Oakland Raiders came out of their shell this past Sunday clobbering their division rival the Denver Broncos, overwhelming the NFL and fans alike.
The Raiders were on a Rocky Mountain High in Denver right from the start of the game. The Broncos were down by 24 points by the end of the first quarter. Before everyone knew it the Raiders by half led 38-7. The Raiders kept coming adding 21 points in the third quarter. Before they took out most of their the starters in the forth. The final score of 59-14 looked more like a college blow out than an NFL game. Raiders scored the most points in franchise history.
The bulk of the scoring for the Raiders was led by running back Darren McFadden. He had four touchdowns and rushed for 165 yards. In week seven McFadden became a fantasy owners dream.
Entering the game the Broncos ranked 26th in run defense allowing 127.7 points per game. Against Oakland it was even more pathetic the Broncos gave up a total of 328 rushing yards against the Raiders.
The Raiders passing offense improved dramatically. Quarterback Jason Campbell rebounded from his worst performance in his six year career and in week seven completed 60% of his passes. The Raiders in total offense generated 508 yards.
The defense for the Raiders played a large role in the game as well. Oakland held the Broncos to only 14 points. Corner back Chris Johnson returned an interception for a touchdown. The defense sacked Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton four times. Raiders shut down the Broncos top receiver Brandon Lloyd. Holding him to one catch coming in the forth quarter when the game was far out of reach. The Raiders running defense was also on track holding Denver to only 75 rushing yards.
In total it was all out perfect day for the Raiders. Kicker Sebastian Janikowski converted all eight PAT's and had a field goal.
Did this win over the Broncos create a sign of good things to come for the Raiders? Will the Raiders stop being the laughing stock of the NFL? One thing the NFL and its fans know its still early enough in the season for the Raiders to to make a run at the playoffs. With four divisional games remaining on their schedule. Two of the remaining games with a divisional opponent are against the Kansas City Chiefs the other two are against team the two teams they already beat the San Diego Chargers and the Broncos.
Raiders may not win a game like this all season but its sure a confidence builder for more wins and good things to come for the organization. As a unit the Raiders are mentally ready for what's in front of them. Currently the Raiders are 3-4 headed into week eight. In a Raiders fans eyes Oakland could easily be 5-2.
Next week the Raiders have another crack at NFC west opponent the Seattle Seahawks. A win in Seattle could place the Raiders in good position in their division entering mid-season. Keeping their critics off their back.