ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Over the next few weeks, we'll take a look at the Broncos' 2011 schedule game-by-game, including a recap of what happened the last time the teams clashed, matchups to keep an eye on and more.
First up, Week 1's game against the Oakland Raiders at INVESCO Field at Mile High on Monday Night Football.
• DATE: Monday, September 12
THE LAST TIME: The Raiders swept the Broncos in 2010, including
The largest offensive effort by a visiting team in INVESCO Field history resulted in a final score of 59-14.
"It needs to hurt so this won't happen again,"
WHAT TO WATCH FOR: The Raiders went undefeated in the AFC West last season, but made a coaching change after missing the postseason for an eighth straight year. The Broncos have a new leader as well in Head Coach John Fox, so only one man can kick off his tenure with a win.
KEY MATCHUP: Oakland running back Darren McFadden vs. Denver's run defense
Last season at INVESCO, McFadden gained 165 yards on the ground and 31 more through the air, racking up four total touchdowns. With new pieces added to the defense, including first-round pick
NOTES: 2011 marks the 20th consecutive season the Broncos have played on Monday Night Football, extending the longest active streak in the league. It is the second-longest streak of its kind all-time...The last time the Broncos and Raiders squared off on MNF -- in 2008 -- Denver won 41-14...The Broncos open at home for the first time since 2004, and the game against the Raiders marks the first time since 2001 that the season opener has been at home and on Monday Night Football...With the exclusion of last year's Oakland sweep, the Broncos have won at least one game against the Raiders every season since 2003, including three sweeps of their own.