Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen, the Denver Broncos’ defensive coordinator in 2011, is in the middle of a difficult process.
His challenge is to create a game plan to limit the damage Peyton Manning intends to inflict Monday night at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The contest is slated for 7:40 p.m. Cayman time on ESPN.
“You have to be careful with anything that you do against Peyton,” Allen said. “He’s a guy that sees the field as well as anybody that I’ve ever had the opportunity to go against. It’s hard to fool him.
“It’s hard to trick him. But you have to find ways that you can affect him and disrupt him a little bit in the pocket. We’ll have a game plan that we feel like gives us an opportunity to have some success against him. I think we all understand what a great offense we’re going up against and understand the challenges we face.”
In recent days, the Denver quarterback has his focus not on Monday’s game but on disaster relief in Colorado. With the state being hit hard this month by floods, Manning urged people to contribute in any way they could.
“It’s been a very difficult situation for Colorado, just a terrible tragedy for those who have been affected by these floods,” Manning said. “Homes, lives – you can’t make up for the loss of life or the loss of a home, but when a community or a team comes together, you can make a difference and provide some type of comfort, some type of peace for those that are struggling.
“It’s hard to watch the news and see the news reports. That is not what you want to see. But I do encourage folks to give something. Monies, time, whether it’s to the Red Cross or whatever, do something.”
Meanwhile, Monday’s game will match the NFL’s top-ranked rushing offense (the Raiders are averaging 198.5 yards on the ground) against the league’s No. 1 rushing defense (the Broncos are giving up only 40.5 yards per game on the ground).
Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor will be playing in his first game against Denver.
“I’ve always been in rivalries and it doesn’t matter who we’re playing,” said the ex-Ohio State star. “Hopefully Raider Nation doesn’t get mad at me for this, but it’s just another opportunity, another opponent. I really don’t look at all the (rivalry) stuff. I just want to get a win.”