While the crowd cheered the loudest for rookie JaMarcus Russell, the Raiders as a team deserved a lot of claps as well as they won their second straight on Sunday, stunning the Denver Broncos 34-20 in Oakland. The Raiders have now won two straight since losing six in a row. For the Broncos, the loss is one that could stomp any remaining playoff hopes, as they fall to 5-7. They will have to think long and hard about the past two weeks when they lost to the Bears and Raiders.
Josh McCown was the true hero for the Raiders, as he threw three touchdown passes, going 14-for-21 for 141 yards with the three scores. Russell, seeing his first action as a pro, went 4-for-7 for 56 yards. He also rushed for 4 yards on three carries. Justin Fargas, who has been carrying the load for the Raiders the past two months, rushed for 146 yards on 33 carries with a score.
The Raiders also took advantage of four Broncos turnovers, as they scored 17 points in a span of less than five minutes. The first score came when McCown hit Zach Miller with a TD with :50 left in the first half. Then after a 38-yard Sebastian Janikowski field goal, the team took advantage of another turnover as McCown hit Jerry Porter with a 13-yard score with 10:55 left in the third quarter to make it 24-7.
The Broncos made a game of it as they then ran off 13 points of their own, with two Jason Elam field goals and then a Travis Henry 3-yard TD make it 24-20 with 11:21 to go. The Raiders iced the contest as they added a field goal and a score from Fargas to put the game away at 34-20.
Oakland outrushed the Broncos 175 to 86, and had close to a nine minute lead in the time of possession 34:20 to 25:40. The Raiders will have a tough test to try and make it three in a row next week as they travel to Green Bay to take on the 10-2 Packers. The Broncos will try to get on track after dropping two straight as they will take on the Chiefs at home.