Denver travels to Oakland this weekend to play at O.co Coliseum, which is known as one of the most unique environments in the NFL.
For the Broncos rookies, it will be their first time playing in front of tens of thousands of Raiders fans. But instead of being apprehensive, they are looking forward to that prospect.
“When I was younger, I used to look at the fake mascots in the stands with the horns on their heads, and I thought, ‘What’s going on over there in Oakland?’” safety Rahim Moore said. “I can’t wait to experience it and be able to help win and do what we can to compete with those guys, because they are a great team.”
Fellow rookie, linebacker Von Miller, said he enjoys the passion of the Raiders’ fans and knows that they make it tough for opposing teams to play in Oakland.
“I’ve known about Oakland’s stadium since I was a little boy, where everybody dresses up in the shoulder pads and everything,” Miller said. “They’ve got great fans; it’s just not too great if you’re the opponent going in there.”
Regardless of the challenge the atmosphere presents, Miller said he’s excited for the AFC West rematch.
“It’s a rivalry game,” he said. “It’s way different than college rivalry games, because it feels like it’s more on the field than the atmosphere. It’s definitely going to be one of those chippy games, and I’m looking forward to it again.”
Below are some photos from the Broncos practice Wednesday as heavy snow forced the team indoors.