Posted 13 February 2013 - 02:38 AM
Denver Broncos 31 - Oakland Raiders 6
The Broncos traveled to Oakland and continued their absolutely torrid start to the season in moving to 4-0. Clearly this team has a chip on its shoulder after the way last season ended. The defense stretched its streak of not allowing a touchdown to 15 quarters, a truly impressive mark. They held the Raiders to only 102 yards of total offense in this one. So far they're allowing only 4 points per game this season, and Osweiler has yet to be intercepted. Certainly a recipe for success.
Osweiler was 12 of 16 for 200 yards, 1 TD and 0 INT. The gameplan called for more passing than usual, and he answered the call. He's having an excellent season so far.
Warner was 6 of 17 for 96 yards, 0 TDs and 1 INT. His INT was on a play where the 40-year old showed surprising athleticism in shaking off a sack from Von Miller, though in retrospect he probably wished he'd taken it given that the ball ended up in Haden's hands for a pick six.
DMC had 15 carries for 76 yards and a TD. McGahee continued to show me absolutely no reason he deserves a new contract, carrying 10 times for 15 yards, though he did open the scoring with a TD. So far this has been about a 3-2 timeshare, but I'm not sure how much I can justify continuing to give McGahee so many carries if he keeps playing like this. He's certainly not earning that big contract he's asking for.
Rookie Sean Moorhouse carried 5 times for 31 yards, though the Raiders turned to the pass early.
Nice game for both Broncos wideouts, as VJax caught 5 balls for 82 yards and a score and Thomas added 4 catches for 84 of his own.
Hilliard lead the Raiders with 3 catches for 45 yards.
The Broncos got a big game from Von Miller, with 6 tackles and 3 sacks (one a strip, though the Raiders fell on it). He just missed on several others. Joe Mays also had a sack on a play where Warner tried to scramble before realizing he is not Pryor. Haden had a nice pick six.
The Raiders got a sack from Matt Shaughnessy and Michael Huff had 9 tackles, but that was about it.
gg Tanabeo! As I said in my message, I think you probably abandoned the run a bit too soon, but I definitely understand the compulsion to pass when you get behind.