Hue Jackson talked about building the Oakland Raiders into a bully ever since getting the head coaching job nearly eight months ago.
With 190 yards rushing behind a bruising offensive line, five sacks and a defensive front that held Denver to 38 yards rushing, consider it mission accomplished in a 23-20 victory that gave the
Raiders their first season-opening victory since their 2002 AFC championship season.
Jackson managed to do what his four predecessors could not by starting the season with a win. But many of the issues that have plagued the Raiders in a run of eight straight non-winning seasons
still were apparent, most notably 15 penalties for 131 yards that nearly cost Oakland the game.