Raiders-Broncos: 'This is why you play the game'

Raiders anxious for mile high showdown

Raiders-Broncos: 'This is why you play the game'
September 23, 2013, 2:15 pm
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Jason Tarver and the Raiders will meet the Broncos tonight at 5:40 p.m in Denver. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

Tonight, the Raiders and Broncos will meet for the 17th time on the Monday Night Football stage. 

Raiders head coach Dennis Allen knows it's a great rivalry, and Jacoby Ford knows there will be trash talk and plenty of adrenaline flowing -- from players and fans. 

Defensive coordinator Jason Tarver: 

"This is the ultimate. To be the best, you've got to beat the best. This is what you want. This is why you play the game. Monday Night Football? Against them? Doing something nobody thinks you can do? There's nothing better than that."