NFL.com and NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport has his thoughts on the game:
Why this game is intriguing: There's nothing wrong with tuning in to NFL Network on Thursday night just to see Peyton Manning. His games have been destination viewing for years. The Denver Broncos have already clinched the AFC West title, now they're merely fighting for postseason seeding. It would be difficult to find a more inviting foe than the hapless Oakland Raiders. And yes, it's quite possible Manning will go nuts on that woeful Oakland secondary. Yet two factors make us think this might be closer than most anticipate. It's in Oakland, which may slow Manning down a tad. And running back Darren McFadden could make his long-awaited return. Will that spark the Raiders?
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