One thing can be said for the Oakland Raiders. They play no favorites when they lose, losing as easily at home as they do on the road. It just so happened that this latest saga of Oakland Raiders football took place at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum; picture this if you will.
The Raiders grind out a grand total of 137 yards (that’s not a typo, folks!) of total offense; meanwhile, their opponent, the Denver Broncos, piled up 372 yards. I don’t think that it takes a math or even a football genius to figure out the end result here. Simply put, Denver ensured Oakland would be at the bottom of the AFC West, as they prevailed easily 23-3 on Sunday.
It was all Denver in the first quarter as quarterback Kyle Orton and wide receiver Brandon Marshall hooked up on a 2-yard touchdown pass, giving the Broncos a 7-0 lead; kicker Matt Prater would add a 48-yard field goal as time expired, enlarging Denver’s lead to 10-0 going into the second quarter.
The Raiders finally got on the scoreboard, courtesy of kicker Sebatian Janikowski and a 48-yard FG at the 6:37 mark of the first half while Prater made a FG of his own nearly 5 1/2 minutes later, giving the Broncos a 13-3 advantage. Thanks to Raiders QB JaMarcus Russell’s two interceptions, Denver was able to capitalize in the second half as RB Knowshon Moreno scored from 7 yards out, padding Denver’s lead to 20-3 and ending the game’s scoring as Prater booted a 24-yard FG with 11:57 left in the game.
Neither QB stood out in any way; Orton went 13-of23 for 157 yards and a TD while Russell went 12-of-21 for 61 yards and 2 INT’s. The running game is where Denver madde their mark as Correll Buckhalter led all Broncos rushers with 108 yards on only 14 carries while Moreno added 90 yards and a score. Darrell McFadden led Oakland’s rushing attack – or lack thereof – with 45 yards on a dozen carries.
Marshall led the Broncos receivers with 67 yards on 5 receptions while the Raiders’ Louis Murphy caught a pair of passes for 25 yards. Denver (3-0) looks to get a stranglehold of the AFC West early as they return home to host the Dallas Cowboys next Sunday while Oakland (1-2) travels to Reliant Stadium to take on the Houston Texans – also next Sunday.