver Broncos running back Javonte Williams (33) rushes against the Seattle Seahawks during the first quarter at Lumen Field.
Denver Broncos cornerback Pat Surtain II (2) breaks up a pass to Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Bryan Edwards (89) in the second half at Empower Field at Mile High.
Houston Texans wide receiver Brandin Cooks (13) reaches for the ball past Denver Broncos cornerback Ronald Darby (23) in the second half at Empower Field at Mile High.
Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon III (25) runs the ball as offensive tackle Cameron Fleming (73) loses his helmet defending against San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Hassan Ridgeway (98) in the third quarter at Empower Field at Mile High.
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Nathaniel Hackett, Josh McDaniels

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The Broncos need a win to reach 200 road victories in franchise history. A win on Sunday would also improve Denver to 54-68-2 (.444) overall and 26-37-0 (.413) on the road in the all-time series versus Las Vegas.


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