Raiders remain in battle for the AFC West title with a 39-23 victory over the Denver Broncos on Sunday. The Raiders required the win to keep within striking distance of the AFC West-leading Kansas City Chiefs. The Raiders improved to 7-7. Raiders still need to win their final two games, including the season finale against the Chiefs to possibly win their division.
Overshadowed by the Rookie quarterback Tim Tebow making his first NFL start. People from the media and Tebow supporters think is the next Tom Brady or something. Slow down people he lost the game. He only shined on one play in the first quarter. After Jason Campbell was intercepted. Its not like the rookie had a game-breaker play that led the Broncos to a victory.
The game I watched definitely was completely different. Okay the Raiders defenders did fall asleep on one play and Malcolm Lloyd happen to get lucky being behind to Raiders defenders in the end-zone and have the ball land right into his finger just so happen that it wasn’t ruled outbound 's.
Everything else the Raiders controlled especially in the second half. Look its not like the Raiders knew exactly how to contain the athletic rookie before seeing him play. Believe me that ended quickly.
The Raiders have their weapons full of big artillery around the power offense themselves. Oakland put up 502 offensive yards Sunday, just eight weeks after compiling 508 in Denver. The first time Denver has allowed 500-plus in back-to-back to an opponent in team history. Really media keep your hands in your pocket before jumping the gun.
Did we all forget Raiders have their offensive rookie talent Jacoby Ford that scored on 71 and around run in the first quarter. Ford completed three passes in the game for 47 yards as well.
Three over Raider offense powers are bring a three headed monster to any defensive opposition. Running the ball on most carries was Darren McFadden's superior talent. Sunday he went over1000 yards for the season. McFadden finished with 20 carries for 119 yards and caught four passes for another 39 yards. Running-back Michael Bush was able to punch it in four the Raiders on two occasions. Don't forget Marcel Reece that provided the knock out punch scoring on a 73 yard catch and run in the forth.
The Raiders defensively did not seem liked they contained Broncos, but they actually did coming right after the second touchdown when the score was 14-7. The other nine points surrendered by the Raiders were three field-goals made by the kicker Steven Hauschka that actually had the busy day against the Raiders. The Raiders defense completely stopped the Denver running game. Running-back Knowshon Moreno went nowhere against the Raiders. He has four carries for five yards. Running-back rushed for 18 yards on six carries himself. The Silver and Black in the second half were prepared. The defense made one great play after another. Quentin Groves polished off with a safety. Raiders forced Tebow into three-and-out situations by pressuring him consistently leading to poor throws and sack.
In two games this season the Raiders outscored the Broncos 98 to 37. This year the Raiders owned the Orange Crush without question no mater who is at quarterback. The Raiders redeemed themselves in the AFC west winning all five divisional games in their division. The Raiders have two games remaining and their final regular season game is with the division leading Kansas City Chiefs.