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“We have to win this game.”

The Broncos’ season-road fork arrives Sunday, and Von Miller knows it.

In the mind of the outside linebacker, Denver must turn the boat around in their first divisional game against rival Raiders after back-to-back losses to the Ravens and the Steelers squandered the margin of error created by a 3-0 start.

“Maybe qualifying the Ravens game as a playoff game was too early for our team,” said Miller. “Maybe some of the things I said about the Pittsburgh Steelers and the type of game we needed to play, maybe it was too soon. But it’s certainly not too early for the Raiders. We have to go there and play well from start to finish – it’s a huge game for us.

“We have to win this game.

Miller added that the Broncos “need to dust themselves off after losing two games in a row” as they face Las Vegas on Sunday afternoon at Empower Field. The Raiders (3-2) are also looking to turn a corner, after a tumultuous week that included a decisive loss to the Bears followed by the resignation of head coach Jon Gruden due to past insensitive emails.

Miller said the Broncos know the Raiders haven’t played their best against Chicago, and he doesn’t underestimate quarterback Derek Carr’s ability to rally his team in the wake of the Gruden controversy, which has started at the end of last week.

“(Against Chicago) they were probably facing some of the distractions around (the Gruden situation),” Miller said. “If I were them I would look forward to this game to get back on track, and we also need this game to get back on track. He has all the ingredients for a great game.