DENVER - OCTOBER 24: Tight end Zach Miller #80 of the Oakland Raiders strides into the endzone in the first quarter against the Denver Broncos at INVESCO Field at Mile High on October 24, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Zach Miller
People, this game was 31-0 one minute into the second quarter. How can such a thing possibly happen, when the Raiders were seven-point underdogs, on the road, playing at a high altitude?
The Raiders scored their first opening drive touchdown of the this season, going 80 yards in just over four minutes and getting the score on a 43-yard bomb to Zach Miller.
And then it just got easier and easier from there.
Denver's very first play from scrimmage was a pass thrown right to Raiders cornerback Chris Johnson, and Johnson took that baby to the house. 14-0, Raiders.
Then the Broncos fumbled the ensuing kickoff. First down, Raiders, at the Denver 21. Darren McFadden waltzed it in two plays later for a four-yard touchdown, his first of four on the afternoon.
The Raiders were held to "only" a field goal on the following possession. Fifteen seconds into the second quarter, McFadden got a 19-yard receiving touchdown. Another rushing touchdown for McFadden right before the two-minute warning before halftime had the Raiders up 38-0, if you're still counting.
The two teams did go through the motions and play the second half, but it was no longer a competitive football game. Darren McFadden finished with 165 yards and three touchdowns, the Raiders' offense finished with 333 yards rushing and 513 yards overall.
Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who thinks Jason Campbell should play with a sprained knee every week.