An AFC West showdown is the marquee matchup of Week 3, with the Denver Broncos hosting the Oakland Raiders in the late afternoon session. The game is being televised at 4:25 p.m. ET on CBS and streaming online at CBS All-Access, with the A-team of Jim Nantz and Tony Romo on the call.
Both teams are 2-1 and have the looks of potential playoff contenders this season, but they’re trying to recover from disappointing losses in Week 3. This game could have major ramifications down the line. With the Kansas City Chiefs starting off 3-0, the Raiders and Broncos can’t afford much room for error. The team that drops to 2-2 will have a lot of ground to make up over the next two months.
The Broncos’ offense didn’t have many answers for the Buffalo Bills, with Trevor Siemian throwing two picks in a 26-16 loss. The one bright spot on offense was the resurgence of Jamaal Charles, who scored the Broncos’ only touchdown and led the team with 56 yards on nine carries. Staying in a committee with C.J. Anderson, Charles showed flashes of his old self after knee injuries wiped out most of his past two seasons.
Meanwhile, the Raiders completely flatlined on Sunday Night Football, getting steamrolled by Washington, 27-10. The offense, which is supposed to be the team’s biggest calling card, never showed up in this game. Derek Carr threw for just 118 yards and a touchdown to two interceptions. Marshawn Lynch didn’t do anything of note, rushing for 18 yards on six carries. Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree were invisible, combining for two catches and 13 yards before Crabtree left with a chest injury. The defense was carved up by Kirk Cousins, giving life to a Washington offense that struggled in the early going this year.
It was a comprehensive meltdown that makes one wonder how good the Raiders really are this year, after handling the Tennessee Titans and New York Jets in the first two weeks. There are also more injury concerns with Crabtree listed as questionable…