The Raiders tried as hard as they could. They tried to let the Broncos win the game. They had 3 turnovers in the first half, and the Broncos turned those into 17 points. But whatever speech Tom Cable made during halftime worked as the Raiders came out in the second half and outscored the Broncos 22-6 to win 39-23. Let’s review how they did it…
Give DMC the Ball 25 times
Almost. 20 carries and 4 receptions turned into 158 total yards as DMC continues to show why he is one of the top players in the NFL. He was the best player on the field by large amounts, the Raiders need to continue to give him the ball as often as they can.
Shut down Moreno
Yep. Moreno only got 4 carries for 5 yards before he got hurt, and as a whole the DL dominated the line of scrimmage. The only real yardage the Broncos got on the ground was the 1 carry Captain Virgin, Tim Tebow, had on a draw for 40 yards. Take that out and the Broncos only went for 2.1 yards per carry.
Leave the Champ Alone
Yep. He is the only good defensive player on the Broncos, watching this game more closely than their last encounter, I wouldn’t take a single Bronco for my defense other than Champ. Glad he won’t be in Denver next year.
Get the Snowball Effect Going Quickly
Eh. The turnovers were the black eye on this game, DMC’s fumble and Jason Campbell’s 2nd INT were potential game changers. The Raiders dominated the Broncos the rest of the game outside the turnovers. You could tell by the play calling they had no fear of anything the Broncos would do.
In 2 games, the Raiders put up 98 points on the Denver Broncos. Let that sink in…of their 353 points they scored, the almost put 100 of it on 1 team.
The Raiders continue to dominate the AFC West (5-0) and their 2 other wins against the NFC West (2-2). Rest of the NFL 0-5. And next week comes in Mr. NFL Peyton Manning. Enjoy your Monday off boys, a long week of preparation is coming.
Raiders 39 Broncos 23