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December 16 2017, 03:05 | Sammy Rose
Just don't go calling for Colin Kaepernick to be signed just yet.
Both teams stand at a crossroads ahead of this game today; a win would consolidate their work over recent weeks and move them to a place where they can be satisfied with a strong start to the season. They are plays that we've covered in practice that hurt us.
ABOUT THE BRONCOS (2-1): Despite last week's effort, Anderson ranks fifth in the league with 235 rushing yards and is averaging 4.4 per carry.
Although initially, it seems as if Denver's pass defense has taken a step back-as they are giving up 210 yards through the air in 2017 compared with the 185.8 they gave up last year-a closer look shows that's not necessarily the case. Rookie running back Dalvin Cook's left knee buckled while he tried to plant it and make a cut toward the end of a run, and Lions safety Tavon Wilson popped the ball out with his tackle.
The Broncos wouldn't return to the red zone until their first drive of the third quarter, and it wasn't a true red-zone trip. He was helped off the field and did not return to the game. In the second quarter, down by 10, Del Rio opted to run on 4th-and-1 at the Denver 31 rather than try a field goal.
Carr's status for next Sunday's game against Baltimore remains in question. I just don't trust the Raiders defense, especially on the road. In 25 offensive possessions in 2014 and '15 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, the Raiders punted 19 times, scored three touchdowns, turned it over twice and missed a field goal. It's not that big of a difference. The last time he and Mack were playing together in Denver at their best, Mack ended up with five sacks. The only thing I can ask them to do is do it with class. "I haven't see the play so I can't say". The Denver Broncos still get after it defensively, but the improved playmaking ability of Siemian has given this offense life, making this a balanced AFC West squad.
These longtime division rivals split their two meetings past year with the home team winning both times.
In that sudden-change situation, the Broncos again failed to punch the ball in. He finished with four catches for 75 yards on a day when Thomas and Sanders combined for only 38 yards.
He leads the Raiders with a mere 139 yards and a touchdown on three dozen carries but brings more than just numbers to his hometown team, namely a tone-setting physicality and personality.
"Under the circumstances, of course, we don't want anything to happen to Derek", Manuel said. "I've got to watch everything, but got to find a way to get touchdowns instead of field goals - which, I thought the first week, we did a good job of".