Raiders outmuscle Broncos to wrap up Week One


Here’s what we learned by staying up late night to watch the Raiders beat Denver 23-20. 

1. The Raiders defensive line dominated the game.  They sacked Kyle Orton five times and never let Orton get set on his throws. Denver had no hope to run the ball; they finished with 38 yards on the ground.

2. It took about two quarters for the Broncos faithful to turn on Orton.  The Tebow chants started in the second half with Orton displaying shaky accuracy and decision making.  The boos were out in force.

The biggest turning point came when Orton simply dropped a ball early in the fourth quarter as he prepared to pass. The Broncos were down only six and threatening to score.  The Raiders recovered the ball and didn’t look back.

3. Oakland dominated the line of scrimmage on offense as well. Darren McFadden rushed for 150 yards.  Michael Bush helped kill the clock with some tough running late in the game.  There was no doubt who the tougher team was.  Oakland has now won eight straight in the division.

4. Oakland would have won by more if not for 15 penalties.  Denver had 10 penalties too.  That helps explain why the game ended around 1:45 a.m. ET.

And with that, we bid you good night.  It was a fun opening week everyone; thanks for reading.

70 responses to “Raiders outmuscle Broncos to wrap up Week One

  1. The Raiders didnt care about the penalties, they wanted to beat the crap out of Denver in a street fight,..and they did.

  2. Oh, and as for Kyle Orton – it was a vintage performance. He was terrible – uncomfortable and bad in the red zone. Per usual, he didn’t get it going somewhat until the Broncos were down by two scores.

    It should be Brady Quinn time in Denver. Or Tebow, if you’re on that boat.

  3. Skill aside, Orton simply is not a winner. Some are, some are not. Kyle Orton is not a winner. I don’t think Tebow is the answer, but Orton clearly is not. His fumble was almost a scripted cliche’.

  4. That offensive line is good but they were overly excited and jumping offsides like Bob from the Enzyte commercials

  5. All the quarterback controversy angst during the preseason overlooked the fact that Orton is a mediocre quarterback. Tebow will get a chance sometime this season. I don’t know if he’ll be good or bad, but it will be interesting.

  6. Worst 300 yard passing game I’ve seen in a long time. The guy does just enough, very late in games, to make his own stats look decent.

    You could see why the Denver fans wanted Tebow out there. Orton doesn’t even act like a football player – he’s just out there on the field doing his own thing. Seems to have no concept of actually moving the team downfield. At least it would be nice to see him get angry at himself if he lost a few yards.

  7. That was an ugly win, but for 8 years in need of a opening win…we needed it and we got it. Again, we had to depend on the opposing team making a mistake to keep us in it, and needless penalties to make it difficult. Defensive line play was good, and it’s a plus going into Buffalo.

    Nothing to brag about at all, and hats off to Denver for balling the entire game….they werent about to get blown out on MNF. Again, defense, and the running game are keys. Campbell just manages games, still not at the level of a difference maker in the clutch. Thank you, Darren McFadden.

  8. “The Raiders don’t have a great passing game yet, but their kicking makes up for it. ”

    Possibly the dumbest football related assessment/comment I’ve ever encountered. Think about that.

  9. Well now. To all the Bronco faithful that have been spouting off, HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.We own you, and as I have said before, will continue to own you.We beat you down more than the score shows. What, 38 yards rushing?HAHAHAHA.Orton had the look of a loser on his face, they even were chanting for TEBOW.HAHAHAHAHAHA

  10. What a scary intimidating team we have here. Love my Raiders, now if only we could do something about those penalties…

  11. I’m a Raiders fan. I’m happy, yet very aware that my team has a long way to go. Nevertheless, getting a win in the opener is something my team hasn’t done since 2002, so I’ll take what I can get.

  12. I give them credit for pulling that victory out, awesome effort !! And I know the Donkey deffense, especially Champ Bailey isn’t in a hurry to see DMC anytime soon. Guy is an Absoulutly violent runner. Love them Raiders !

  13. We finally snap another losing streak from the past decade. We start this new decade on the right foot 8-8(2010) and a win on MNF(finally).

  14. When your front 4 is that dominant, average cornerbacks suddenly become a lot better. Thank you Al for focusing our defensive talent on the front 7 instead of the back four. When you do that, the QB will go down…and he will go down HARD!!!!!

  15. So how many teams were REALLY looking into Orton this off-season?

    Why DIDN’T Denver trade Orton when his status was higher? After a pathetic showing on MNF, maybe a 4th or 5th rounder?

    Question now is, how long until Tebow gets his next chance at the starting gig?

    Getting man handled on MNF in at home is pretty embarrassing to start of the new year.

  16. Even so I still think Orton is the better option over Tebow. Tebow is more mobile for sure however his accuracy is atrocious even compared to Orton. Tebow isn’t the answer and he never was. Even when he was drafted Denver knew that he was a PROJECT not the answer.

    It’s really sad how quickly the fans turn on players in Denver and Miami even Dallas. Did you ever think that it’s the fans fault at times that they get so shaky? Get behind your QB no matter how bad and maybe, just maybe it will bring up their confidence and who knows maybe you’ll win a game or two.

  17. People talk trash about Tebow not throwing correctly and being an out spoken Christian, but if you think he is worse then Orton, then you are on crack. Orton was terrible. Yes his O line is bad, but he holds onto the ball way too long. Its time to give Tebow the job and cut bait with Orton.

  18. The most disappointing part of the game was the so called Denver fans…
    Let me ask you….
    Who was ranked 7th in passing last year???
    Calling out for Teebow???? Come on. Did anyone of you watch last season’s games or maybe a preseason game. Teebow sucks. I know your mad cause you bought the jersey….but that’s not Orton’s fault. They were down by six and you boo’d him….calling out for number 3.
    If yo want to boo, boo the line who totally sucked.
    Orton didn’t have a chance with that line protecting him. Those Teebow fans gotta go…

  19. Congrats to Raider Nation on the win over the very mediocre Donkeys…

    Like every other team, we will know more about them in a month after they some real teams…

  20. The Bronco’s offense did nothing at all, they scored 7 on a punt return and had the ball handed to them inside the 20, when they kicked a FG.

    Orton didn’t have a chance to pad his stats in garbage time, like he usually does.

  21. I can’t remember the last time the Raiders won on opening day. Always nice to win in the division, but we learned last year that you have to win outside the division also…..but a good start. Got to cut down on the penalties.

  22. Man talk about one of the most boring games in NFL history…there was a flag on every single play I remember now why Oakland is a joke, talk about no discipline I will never watch another Oakland gm

  23. Good physical road game by the Raiders, culminating with a big win. Penalties got out of hand, which is always a concern for them, but they held on and gutted it out. Young and somewhat reworked O line had a good showing keeping the Denver front off Campbell and creating holes for McFadden. Oakland special teams were all universe, save for the dynamic punt return. It’s early yet, but this team could make some noise with more showings like this.

  24. That wrap up was all from the Oakland point of view. If you were a little fairer, you would have said, “Oakland could have won by more, but Denver had their chances too, but an NFL tying field goal, three turnovers and 10 penalties would be difficult for anybody to overcome.”

  25. “The Tebow chants started in the second half with Orton displaying shaky accuracy and decision making.”

    Will Tim should be able to address both of those issues…

  26. The penalties were out of control in this game. If the Raiders can reign those in they could be a good football team – barring Campbell regressing. (That’s a big if.)

    Champ Bailey is a great player and a future HOFer, but Darren McFadden is a certified animal and proved that he will destroy him by the power of Greyskull everytime he get in his way. That’s a grown man toting the rock – look out.

  27. The Orton-Tebow situation in Denver reminds me of Edwards-Fitzpatrick in Buffalo. Orton (like Edwards) may look great in practice while Tebow (like Fitzpatrick) looks awful. However, when the game is on the line Tebow is the baller. Some people just perform under that pressure.

  28. trbowman:
    Oh, and ANOTHER thing. How was that DMC run not a TD? Inquiring DMC fantasy owners who lost by three points (ie me) would like to know. Salty

    As a fantasy owner who was going up against DMC week 1 and won by less than 2 points, I also think that was a TD.

  29. kuhawks2010 says:
    Sep 13, 2011 8:33 AM
    As a Chiefs fan and a AFC WEST fan. I will say this, Oakland has a really good Dline.

    As a Raider fan and an AFC West fan, i will say nobody is out of it yet, if Haley would get his head out of his a$% you might have something there, too. – tough break on Eric Berry, dude.

  30. damnskins703 says: Sep 13, 2011 7:02 AM

    Man talk about one of the most boring games in NFL history…there was a flag on every single play I remember now why Oakland is a joke, talk about no discipline I will never watch another Oakland gm

    Well….have fun watchin the Redskins LOSING all season than!

  31. It really sucks that Tebow has poor throwing mechanics because the guy knows how to lead a team on the field. Orton just knows how to play diva and secure the starting job during the off season.

  32. Congrats to the Raiders, and especially Rod Woodson. They may be our old enemies, but as a Steelers fan, I respect the smashmouth. They just need to keep it between the whistles to avoid the flags.

  33. The Broncos O-Line simply couldn’t hold their own against the Raiders defense. Tebow would not have done any better with so little protection. Even John Elway would have looked like Tom Brady last year against the Jets in the final game. Victory starts with the lines, O and D. Broncos lost both of those battles.

    Separate note: the refs were out of control with their flags. Way too many penalties, most of them ticky-tack. I’m not a Raider fan, but they got hosed on plenty of those ticky-tack fouls (not that it made any difference in the end). This team of officials has to be kept out of evening games.

    Final comment: is it my imagination, or did the Raiders have better footing on the wet grass than the home team? Champ and Knowshon looked like they were auditioning for the figure skating Olympics, while McFadden was making cuts like Terrell Davis. Even the equipment staff on the Broncos need some, shall we say, attention…

  34. The Raiders gutted this one out and the D-Line was definitely dominant…but that Raider passing game has to get better, and quick. DMac isn’t going to be able to run like that every week and Buffalo is going to be a test for that.

    And as if anyone hasn’t figured it out by now, Donkey fans are the absolute dumbest in the league. Chanting for Teblow in the first game of the year is completely ridiculous and just proves once again how totally clueless these ‘fans’ are.

  35. damnskins703 says: Sep 13, 2011 7:02 AM

    Man talk about one of the most boring games in NFL history…there was a flag on every single play I remember now why Oakland is a joke, talk about no discipline I will never watch another Oakland gm


    Talk about boring football, I’m from VA and have been forced to watch Redskin football every week, since forever… Thank God for Sunday Ticket…

    The Redskins organization has been the “joke” of the NFC for the last decade… Ironic how it took Bruce Allen (Product of the Raiders 96-03) to turn your franchise around..

  36. If this is the best a “veteran” coach can do to generate some decent offense, no-doze is going to have to be given to the fans at the entrance of Mile High stadium (or what ever it’s named now).

  37. Raiders win…really all that matters at the end of the day. The penalties will be cleaned up (somewhat) and Boss is back this week… so I see the passing game improving as well. O-line much better than anyone thought. The defense is pretty good and they’re only going to improve. Both lines were dominant. DMC as unstoppable as any RB out there right now. If the Raiders beat the Bills this week it may just boost the their confidence against a very beatable Jets teams…either way I like the way Hue Jackson conducts himself and the team…he’s “BUILDING A BULLY”. The autumn wind is a BULLY. Raiders!!!

  38. BTW…anyone that thinks that Tebow is the answer to anything other than, “Who is the ONLY virgin in all of professional sports?”…is seriously disturbed.

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