The Denver Broncos will host the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 11 of the NFL season. Both teams are struggling and are currently around the bottom of the AFC. Over their previous five matchups, the Raiders are 5-0 and have had the Broncos’ number. If these three bold predictions hold true, the Raiders will maintain their perfect record against the Broncos.
Raiders K Daniel Carlson breaks the record of most consecutive made field goals
Given that Carlson is among the best kickers in the NFL, this prediction isn’t entirely outlandish. However, Carlson will surpass Adam Vinatieri’s mark of 44 straight field goals. After failing to try one during their defeat to the Indianapolis Colts, Carlson is now at 41. Due to the Broncos’ defense and Mile High Stadium, Carlson has a good chance of breaking this record against them.
The Raiders offense, which has been struggling, faces a stout Broncos defense. They should be able to move the ball, but against the league’s best scoring defense, they won’t be able to score much. This will make Carlson even deadlier because the game will be played at Mile High. Carlson will have some chances to make field goals because the altitude at Mile High is higher than average, which causes balls to travel farther. After his performance against the Broncos, Carlson will go 4 for 4 on field goals and set a new record of 45 straight successful field goals.
Davante Adams gets his revenge versus Patrick Surtain II
Surtain shadowed Adams 71 percent of the time, allowing four receptions for 46 yards on eight targets, according to Next Gen Stats. You can’t ask for better coverage when defending Adams than this. Sunday marks the second part of their matchup this season.
Adams takes great satisfaction in his work and certainly wants to perform better against Surtain this time around. Adams has at least one touchdown reception and an average of over 136 yards in his last two outings. He isn’t the only one playing at a high level, as Surtain has only given up a total of four catches for 18 yards over his last four contests, according to Pro Football Focus. Both players are in good form going into their game, but Adams won’t allow Surtain to keep him contained once more. Expect Adams to have more than 100 receiving yards and two touchdowns even without Hunter Renfrow and Darren Waller.
Raiders vs. Broncos: Maxx Crosby and Chandler Jones combine for four sacks
Jones has been a letdown in comparison to Crosby, the other half of the supposedly dynamic pass-rushing duo. But this game versus the Broncos might be the one in which we get to see both of them at their best. The offensive line of the Denver Broncos is currently riddled with injuries and instability. Following a game in which they gave up six sacks, that unit has now given up the sixth-most sacks all season, according to Lineups. In their first encounter, Crosby sacked Russell Wilson twice, and he’ll surpass his own performance to sack Wilson three times on Sunday. Jones will sack Wilson, a familiar opponent, for the first time without any assistance this season. The pair totals four sacks together and gives us hints of what they could have been all season.
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