One week after Jason Campbell did his best JaMarcus Russell impression, the Raiders put together their most impressive offensive performance in the franchise’s 50-year history.
The Raiders trounced the Broncos 59-14 in Denver and they did it without scoring a single point in the fourth quarter. Yep, not one of Darlye Lamonica’s old AFL teams ever scored that much in a game. Not one of Oakland’s three Super Bowl championship teams ever scored that much either.
Campbell played well (12-for-20 for 204 yards and 2 scores), but it was Darren McFadden and a leaky Denver defense that was the difference. McFadden returned from a hamstring injury to rush for 165 yards and three touchdowns on only 16 carries. He added 31 yards and a score as a receiver.
When McFadden has been healthy this year, he’s played like a top-five pick. He’s topped at least 120 yards from scrimmage in all five games he’s played.
This is a game I billed as a “loser is irrelevant” bowl. Well, the Broncos are irrelevant at 2-5. Their shaky defense has lost too many pieces, and their offense remains unbalanced.
How surprising was this result?
The Raiders were coming off a game with no touchdowns in San Francisco. They scored seven in Denver. They had three rushing touchdowns all year, and had five against the Broncos.
Oakland wildly inconsistent, but they have yet another chance to reach .500 this late in the season since 2002. They emphatically kept hope alive Sunday.