Off their bye week, the Raiders get a second chance to play Carson Palmer at QB. Palmer who has stated he wasn’t ready to play and told he wasn’t going to against the Chiefs in week 7, had a full extra week to learn and practice the Raiders playbook.
It won’t be easy on Palmer because he will be missing the Raiders best player on offense in Darren McFadden. McFadden who can open up the game with one rush of the ball will be out with a sprained foot. Michael Bush will get the start at RB in place of the injured because Darren McFadden is out this week with sprained foot. The Raiders looking to give Palmer more comfort, signed a familiar Palmer target in T.J. Houshmandzadeh. Palmer has to take a big step forward to improve on his bad start against the Chiefs.
With all the Palmer problems, the Raiders are lucky the Broncos have a worse problem. Their problem is Tim Tebow. If he doesn’t improve early, look for Brady Quinn to see some time and hopefully the end of the Tebow era. Willis McGahee will play after sitting out last week game because of hand surgery. If the Raiders can stop McGahee and Knowshon Moreno, the game will be an easy win for the Raiders.
Key Matchup: Battle of the Quaterback – We know that no matter how bad Palmer does, Kyle Boller won’t step on the field but we can’t say the same for Tebow. If Tebow pulls some magic out of his hat, the game should be competitive.
Outcome: The Raiders win easy 27-14.