Oakland Raiders Shake off Old Image with Notable Road Victory

The Oakland Raiders finally beat the bully in the AFC West sandbox in a physical matchup that further transformed the team's image.

Change doesn’t transpire overnight, but the Raiders finally earned a notable victory worth pointing to as a sign of what’s to come in the near future.

Oakland has beat down some poor teams this season, including the 4-9 Baltimore Ravens, 3-10 Cleveland Browns, 3-10 San Diego Chargers and 3-10 Tennessee Titans. The Raiders also earned a victory over the 8-5 New York Jets, who lost their starting quarterback in the first series of the game.  

The Raiders earned a victory over the 10-3 Denver Broncos without major mitigating circumstances Sunday, snapping an eight-game losing streak to a team that outscored them 88-31 in 2014: 

This season, Denver failed to score an offensive touchdown against the Raiders. Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. scored the team's only touchdown between the two contests on a pick-six in Week 5.

The Raiders found a way to win a game without their potent passing attack clicking on all cylinders or a productive ground attack.

Oakland’s defense sealed a victory against one of the best teams in the league after coming into this contest as one of the worst in the clutch, per Associated Press writer Josh Dubow:

It’s the type of victory needed to recognize the Raiders’ resurgence that many had questioned after some bad losses over the past month.

Oakland's strengths were neutralized, but the offense took care of the football and capitalized in the red zone. Additionally, the defense took its lumps but didn't break.

The Raiders needed to find different ways to win football games, and now they must do it consistently to challenge for the division crown in the near future.


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