Oakland Raiders Run Wild against Denver and Pin the Tail on Donkeys

Okay, Denver fans, take your shots at me for sliming your team.  I needed this.  Raider Nation needed this.  The Oakland Raiders needed this. 

I was definitely in a funk this week after the Raiders choked against the San Francisco 49ers.  The overnight decision by Roger Goodell to over-regulate the physicality of the game felt like a knife to my spleen.

You know that feeling where you start to wonder if everything is just meaningless?

Not only did this win give me a jump-start, but it also put the Raiders of new back on track with the Raiders of old.

Despite the two touchdowns by Denver, the game was never close, except at the beginning when it was still 0-0.  Both Denver scores were touchdown tosses to tailback Knowshon Moreno. 

Now, for the good stuff:

A week after the Raiders choked against the 49ers, the Raiders made a statement by defeating the Denver Broncos at INVESCO Stadium, 59-14.  In doing so, the Raiders climbed to 2-0 in the AFC West.

The Raiders choked against the 49ers because the offense stalled.  This week, the Raiders moved the ball at will, thanks in part to the creative play-calling by offensive coordinator Hue Jackson.

The Raiders finished the day with 532 total yards, which included positive days by seven runners and seven receivers.

The second-best passer in the league, Kyle Orton, finished the day 12-29, with 198 yards, two touchdown tosses and an interception.  It should be said, though, that most of those yards came in garbage time. 

The Raiders more or less humiliated Orton, collecting four sacks, snatching a pick-six, recovering Orton's fumble and stifling the receivers in competitive time.

Second-year safety Mike Mitchell led the defense in tackles with five total, plus a forced fumble.

On special teams, kicker Sebastian Janikowski ha...

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