Let’s get something straight before we move on. Bronco fans had this coming. Your team is officially the whipping boy of the AFC West. Take it like a man.
We’ve all spent time there. As Raider Nation will tell you it’s no fun being the heel of your rivals. The folks over at Arrowhead know that pain too. And even those few faithful fans in San Diego will tell you the same. That is, if you can find any non-bandwagoners in Charger Country.
Anyhow, this is your time, Denver. Take it like a man. Or, should I say take it like Rick Reilly. We’ve all had to wear the AFC West dunce hat and it’s your turn.
With all that being said, now is no time for the Oakland Raiders to get overly confident. A 59-14 beat down should be motivation enough for revenge. Toss in the added history between these two rivals and you’ve got a recipe for disaster if Tom Cable’s men take this one too lightly.
From here out there is no room for error. Thanks to a Janikowski shank, a dismal effort in The City and a pathetic performance against Miami the only option for Oakland is to go unbeaten.
One step at a time.
On paper, Sunday’s clash should be a cake walk but that can’t be the mentality. The mentality must be to try and hang 70 on the Donkeys. The mentality must be to try and inflict more pain than the previous encounter. In fact, it would be better if the Raiders just forgot about what they did to Denver some time ago.
Last time these two met Josh McDaniels was still dropping his douche all over on the sideline. While the team hasn’t improved in his absence there is no reason to assume they’ll be the same team as last time. We all know what happens when you assume.
If the Raiders are going to make any assumptions then they should expect the Broncos to come in hungry and angry. They should expect their rivals to be a team playing with a massive chip on their shoulder. They should expect the Broncos to treat this game like it’s their Super Bowl.
Oakland cannot afford to overlook Denver. With the 49ers providing no help last night, a loss on Sunday will all but end any Silver and Black playoff dreams.
Therefore, the Raiders must show no mercy and beat the dead horse that is the Denver Bronco franchise. There is only one result which will suffice. Only one motto that need be uttered before the opening kick on Sunday.
Just win, baby!