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Good Morning, Broncos fans! We're all too aware that the Broncos have lost four straight home games to the Raiders, and six of nine matchups regardless of location.

No figure has loomed larger in this matchup recently than Oakland RB Darren McFadden, who has racked up 510 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns in his last three games against Denver, all Raiders wins. Injury kept the back out of their last meeting, when the Broncos won 38-24 in Oakland.

Obviously, the Broncos defense is well aware of the threat McFadden brings; fortunately for Denver, Oakland may be somewhat one-dimensional today due to a banged-up WR corps.

Of course, Jeff Legwold agrees that stopping McFadden is the number-one key to the game for Denver, and Oakland's running game is their primary advantage against the Broncos.

Andrew Mason expects the Broncos to rotate their running backs more today, what with Willis McGahee still dealing with a rib injury.

Broncos

Knowshon Moreno pleaded guilty to a DWAI charge from his February incident.

The team did not designate Quinton Carter as being eligible to return from IR this year.

Denver has not scored a first-quarter touchdown so far this season; Peyton Manning blames his newness to the team.

Omar Bolden tells Lindsay Jones that a summer camp run by Pete Carroll helped convert him from a high-school running back to a college corner; LJ focuses on PI penalties, which were called much more frequently with the scab refs; players expect those calls to be far more consistent going forward.

Zach Fogg revisits the history of the Denver/Oakland rivalry, including the inspiration for the name of this website.

Mark Kiszla says the 2012 draft class has been a dud so far, but it's strange to indict Danny Trevathan and Bolden for their lack of contributions to the defense. Who exactly were they supposed to play ahead of to this point?

RIP Greg Miller, a former longtime scout for the Broncos who died at 57.

Raiders

Michael Huff is expected to again start at corner instead of his typical safety spot, in place of the injured Shawntae Spencer.

Oakland has used plenty of three-tight end sets this year, but will be unable to do so with only two players dressing at the position.

Oddly, it's the Broncos who are more heavily penalized and missing players due to suspension heading into a game against the Raiders.

Trimmings

The NFLRA ratified their new CBA by a vote of 112-5; Judy Battista profiles Ed Hochuli, whose already unmatched popularity among referees was bolstered by the lockout.

As expected, San Diego signed kicker Nick Novak to temporarily take the place of the injured Nate Kaeding; they once again shuttled lineman Reggie Wells off their roster to make room for Novak.

Brian McIntyre goes over the most notable injuries heading into today's games.

Former Denver draftee Nick Eason is the latest player to accuse Dolphins guard Richie Incognito of being a dickhead on the field; Eason claims Incognito spit in his face during a 2010 game.

Matt Birk, former teammate of Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, and current teammate of Ravens LB Brendon Ayanbadejo (both outspoken supporters of gay marriage), has jumped into the gay marriage debate, but on the side of bigotry and marginalization. Unsurprisingly, he uses his own religion as a crutch to back up his smallminded desire to govern the lives of others. Thankfully, Kluwe will be offering a response.

Scrapple

Lance Easley, the guy who blew Monday night's call in Seattle, is so delusional that he thinks people will want to pay him for interviews. FWIW, he's a VP for Bank of America.

In their Sunday columns, Ian Rapoport says A.J. Smith offered another recent reminder that the Chargers GM is a jerkoff, while Dan Pompei focuses on the Falcons' coordinator changes.

At least the KC Star is well aware (along with Woody Paige) that the name of Washington's NFL team is a racial epithet.

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

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