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Tonight’s Monday Night Football matchup was a bit lopsided, but the Oakland Raiders put in a respectable appearance. The Denver Broncos came out swinging, but the Raiders went 10 rounds with them without looking foolish. Aside from a bad performance in the red zone with two holding calls and a potentially bad injury, they showed a lot of heart.
After Denver scored 17 unanswered points, Oakland quarterback, Terrell Pryor hit wideout Denarius Moore for a 73 yard touchdown. But Denver scored again, and later made a field goal to make it a discouraging 27-7 at the half.
Denver QB Peyton Manning was sacked in the third quarter, and after a fumble, Raiders’ Hunter ran 15 yards to his own 30. A few minutes later, Oakland running back Darren McFadden, who did not have a great day, overall, did make a surprise pass on this drive to fullback Marcel Reece for 16 yards and a touchdown. The extra point by Janikowski was good. Unfortunately, cornerback Tracy Porter sustained a concussion.
Mercifully, the Broncos scored for the last time at the start of the fourth quarter. As Oakland reached the Denver 6, Pryor lost two yards, running the ball, and sustained a concussion. Matt Flynn took over at QB, and later led the Raiders to the Denver one, where McFadden ran it in for the final TD.
Manning’s Broncos dominated, but the Raiders put on a good show. I, for one, will enjoy watching the Raiders this year, and hope they have time to gel and become stronger as a team.