When the Denver Broncos offense takes the field against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday they be lining up against one of the better secondaries in the NFL. The Raiders are sporting the league's eighth best pass defense and one of the best cornerbacks in the game today, Nnamdi Asomugha.â†µ
The Broncos 3rd ranked passing game still hopes to find success against Oakland because of their ability to spread around to receivers Brandon Lloyd, Jabar Gaffney and Eddie Royal, but also because of the Raiders preference to play zone coverage:â†µ
It doesn't work as well, Asomugha said, because the Raiders don't spend as much time practicing a zone concept as they do man coverage.â†µ
Asomugha likely won't shadow one receiver this Sunday against a Denver Broncos team with three wide receivers who have at least 32 receptions.
But you can bet Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton will know where Asomugha is every down.
While Denver hopes to see continued success on the ground against the Raiders' porous run defense, they still know that the passing game is what has gotten them this far and a balanced offense is needed to continue to improve.