Much as things change in Oakland, they’re still the Raiders

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Many times over the past couple seasons, we've expressed our opinion that the Raiders on the right track with GM Reggie McKenzie in charge.

That hasn't changed, but as Denver heads to Oakland this week, they will be facing off against a team in familiar turmoil.

Let us not forget - there's still a Davis atop the organization.

Sunday brought word that owner Mark Davis had engaged in protracted talks to replace head coach Dennis Allen with Jon Gruden a year ago (one year into Allen's tenure), and it's thought that Davis might make another run at Chucky this offseason.

Obviously, Allen doesn't have much to say about those rumors.

But he might have to again discuss his quarterback situation on Tuesday, after having announced on Monday that Terrelle Pryor would start over Matt McGloin.

You see, Pryor's agent, Jerome Stanley, hurled a laughable accusation that by starting Pryor, Allen & Co. were setting the ex-Buckeye up to fail.

Pryor took to Twitter to apologize on Stanley's behalf, but we have to figure this will be an especially awkward week at the Raiders facility.

Broncos

Multimedia: BTV on Von Miller's injury; Von's teammates react; John Elway's latest podcast.

John Fox was sent home Monday with flu-like symptoms; before he left, he said that Wes Welker has still not been cleared.

Sam Monson amazes at the play of Terrance Knighton in Houston, and says Louis Vasquez and Manny Ramirez did about as well against J.J. Watt as could have been expected.

Andrew Mason expects we'll see more of Nate Irving, Robert Ayers, and Jeremy Mincey in Von's absence, Doug Farrar says Von's loss cannot be sugarcoated, while Jeff Legwold is sticking with his narrative that Miller wasn't playing all that well anyway.

Mike Silver thinks Peyton Manning might be a unanimous winner of this year's MVP vote.

Patrick Saunders considers the pointless question of whether Manning or John Elway was more entertaining to watch. This is no better than pondering which of your children you love most.

Who is Mike Klis talking about when he says Knowshon Moreno's having eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark was barely noticed?

Raiders

In classic Raiders fashion, the team was flagged 12 times against San Diego on Sunday.

Oakland's 2014 opponents have been set.

News

In the final regular season game at Candlestick Park, San Francisco (11-4) held off a late rally by Atlanta (4-11) for a 34-24 win sealed by an 89-yard pick-six by NaVorro Bowman. The victory clinched a playoff berth for the Niners and keeps them alive in the race for the NFCW title and HFA. Here are the updated NFC clinching scenarios.

Having clinched their playoff spot and seed, Kansas City is expected to rest some key players against San Diego, which still has a slim chance of making the postseason. As Bill Barnwell notes, this may end up helping the playoff chances of both the Chargers and Dolphins.

With Tony Romo injured and Kyle Orton now starting, Dallas will work out quarterbacks David Carr, John Skelton, and Tyler Thigpen.

Buffalo extended DT Alan Branch.

Injuries

Green Bay LB Clay Matthews reinjured his broken thumb and is likely out this week, while San Diego TE John PhillipsNew Orleans S Kenny Vaccaro (ankle), Houston CB Johnathan Joseph (toe), and St. Louis tackle Jake Long (knee) are done for the year.

Nine former Chiefs, including Albert Lewis, have joined a lawsuit against the team over its handling of head injuries.

Analysis

Obviously, Mike Tanier's 2013 All-Rookie Team doesn't include any Broncos, but it does reraise the question of whether they should have taken Eddie Lacy or Montee Ball.

Matt Bowen says the rules and their enforcement have made playing defensive back a near impossibility in today's NFL.

Robert Mays lists his winners and losers of Week 16.

PFF's best (Eric Decker, Terrance Knighton) and worst (dishonorable mention for Orlando Franklin) players of Week 16.

Will Leitch includes Rick Reilly and Pete Prisco among his worst sports media figures of every year 2013.

Maths

Neil Paine, who is joining FiveThirtyEight (Congratulations!), offers his solution to the outliers produced by lopsided victories.

Per DYAR, Peyton Manning was the #1 quarterback of Week 16.

Yuks

As if being a Lions fan isn't painful enough, their season-ticket holders received playoff tickets in the mail yesterday - a day after the team was eliminated from postseason contention.

Christmas Ape interprets Peter King's MMQB, in which PK blamed inactive safety Jawanza Starling for having allowed Manning's historic touchdown.

Tom Brady spoke Monday about the high five snubs that have marred his season.

Doug is IAOFM’s resident newsman and spelling czar. Follow him on Twitter @IAOFM

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