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Shanahan hopes to add to Raiders' misery

Nov 8, 2006 - 12:51 AM Denver (6-2) at Oakland (2-6) Sunday 4:05 pm EST

OAKLAND, California (Ticker) -- It would be easy for the Denver Broncos to look ahead to next week's showdown against the San Diego Chargers. But coach Mike Shanahan will not let them.

Shanahan would like nothing more than to add to the Oakland Raiders' misery when the Broncos visit the "Black Hole" on Sunday.

Since being fired as Raiders coach by Al Davis 17 years ago, Shanahan is 18-5 against his former team, including three straight wins.

The latest came on October 15 when the Broncos posted a 13-3 victory over the offensively-challenged Raiders.

Denver sacked Andrew Walter four times and bottled up running back LaMont Jordan, who had 60 yards on 23 carries and fumbled at the Denver 27 with 4 1/2 minutes left in the game. Oakland managed only a 47-yard field goal by Sebastian Janikowski in the third quarter.

Jake Plummer hit Javon Walker with a 54-yard bomb before Tatum Bell scored on a two-yard run and Jason Elam kicked a pair of field goals for the Broncos, who have yielded a total of 23 points in their last three wins against Oakland.

No team has scored fewer points this season than the Raiders, who have just 92 in eight games. They have been shut out twice, including a 16-0 loss at Seattle on Monday night when Walter was sacked nine times.

Raiders coach Art Shell was a Hall of Fame tackle, but even he has not been able to help an offensive line that has yielded a league-high 44 sacks.

After allowing just 44 points in their first six games, the Broncos have given up 54 in the last two.

Last week, Walker starred in the Broncos' 31-20 win at Pittsburgh in a rematch of last season's AFC championship game, catching a pair of 10-yard touchdown passes and racing 72 yards for a score.

Acquired last April for a second-round pick, Walker has 39 receptions for 669 yards and five scores this season.

The Broncos forced six turnovers in the win at Pittsburgh, including three interceptions of Ben Roethlisberger.

Cornerback Champ Bailey recorded two interceptions, nickel back Curome Cox had an interception and recovered a fumble and cornerback Darrent Williams recovered two fumbles for the Broncos, who remain tied with San Diego for first place in the AFC West.

The Chargers will play at Cincinnati on Sunday before the November 19 showdown at Denver.

Bailey likely will match up against five-time Pro Bowler Randy Moss, who has just 26 catches for 371 yards and three touchdowns. Moss caught five passes for 86 yards in the loss at Denver.

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