Don’t let the 39-23 score fool you. The Raiders abused the Broncos today. Remove one Tim Tebow 40-yard TD run on 3rd and a mile. Then subtract one under thrown ball that should have been a pick for either Stanford Routt or Michael Huff. And you’ll see that this contest was over before it started.
The Raiders out classed the Broncos (again) in every aspect of the game. Make no mistake, this was another butt whooping increasing the score line on the season to 98-37 in favor of Oakland.
In typical Tom Cable fashion his men did work in the trenches. Oakland shoved the ball down Denver’s throat running for over 200 yards in the first half and 264 overall in the game. Darren McFadden eclipsed the 100-yard plateau again gaining 119 yards on 20 carries.
But it was Jacoby Ford that got things hot in a hurry. The playmaking rookie continues to amaze as he went 71 yards to the house on a reverse to begin the contest. Later it was the Beast Marcel Reece going 73 yards on a short toss from Jason Campbell that would close this contest.
Were it not for a couple of early turnovers, you wouldn’t even have known that Denver was on the field.
Every stat reflects the Raiders’ dominance. None more astounding than the 502 yards of total offense Oakland amassed. Compare that to Denver’s 264 total yards and you get an idea of just how one sided this was.
Tebow’s first NFL start was shaky at best. Again, taking nothing away from his 40-yard scamper but otherwise his throws were all over the place and he got bailed out by an improbable catch on a terrible toss that somehow found Brandon Lloyd on his back in the end zone.
Denver has no running game to speak of and ran into a brick wall in the Black Hole. Richard Seymour and Tommy Kelly punished the Broncos’ O-line and it all came to a head when Quentin Groves racked up a safety. As if the game wasn’t already over it was surely on ice by then.
Here is where things get a little confusing though. Oakland is now a perfect 5-0 in the AFC West yet are on the outside looking in for the playoffs. No thanks to the 49ers and Rams, the Chiefs and Chargers are still ahead of Oakland.
It’s going to take plenty of help from here out but there is still a chance.
Credit to Coach Cable and his staff. They didn’t come in overly confident and laid the wood to Denver like they should. Up next are the Indianapolis Colts who are also fighting for their playoffs lives. It’s perfection or bust for the Silver and Black.
For now, let’s just appreciate another inspired effort. Even if Denver is a dead horse it still feels just as good to beat the Donkeys.
Tags: Brandon Lloyd Darren McFadden Jacoby Ford Jason Campbell Kansas City Chiefs Marcel Reece Michael Huff Oakland Raiders Quentin Groves Richard Seymour Stanford Routt Tim Tebow Tom Cable Tommy Kelly