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Broncos vs. Raiders NFL Week 9 Matchup: Raiders Defensive Line Looks To Dominate

When the Raiders defeated the Broncos on Monday Night Football in Week 1, a large part of the reason for the victory was the fact that the Raiders sacked Kyle Orton five times. That is a massive accomplishment, considering Orton was not sacked more than twice in any other game in which he played. Tim Tebow, on the other hand, has not been so fortunate or well-protected. The Broncos gave up a miserly 1.6 sacks per game with Orton at the helm, but have allowed Tim Tebow to be sacked seven times in both his starts.

Interestingly enough, if you calculate that out you'll find that the Broncos have allowed 22 sacks in 7 games, for a ratio of 22/7. For all you math nerds out there, that number means that the Broncos are giving up 3.14159 sacks per game, or pi sacks per game.

The Raiders, on the other hand, are sacking the opposing quarterback to a tune of 2.14 sacks per game. They had no trouble with the Broncos' line the first time around and it's difficult to imagine they will have much trouble this time either. The Raiders' sack numbers are a direct correlation to their win-loss record. In their four wins, they have sacked the quarterback a total of fourteen times. In their three losses, they have sacked the quarterback only once. If the Raiders can get to Tebow at least four times, they should be able to pull away from Denver.