Top 3 Keys To Victory: Broncos Over Raiders

Denver must do these three things in order to come out on top

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Ahead of tonight’s matchup between the Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders, let’s take a look at three things the Broncos can do to ensure a victory. As of Monday afternoon, the Broncos are just 2.5-point road favorites over the Raiders despite the loss of Antonio Brown

3. Get Flacco Going Early 

Once upon a time, Joe Flacco was regarded as one of the best game managers in the NFL. Now in a brand-new situation, he will be expected to deliver once again. Emmanuel Sanders can be utilized in a variety of high-percentage areas of the field, notably out of the slot, where he is seemingly most effective. Further, Phillip Lindsay has proven to have explosive potential out of the backfield, so a dump-off or screen pass could be another way to break off a huge play early on. Instilling immediate confidence in Flacco in this contest could not only pave a path to victory in Week 1, but could also set him up for a solid 2019 campaign. 

2. Control The Clock

Lindsay will handle most of the work at running back, but Royce Freeman should also be relied on in short-yardage situations while Devontae Booker might sprinkle in on passing downs here and there. Although Courtland Sutton provides some big-play ability at wide receiver, this offensive roster is designed to control the ball, as tight ends Jeff Heuerman and Noah Fant should see high-percentage looks from Flacco, who has historically heavily relied upon that position. Since Oakland’s offense should struggle against Denver’s defense, winning the time of possession will be essential for the Broncos to pull off the road win, and there’s no reason why they shouldn’t do so. 

1. Pressure Derek Carr

With Von Miller, Bradley Chubb, Derek Wolfe, Shelby Harris and Adam Gotsis up front, defensive guru Vic Fangio will likely find creative ways to get pressure on Carr, who has virtually no threatening playmakers to pass the ball to with AB gone. Josh Jacobs has received rave reviews in the preseason and is expected to start at running back for the Raiders, but expect Denver to stack the box and make Carr throw the ball downfield, which is something that he simply couldn’t do last season. If Denver can get to Carr at will, this one could get ugly very quickly. 

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