By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Tuesday, December 14th, 2010 at 7:11 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Local television weather reports are forecasting a “major weather event” for the weekend.
Apparently it could rain hard Friday and Saturday and in to Sunday, meaning the Broncos-Raiders game could be played in the most slop since the 2002 season finale against Kansas City.
A few things worth noting:
– Might be a better rushing day for Michael Bush than Darren McFadden, considering McFadden has likely played on mostly artificial surfaces as a Southeastern Conference star. Bush is more nimble than he looks, but might better play the role of the heavy-footed plodder.
– A slightly wet field is good for the passing game since the receivers know where they’re going and defenders are reacting. If it’s really bad, it might mean a heavy dose of Tim Tebow as a running quarterback. Interim coach Eric Studesville has already committed to Kyle Orton as the starter against Oakland.
– A forecast of heavy rain makes it a virtual slam dunk there will be no local television (although that dunk probably has already been slammed).
– Regardless of how the weather changes strategies, it shouldn’t have much of an effect on the end result. The Broncos have been off-the-charts awful for the last two weeks and I’m guessing the Raiders will be suitably angered by the one that just got away.
– Loved an honest response by Jacksonville coach Jack Del Rio, who told Jaguars beat writers about Mike Mitchell’s extra-curricular activities with Kasim Osgood, but when asked if that was exactly the kind of football he would have cheered as a Raiders fan in his youth, said, “That’s very true. I’ve been a player and had that stuff happen. So I understand that stuff.”
Osgood is one of the league’s better special teams players, and one of the real treats about watching a game in person is watching how players of his caliber are attacked on special teams.