Not such a good morning, Broncos fans. Gotta refer to them as the Oakland Raiders today - yes, they deserve it. In what may have been the worst loss in regular-season history for Denver, the Raiders beat the Broncos 59-14. Fifty-nine points. In three quarters. I’m actually not sure what is more impressive - a 59 on a golf course or 59 points in three quarters of professional football. After four attempts, the Broncos under Josh McDaniels have yet to win a divisional home game, and the Raiders have now won three straight in Denver. There were no bright spots, so let’s get that out of the way. As for the doom and gloom, where to start?
How about injuries? Perrish Cox left with a concussion, Kevin Vickerson re-aggravated his groin injury, Marcus Thomas hurt his right shoulder, and Demaryius Thomas may have injured a thumb. So, nobody had a season-ending injury. That’s about as good as the news gets today.
The Broncos gained as many first downs via penalty (two) as they did via rushing. 2-for-11 on third down. 0-for-2 on fourth down. Three turnovers and zero takeaways. 328 rushing yards and 508 yards of total offense allowed. 38:39 to 21:21 in time of possession. 12 completed passes for each team. Yes, the Raiders scored 59 points with only 12 completions. Now that is hard to do, especially without a special-teams TD and only one defensive TD. It was 21-0 after six minutes and two seconds, and it never got that close again all day long. Considering how they got there, it is tough to imagine a worse string of three plays - first, a 43-yard TD pass from Jason Campbell to Zach Miller on which the Raiders TE could have crawled into the end zone. Next, a Kyle Orton throw which could only have been caught by Raiders CB Chris Johnson, who did just that and took the ball 30 yards back for six more points. Right after that came a Demaryius Thomas fumble, which would have been another Raiders TD had the referees made the proper call. Three plays later, it was 21-0 and that, as they say, was that.
So, what now? It’s hard to say. Obviously, this is going to be an anger-filled week for Denver fans, and it’s hard to argue that it should be anything but that. It will surely also be a week of tired phrases, such as “We’ll find out what this team is made out of on Sunday,” and “Josh McDaniels is on the hot seat,” and “Is it Tebow Time in Denver?”. But really, we found out yesterday what this team is made of, and the prognosis is not good. Yes, the Broncos are banged up. But so are many other teams, none of whom allowed 59 points. To a team that won but five games last season. Let’s be honest. The playoffs are not a reasonable possibility anymore, so the rest of this season becomes a referendum on the Josh McDaniels Era in Denver. Yes, the last time Denver lost a game this badly it got their two-time Super Bowl-winning coach fired. But as bad as this loss was, the Broncos had very much been in every prior game this year, save Baltimore.
But that means nothing unless the Broncos can turn their season around. In other words, it is now time, over the next 9 games to see what Josh McDaniels the head coach is made of. Yes, that is a cheesy and hackneyed cliche, but a good/very good/great coach prepares his team to snap back from a loss like yesterday’s, immediately and in a big way. We’re waiting…
Broncos TV and Chris Hall survey the damage.
If you’re a glutton for punishment or a masochist, here is the box score for your examination.
Mercifully, the GameDay guys only spent 1m4s recapping this one…
Klis sums up the game.
Jeff Legwold on what went wrong.
Krieger poses the question of whether McDaniels has lost his team.
Yep, it’s all about the soul-searching for the players now…
Notes on the Broncos, including Kyle Orton’s plummeting numbers.
Dusty Saunders is interested to hear what else Mark Schlereth has to say about the NFL’s new policy on hitting.
For some reason, Woody decided to attend yesterday’s game in silver and black.
FWIW, the Raiders say they didn’t see quit out of the Broncos.
Vittorio Tafur wraps it up for the Chronicle.
Jason Campbell put up his best-ever QB rating yesterday. Sort of like how JaMarcus the Hutt used to do to us…
George Bretherton asks if the Raiders are a playoff-caliber team with a healthy Darren McFadden. Perhaps if they play the Broncos every week…
The Chefs put up 42 points on the Jaguars.
Steelers DE Aaron Smith may be done for the year.
It looks like some players started to change their dirty ways yesterday.
Can Magic Johnson bring the NFL back to Los Angeles?
Brett Favruh reportedly admitted to leaving voicemails for Jenn Sterger, but not pictures of his pecker. Did last night’s three picks not exemplify why Favruh clearly does not belong higher than John Elway on the 100 Greatest list, or what?
Peyton Manning is waiting til the offseason to negotiate a new deal with the Colts.
Mike Silver wraps up the day’s games. Unfortunately, he points out that the Raiders haven’t won consecutive games since 2008.
Bowen lumps the Broncos and Jay Cutler into his biggest losers of the week. Can’t disagree with that.
CHFF cannot believe that Cutler tossed four picks to DeAngelo Hall. Yes, that DeAngelo Hall, the one Eddie Royal torched in his NFL debut.
Don Banks is rightfully unexcited for next week’s matchup of the Broncos and Niners.
Brian Burke examines Bill Belichick’s decision to go for it late on 4th-and-1 yesterday.
Old friend Trevor Pryce is seeking a career in Hollywood.