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2012 NFL schedule: Broncos head to Oakland for midweek game in Week 14

On Thursday against division foe Oakland, AFC West champions Denver will look to win their eighth straight.

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Since their 2-3 start against the league's finest, Denver has been rolling behind quarterback Peyton Manning. After losing starting running back Willis McGahee, the Broncos haven't missed a step, winning each of the last seven games by at least seven points. Though not their toughest test, Denver travels to O.co Coliseum for a division road game against the Oakland Raiders.

Denver trails only the Texas and Patriots in points scored this season and is in the top 10 in points allowed to opposing teams. This is a balanced team that is in the hunt for a postseason first-round bye. Denver joins New England as the only teams in the AFC that have already won their division and will look to put pressure on Baltimore and the Patriots by dispatching the Raiders.

Oakland has been abysmal of late, having lost five straight games, most recently a 20-17 matchup against the Browns. Before the Browns game, Oakland's defense had given up 30-plus points in four straight games. The defense has been bad, but the offense is far from stellar. The running game has been decimated by injuries, with pass-catching fullback Marcel Reese doing mop-up duty for head coach Dennis Allen.

Here is the full NFL slate for Week 14:

Thursday, Dec. 6

  • Broncos at Raiders, 8:20 p.m. ET, NFL Network
Sunday, December 9
Monday, December 10
  • Texans at Patriots, 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
For more on the Broncos, check out Mile High Report. For a full schedule, check out SI.com. And for everything about the NFL in Week 14, head to SB Nation's NFL Hub.