Week 4 Tale Of The Tape: Oakland Raiders At Denver Broncos

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 24: Quarterback Derek Carr #4 of the Oakland Raiders throws in the first quarter of play against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on September 24, 2017 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 24: Trevor Siemian #13 of the Denver Broncos makes a signal during an NFL game against the Buffalo Bills on September 24, 2017 at New Era Field in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
  • Quarterback
    The Raiders are still considered one of the strongest teams in the AFC, but they suffered a convincing defeat in their loss to the Redskins Sunday night. Quarterback Derek Carr never had a chance to get comfortable, and that prevented him from having a big day. However, when he gets off to a sharp start, he is capable of lighting up the scoreboard with his accurate passing.
    Trevor Siemian is the quarterback that scouts and opposing defensive coordinators love to minimize, and it’s clear that he does not have the arm strength or quick release of many of the top signal callers in the league. However, he understands the Denver offense, does not make many mistakes and he is an accurate short- and medium-range passer.
  • Offense
    The Raiders have the kind of offensive balance that give them an edge over most teams. Marshawn Lynch can still pack a powerful punch, but he will be challenged by Denver’s aggressive defense. Michael Crabtree (chest) has shown he can make big plays and difficult catches, while Amari Cooper has the athleticism to cause problems when the game is on the line.
    The Broncos don’t get a lot of respect for the offensive talents largely because of Siemian’s limitations at quarterback and the strength of the defense, but C.J. Anderson and Jamaal Charles give them a solid running attack. Wideouts Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders are a pair of excellent veterans who can make game-changing plays.
  • Defense
    The Raiders have some excellent defensive personnel, but this unit does not always play effectively or cohesively. Khalil Mack is listed as a defensive end on the depth chart, but he can play anywhere on the field and he is an effective pass rusher. The Raiders rank 26th in yardage allowed, and head coach Jack Del Rio must be concerned.
    The Broncos may have the best defense in the league because of their ability to make big plays. They have perhaps the game’s most devastating pass rusher in Von Miller (3.0 sacks) and they rank fourth in yards allowed. Linebacker Brandon Marshall is a sensational tackler and hitter, while strong safety Justin Simmons is an up and coming player who is second to Marshall in tackles.
  • Special Teams
    The Raiders have a different look on special teams through the early part of the season as Giorgio Tavecchio has filled in brilliantly for Sebastian Janikowski by making all six of his FG attempts. Marquette King has a booming leg and is averaging a shocking 53.3 yards per punt.
    The Broncos have often played well on special teams, but they look quite ordinary in that area this season as PK Brandon McManus is 0-for-2 on FG attempts of 40 yards or more. That’s completely unacceptable in the modern era. The coverage teams are performing well.
This should be a tight game as both teams are looking to rebound after poor games in Week Three. While the Broncos feel better about returning home, the Raiders appear to be the more talented offensive team.