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Oakland at Denver
When: 4:25 PM ET, Sunday, September 16, 2018
Where: Broncos Stadium at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

Von Miller wreaked havoc in the Denver Broncos' season-opening victory and has a good chance to do it again when his team hosts the AFC West-rival Oakland Raiders on Sunday. Miller registered three sacks and forced two fumbles, recovering one himself, as the Broncos posted a 27-24 triumph over Seattle last weekend.

Miller's efforts helped make Case Keenum's debut with Denver a successful one as the journeyman completed 25-of-39 passes for 329 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions after signing a two-year, $36 million contract in March. Miller could have an even bigger day against Oakland, which started well but faded miserably in its season-opening 33-13 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. The Raiders scored a touchdown on the first possession of the game and held a 13-10 lead at halftime but allowed 23 points while being blanked in the second half. Derek Carr threw for 303 yards but was intercepted three times and failed to record a TD pass as the Raiders sent their fans home disappointed in coach Jon Gruden's return to the sideline after a nine-year hiatus.

TV: 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Broncos -6. O/U: 45.5

ABOUT THE RAIDERS (0-1): Oakland added a new, yet familiar, face this week, re-signing wide receiver Martavis Bryant on Wednesday after releasing him nine days earlier. "I think he's in a good place right now," Gruden told reporters of Bryant, who was acquired from Pittsburgh in April but had a disappointing training camp. "I think he's healthy. I think he's ready to go. I'm sold on that." While top receivers Amari Cooper and Jordy Nelson combined for 32 yards on four receptions last week, Jared Cook had a huge game, making nine catches for a career-high 180 yards to become the seventh tight end in NFL history to record those numbers in a single contest.

ABOUT THE BRONCOS (1-0): Denver received solid contributions from a pair of rookie running backs in its season opener as Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman each gained 71 yards on 15 carries, with the former also catching a touchdown pass. Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas also had a TD reception against Seattle and looks to make it six consecutive home games with a scoring catch on Sunday. Emmanuel Sanders aims for another big day against the Raiders after hauling in 10 passes for 135 yards and a touchdown in the season opener.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Miller leads the NFL with 86 1/2 sacks since entering the league in 2011.

2. Oakland DE Bruce Irvin has forced 11 fumbles since 2016 - the most in the league in that span.

3. Keenum threw only seven interceptions in 15 games with Minnesota last season.

PREDICTION: Broncos 41, Raiders 17
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W‑L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf OT Div Conf
Oakland 0-1 L1 13.0 33.0 0-1 0-0 0-1 0-0 - - 0-0
Denver 1-0 W1 27.0 24.0 1-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 - - 0-0
Last Meeting
Oakland Denver
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
11/26/17 DEN 14 OAK 21 348 104 244 216 56 160
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Oakland D. Carr 75.0 253 2 0
Denver T. Siemian 52.4 149 2 0
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Oakland M. Lynch 26 67 2.6 1
Denver P. Lynch 2 17 8.5 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Oakland C. Patterson 3 72 24.0 0
Denver C. Latimer 3 48 16.0 1
Touchdowns Player TD
Oakland A. Cooper 1
Denver B. Fowler III 1
Season
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Oakland D. Carr 72.5 303 0 3
Denver C. Keenum 64.1 329 3 3
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Oakland M. Lynch 11 41 3.7 1
Denver R. Freeman 15 71 4.7 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Oakland J. Cook 9 180 20.0 0
Denver E. Sanders 10 135 13.5 1
Touchdowns Player TD
Oakland M. Lynch 1
Denver P. Lindsay 1