DENVER @ OAKLAND
Ok, so I missed this boat slightly. I
didn't recommend Knowshon Moreno, and with good reason. You saw how pitiful the Denver red zone offense was and is. The Broncos were 2-for-7 inside
the 20. Then, you need to
consider several factors that had to happen to make Moreno's day even better
than it should have been. The Broncos lost Demaryius Thomas to
injury, meaning Matthew Willis was out there for a lot more snaps.
Second, the already banged up Raiders defense lost safeties Tyvon Branch (he returned) and Michael
Huff and Mike Mitchell in
the defensive backfield. With Rolando McClain
already out of the middle, the run support was even more compromised, and that
made Moreno's day much better than it might have otherwise been. One more note, Moreno rushed for 119 yards,
but it took him 32 carries to get there.
If you played him, congrats on bucking the odds.
As for Oakland, the biggest worry for someone who owns Caron Palmer might be the organization’s desire to see what they
have in Terrelle Pryor and/or Matt Leinart Remember Palmer is starting to get up there in
age, and at 3-10, the Raiders have little to play for other than the role of
spoiler. Should Pryor be given an
opportunity, you have to downgrade all offensive weapons, particularly the receivers. Darren
McFadden’s first game back saw Oakland press him into service for a
two-to-one advantage in carries with Marcel
Reece, and McFadden ended up with a receiving touchdown. For the second straight week Rod Streater was the tops of all WR,
this time for receptions for 100 yards.