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Published on 09/30/2012 at Sun Sep 30 17:08.
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Finally, a Denver Broncos team that doesn’t play down to its competition.

The Broncos welcomed the Oakland Raiders into their stadium in Week Four the same way a cat welcomes a mouse into its den. The Broncos played with the Raiders. The Broncos toyed with them. They bruised them up and left a few scratches, but left the Raiders’ hope alive. The Broncos had their AFC West rival dangling by the tail as the second half came to a close, leading only 10-6.

Then the Broncos crushed the Raiders with unrelenting force.

The third quarter told the tale of the Broncos’ game, as the Broncos (2-2) outscored Oakland 21-0, out-rushed them 67-11 yards, and out-passed them 113 to none. Peyton Manning was magnificent in his breakout Broncos game, completing 30 of 38 passes for 338 yards and three touchdowns (130.0 rating). Willis McGahee ran for 112 yards on 19 carries.

But most impressively, today we saw the team operate as an effective unit. The defense swarmed after Raiders QB Carson Palmer, and the offense found its rhythm early. The Broncos today showed that the promises of the offseason can and will be fulfilled with Peyton Manning under the fold.

And doing it against the Raiders made it all the sweeter.

  • anthony33

    I said during the week that this was a ‘must win’ game for us.

    WOW. Can’t remember the last time we dominated a team on both sides of the ball and all phases of the game.

    Thinking play Atlanta and Houston back to back was a good thing.

    Time to go get Phylis!

  • Jim_Jebow

    Man do I hate the Raiders. This was a sweet win

  • Jim_Jebow

    Brady Gaga first

  • herc_rock

    Ass whippin’!

  • Doom92

    Playing together makes all the difference in the world. Still have some learning to do but this was a fun and exciting win. I think everyone should hate the Raiders, even Raider fans…lol.

  • Doom92

    Thats pretty funny!!!

  • Mike Birtwistle

    The only thinng sours this victory – apart from the injury to JD – was the fact that it was ONLY a 31 point difference. I can only hope they’re holding back the 50 point difference for the game in Oakland

  • Dante_Pakistan

    Not much to say about this game, we killed them and it would have been even worse if DT didn’t fumble.

    Only issue is have is WHY THE FUCK IS JIM LEONHARD STILL RETURNING PUNT?!??? We might as well have an offensive lineman returning.

  • 350legend

    plain and simple, we crush them!! hopefully we can build of that momentum!!!

  • DougEngland

    All I want from the punt returner is he not fumble. (Just get P-Money the ball.)

  • Gary_in_SD

    I sure enjoyed the win, but I don’t hate them even half as much I do the bolts! But then again, I have to live among them and hear their crap all the time! Not to mention hear that obnoxious song of theirs!

  • Jim_Jebow

    I don’t think I have ever heard their song before, but I’m guessing the chorus has the word “butt-plug” in it

  • Cory Richardson

    LOL FINALLY!!!!!! Someone feels the same way about punt return. I thought that was a big reason we got him…..

  • herc_rock
  • Jim_Jebow

    wow, that was like someone farting right next to my ear