Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Raiders 23, Broncos 20
By Bill Williamson
DENVER -- A look at an ugly AFC West "Monday Night Football" affair in which the Oakland Raiders beat the Denver Broncos 23-20:
What it means: The Raiders capitalized on several Denver miscues to run away from the Broncos. Both teams were far from pretty, but the Raiders made more plays and scored when they had to. The Raiders are a work in progress, but this was a good start to the Hue Jackson era. The John Fox era in Denver, however, started much shakier. The Broncos’ defense is much improved, but the offense had big trouble moving the ball.
Tomorrow’s talker: Kyle Orton did not have a good night. He simply dropped the ball when Denver was threatening to take the lead in the fourth quarter. Orton is still the clear No. 1 in Denver, but expect those who want to see the rebuilding Broncos start Tim Tebow continue to beat that drum.
History maker: Oakland kicker Sebastian Janikowski tied an NFL record with a 63-yard field goal at the end of the first half. It barely made it, but it was good enough to tie Jason Elam and Tom Dempsey.
Trending: Both these teams committed way too many penalties. Denver was called for 10 penalties for 91 yards, while Oakland was flagged 15 times for 131 yards. Penalties have long been an issue in Oakland, and Jackson said this summer that he was embarrassed the team led the league in fouls last season. Well, both Jackson and Fox still have a lot of work to do to.
What’s next: Oakland stays on the road with a date at Buffalo on Sunday. The Raiders fly out Friday. That’s a lot of time in the air for a short week. Denver stays at home to face Cincinnati.