The game was a real step backwards for Oakland and nasty in the trenches. Hair pulling, heated tempers and flying helmets took up a good part of the afternoon. The Raiders were called for pulling Broncos offensive tackle Ryan Clady’s hair early in the second half, and by the fourth quarter a garden variety of personal foul flags were littering the field.
The final score could have been up to three touchdowns worse, but a trio of Oakland goal line stands resulted in two field goals and one fourth down stop early in the game. Had they won, the Raiders would have been in a first place tie a top the AFC West, but now three games in, fall to 1-2, two games behind 3-0 Denver.
Oakland quarterback JaMarcus Russell’s persistent accuracy troubles resulted in two early interceptions leading to 10 first quarter Denver points. By the late fourth quarter, those remaining in the Coliseum voraciously booed Russell’s frequent incomplete passes.
This was the 100th meeting of the two division rivals (98th regular season game; 2 postseason contests), dating back to each team’s inaugural season 50 years ago. The next meeting between the two teams will take place in Denver on December 20th.
Oakland plays at Houston next Sunday.