This week 14, the NFL will kickoff with a lopsided AFC West showdown, as the red-hot (9-3) Denver Broncos pay a visit to the lowly (3-9) Oakland Raiders.
This Thursday Night Football predictions battle kicks off at 8:30 PM ET and you can catch all the hard-hitting action live on NFL Network. Week 14 betting oddsmakers list the Broncos as -10.5 favorites over the Silver and Black and the O/U is set at a total of 48 points.
For Denver, the arrival of Peyton Manning has had an immediate impact on this team. After a rather lackluster start to the season, the Broncos have now won seven straight games, which has already made them 2013 AFC West Division champs with four weeks to play.
Manning has certainly put his name atop the list of potential Most Valuable Players, as he comes in completing 68% of his passes for 3,502 yards, 29 touchdowns, 9 interceptions, and an unbelievable quarterback rating of 104.6.
Manning, who’s already the only player in history to win 4 MVP trophies will be looking to extend that record by acquiring his fifth. Nevertheless, perhaps the greatest of all time remains humble and gracious in his approach, which is as amazing as his accomplishments on the field.
"I really feel like I am a different quarterback," he said. "I don’t think I’m trying to be the quarterback I was when I was 28, 29. I’m 36 years old, I’m coming off a season off. I’m with a new team, new teammates. I’m kind of re-establishing myself as a quarterback at this time.
"It’s a totally new chapter in my football career and I’m trying to be the best quarterback I can in this chapter. I’m not really trying to outdo the player I was earlier in my career."
- OSH Free Thursday Night Football Predictions: Denver Broncos (-10.5)
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