Denver Broncos announce they will stand for the anthem as a team

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The Denver Broncos will host the Oakland Raiders on Sunday in the biggest game for both teams to this point in the season. Furthermore, five of the Broncos' six turnovers have set their opponents up in Denver territory; four of those five drives ended in touchdowns that represent more than half of the touchdowns allowed by Denver's defense this year.

"He's been a great addition", Del Rio said, noting he brings "passion and toughness" to a roster that prides itself on nastiness.

PROTECT THE CARR: Oakland's offensive line has been one of the league's best in recent years.

"My philosophy on that is: When you have adversity, you just have to get back to work and not overact, not ruin the week", he said.

BILLS: Left tackle Cordy Glenn won't play in Sunday's game against Atlanta because of a foot injury. But that unit lost tackle Menelik Watson to Denver this season and had its problems against Washington last week. "He can do it all". But they haven't had much success against the Denver secondary led by Aqib Talib, Chris Harris Jr. and Bradley Roby. Three pass-rushers have already had at least 1.5 sacks in a game against the Broncos - the Dallas Cowboys' DeMarcus Lawrence (two), and the Los Angeles Chargers' Joey Bosa (1.5) and Melvin Ingram (1.5).

In the 2016 regular-season finale, Talib ripped Crabtree's chain off his neck during the game.

The Broncos offense goes through Thomas and Sanders, who have now been the lead dogs through three different quarterback regimes with the team. Mack has 32 sacks since he was the Raiders' first-round pick in 2014. (Elway wasn't interested in "taking politics out of football" in March when he endorsed Trump's Supreme Court nominee on letterhead the team claims was not official Broncos letterhead but had a huge Broncos logo at the top of the page.) While the Broncos said it was the players who chose to stand for the anthem, it's at least worth wondering how many players were concerned about going against their boss if they didn't.

"About the first thing he does is he says to the Broncos". Let me tell you, the Oakland Raiders' Khalil Mack is a great one.

Paxton Lynch is the only Bronco who is listed as Out for the game against the Raiders. "We wanted to make our point and it's done now".

The team made it very clear that they were not protesting the military, the flag or those who keep us safe. "It wasn't an apology or anything like that".

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