It was an uninspired performance in all aspects of the game. The Redskins' defensive highlights included holding Oakland to a field goal after the Raiders recovered a fumble at the Washington 12-yard line. The Raiders offense was inept, managing only 128 yards. The Broncos won the most recent meeting 24-6 in Denver in Week 17 of last season with Raiders quarterback Derek Carr out with a broken fibula.
Denver went up to western NY and dropped a game to the Buffalo Bills despite being the favorite. Fortunately for the Raiders, the Broncos have Trevor Siemian at quarterback and as well as he's played for them recently, he's not a franchise quarterback.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Broncos are 3-point home favorites versus the Raiders, who opened as 1-point home underdogs. But each one has run into the Denver Broncos' buzz saw this season. If he's mediocre or worse - he threw two interceptions in the loss to Buffalo - they usually lose.
Mental mistakes: The Broncos have to prove they're still on top of their game. If either team suffers a hangover, the other should benefit.
Now in his third season with Oakland, Crabtree has had a career revival since swapping Bay Area teams. That duo was held to a combined two catches a week ago.
Clean it up: Yes, it is just Week 4 of the season, but if the Broncos have any real interest in being the team they believe they are, they can not turn the ball over at their current rate, especially Siemian.
Much like past year, head coach Jack Del Rio would gamble on 4th and 11 with a fake punt to punter Marquette King but the Broncos would be all over it and tackle him for a loss. It wasn't supposed to be like this.
It was a very inconsistent (to be nice) day for the offense after a touchdown drive in the first quarter, with some very untimely penalties, overly conservative play, and poor pass protection (again). With that in mind, this is an important divisional game, I expect the team to play like it's a playoff game.
Defensive end Jonathan Allen's statistics for the Washington Redskins on Sunday night weren't gaudy, but they were significant.
Mourning Red Miller: Red Miller, the fiery head coach who guided the Broncos from obscurity to their first Super Bowl behind the "Orange Crush" defense in 1977, died at 89 from complications of a stroke Wednesday.
Q: Who are some under-the-radar players Denver fans may not have heard of who could have an impact in Sunday's game? Washington's first-round draft choice in April, the former Alabama All-American recorded the first sacks of his career in his third National Football League game. Over his first three games, he has collected 13 receptions for 170 yards. Most teams try to stay away from Talib and Harris for understandable reasons.
Ordinarily, a game this early in the season shouldn't be called a must-win. Well, Denver is here now and recent history says the Raiders will be at their best.