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Sunday, October 24, 2010
Wrap-up: Raiders 59, Broncos 14

By Bill Williamson

A look at a high-water day for the Raiders and an embarrassing day for the Broncos:

What does it mean: Perhaps the Oakland Raiders are ready to buckle down and become a consistent threat? This was an amazing performance by the Raiders. The 59 points was a franchise high for a team rich in tradition. Who would have ever thought these Raiders would set the mark?

This was, by far, Oakland’s best day since 2003 when the team’s losing skid started. Oakland has been looking for something to build on. Well, this is the foundation.

As exhilarating of a victory it was for the Raiders, it was a devastating blow for the Broncos. To lose at home by 45 points to a team that has been struggling is catastrophic. This game will hover over second-year coach Josh McDaniels until he proves he has this team going in the right direction. A few more of these bombs and the calls for McDaniels’ head will get louder.

Trending: Darren McFadden continued his hot season. All the guy needs to do is stay healthy. He had 165 yards rushing on 16 carries. He has 557 yards rushing despite missing two games with a hamstring injury. He has become an impact player in his third NFL season.

Tomorrow’s talker: It has to be Oakland’s 59 points. What a performance. The Raiders did it in three quarters. It was the show of the day in the NFL, maybe the entire season.

What’s next: Denver was so bad Sunday, it has to leave the country. The Broncos play San Francisco at London. What did the British do to deserve that?

Oakland play host to Seattle. The Raiders will try to win back-to-back games for the fist time since the end of the 2008 season.