Thursday Night Football: Denver Broncos vs. Oakland Raiders


Come to watch Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos jump out to a big lead, stay for the Carson Palmer second half surge of fantasy points in your start two quarterback league. That’s what we have going on tonight.

Oakland’s defense has been dreadful this year. Over the last four games, they have been outscored 84-20 in the first half. That’s right, in the first half they have given up 21 points per game. Manning and the Broncos, meanwhile, have now rolled to seven straight wins. The AFC West is also clinched. If they take care of business tonight, then they can sit back and see if the Patriots bring the Texans back to the pack on Sunday and make for an interesting final three weeks, or alternatively if they move into prime position to go into Baltimore and take the #2 seed.

The line: Broncos -10

The pick: Denver in the first half and for the game, slightly worried about the back door cover when Palmer throws a touchdown with 15 seconds remaining.

[photo via USA Today Sports Images]


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