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Lock has a chance to show he's Broncos' best option at quarterback in 2021

Drew Lock has a chance at solidifying his cause as Denver's best option at quarterback in 2021. AP Photo/Jack Dempsey

Raiders (7-8) at Broncos (5-10)

4:25 p.m. ET | CBS

Matchup rating: 34.7 | Spread: LV -2.5 (51)

What to watch for: It is Denver quarterback Drew Lock's final chance in 2020 to show whether he can be the 2021 starter. He has gotten some votes of confidence along the way, and the Broncos do figure to amp up the competition in the quarterback room a bit this offseason, but this is his closing argument in a decidedly up-and-down year. He goes into this one tied for the league lead in interceptions and ranking last in completion percentage. -- Jeff Legwold

Bold prediction: After leaving so many points on the field last week, settling for field goals from 23, 38, 20 and 22 yards, the Raiders will unleash a Marcus Mariota package deep in the red zone to try to score TDs rather than FGs. Starting quarterback Derek Carr, with his strained groin, was nowhere near mobile last week, but Mariota is healthy and not against extending plays or running the ball in. -- Paul Gutierrez

Stat to know: The Raiders are 5-14 in December/January regular-season games since 2017, the worst record in such games in the NFL over that span.

Playoff/draft picture: With the Raiders officially out of it, this is another game whose implications are limited to draft position concerns. Denver is projected to have the ninth draft spot per FPI, and it has a 54.7% chance to stay in the top 10. It even has an ever-so-slight chance at the top five (0.3%, per FPI). The Raiders are currently looking at the No. 17 draft spot, and they cannot enter the top 10 at this point.

Injuries: Raiders | Broncos

What to know for fantasy: Over the past two weeks, the Broncos' Noah Fant ranks inside the top five tight ends in targets (21), receptions (14) and fantasy points (33.3). See Week 17 rankings.

Betting nugget: The Raiders have covered five straight meetings, and each of the past seven meetings went under the total. Read more.

Gutierrez's pick: Broncos 27, Raiders 26

Legwold's pick: Broncos 23, Raiders 21

FPI prediction: LV, 53.4% (by an average of 1.2 points)

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