The rivalry between West Africa and West Africa closes the opening week of the 100th NFL season when the Oakland Raiders host the Denver Broncos on Monday night.The first week of the NFL’s 2019 regular season ends on Monday night, with a first glimpse of what could prove to be a crucial rivalry for AFC West this year: the Denver Broncos and the British Raiders. Oakland.Just days before the final match of this week’s “Monday Night Football”, it seemed like the first game of the Raiders season would also be a show. In other words, the expected beginning of none other than that of Antonio Brown, the former polarizer of the Pittsburgh Steelers who has since maneuvered to visit the New England Patriots. Now, people could be listening to see what Oakland will do without their No. 1 receiver that has never been. In a division featuring Kansas City leaders, the Raiders have a long and difficult road to the playoffs, but a solid first step towards that goal – and perhaps even more, definitely abandoning Brown’s drama – to knock down the Broncos in prime time.It’s hard to say if the last season of the Raiders in Oakland before moving to Las Vegas will be successful, but one thing is certain: it will not be boring.
Since they traded for Antonio Brown in the offseason, the Raiders have been extremely busy, not just because they figured on HBO’s Hard Knocks.The wide receiver missed most of the training camp because of frostbite, incurred after not wearing the proper shoes in a cryotherapy chamber.Brown then threatened to quit football if the NFL did not allow him to wear the same helmet he had used for 10 years before filing two grievances against the league.
Despite his shenanigans off the field, the Pro Bowler, seven times better, remains one of the best receivers of the league. Brown has recorded 686 receptions and 9,145 receiving yards since 2013, a record among all players over a six-year period in NFL history.
The 31-year-old has scored 74 touchdowns since his NFL debut in 2010, more than any other active player. Worrisome for the Broncos, Brown averages 110 yards per game, more than any other team he has faced at least three times in his NFL career.Besides Brown, Oakland spent a lot of time signing with left tackle Trent Brown, winner of the Super Bowl LIII with the New England Patriots, and security Lamarcus Joyner.
Wide receiver Tyrell Williams and veterans Richie Incognito and Vontaze Burfict also joined the group as Jon Gruden began his second season as head of the team, determined to improve on his record of 4-12 last year.
If the Raiders launch the new campaign with many unanswered questions, the same can be said of Denver.The Broncos have a new quarterback-coach combination in the form of Joe Flacco and Vic Fangio.Fangio, the former Chicago Bears defensive coordinator, is expected to further improve an already strong defense. Flacco, meanwhile, is the last bet that the Broncos general manager, John Elway, took to try to solve the persistent problem of the quarterback.The 34-year-old lost his starting spot against Lamar Jackson midway through last season after a hip injury.With Flacco on the bench, the Baltimore Ravens lost 6 to 1 as he had to adapt to life as a substitute for the first time in his career.
While the 34-year-old is a risky bet for the Broncos, it bodes well for Denver, as Flacco is 8-3 as a starter on the opening weekend and has a touchdown.In addition to a new caller, Denver acquired Kareem Jackson and Bryce Callahan to consolidate its workforce and also signed a lucrative contract with the right tackle Ja’Wuan James.The Broncos have the second most difficult program in the league and the series could remain elusive for a fourth consecutive season.