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NFL Picks: Broncos Vs. Raiders - Tim Tebow's First Start

The Denver Broncos (3-10) face the Oakland Raiders (6-7) on the road this Sunday afternoon. The Broncos will seek to right a wrong done to them earlier in the season: their 59-14 loss to the Raiders at Mile High back in October. Kyle Orton is out and Tim Tebow will make his first NFL start. It's finally time to see what Josh McDaniels' prized draft pick can do, minus McDaniels being on the sidelines to see the results.

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Tebow couldn't ask for a tougher place to make his first start--the black hole of Oakland. Will he get sucked into it or be able to hold his own?

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Prediction: Broncos 28, Raiders 24

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Call me overly optimistic, but I believe Tebow will show fans and detractors that he can play in the NFL. I expect a passing and a rushing touchdown for the rookie quarterback and over 200 yards passing. I also expect Knowshon Moreno to be relied on heavily, entering the end zone via the ground twice.

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