First quarter: Broncos 10, Raiders 0



Den _ Brandon Marshall 2-yard pass from Kyle Orton (Matt Prater kicks PAT), 2:07

Den_Prater 48-yard field goal, :00


— The Raiders held the Broncos following JaMarcus Russell’s second interception, forcing a 48-yard field goal attempt by Prater which was good.

— The Raiders got a first down on a 15-yard run by Darren McFadden, a minor bit of momentum which was crushed when Russell threw a pass well over the head of Darrius Heyward-Bey and into the arms of Andre Goodman, who returned it 30 yards.

Very heavy booing. Assuming it’s directed at Russell instead of offense in general. Raiders defense will wear out at this pace.

— Russell’s deep third-down pass out of his own end zone is intercepted by Renldo Hill after Darrius Heyward-Bey gets his feet tangled with a defender. Officials say no foul by rule.

— The interception _ not Russell’s fault, really _ sets up a short-field 23-yard touchdown drive with Orton finding Marshall in the end zone for a touchdown. Marshall brushed off Kirk Morrison, found an open area and Orton found him for the touchdown.

— Following the Raiders three-and-out, the Broncos drove to the Raiders 1-yard line and were rejected on a goal line stand, with Jordan being stuffed on fourth-and-goal. Orton completed all three of his passes for 39 yards. Buckhalter had 19 yards rushing, Moreno 12.

— As the Raiders introduced their defense (a good idea, considering the greeting the offense might have received), there appeared to only slightly fewer fans than in your garden variety preseason game.

— Will update frequently on my Twitter page.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Boooooooooooooooooooo

  • Terrapin

    Refs must have gone on vacation.

    DHB got picked by a defender on the 2nd JR int – no call.

    DHB tripped on the 1st int – no call (although questionable these usually go to the offense)

  • this is killing me…

  • raideralex99

    Go JaMarcus Go
    We can draft a REAL QB at #1.

  • darkhorse

    I am just in awe of how inept Russell inaccuracy is…

  • raideralex99

    LOL … if JaMarcus throws 10 INTs we would have 10 excuses … keep them coming. Lots of GOOD QBs to pick next year.

  • jhill

    DHB is a mess. Falls down and gives up the first pick, and then doesn’t complete his route on the 2nd pick.

    More importantly, why is Cable trying to force this deep passing game?


    Glad the Lakers start this week!

  • Russell sucks

  • Is it Russell? Or, is it organizational management and the play calling? Let’s do the math. Russell has only been here for 3 years, and has only played for close to two of those years. The Raiders have sucked for 6 years. Seems pretty obvious to me.

  • Terrapin

    Jhill – He got picked by the defender.

  • Florida Pete

    keep f’ing running it…

  • raiderindavalley

    see what happens when he doesn’t lock on to the WR

  • Gradkowski or Frye will not do any better with this playcalling. Maybe Cable is sabotaging Russell? If so, what’s the difference between him and Kiffin?

  • put in gradkowski

  • 24

    I wanna believe in Russell. I really do but its just so freakin hard. McCown even looked better than this and thats not saying much at all. I mean…we’ve seen them all from Donald Hollis, Billy Joe Hobert, Vince Evans but this really hurts more considering his first pick stature and the fact that the Raiders look good and the only thing holding them back is the QB.

  • Murphy needs to learn to hold the ball when he hits the ground

  • Florida Pete

    so what do you recommend MR???

    throw out all the plays that are outside the hashmarks???

    they should tell Russell he got two minutes to get it done…

  • elguapo2010

    I want to see Fatso Jamarcus throw another interception so i can hear more funny excuses for it! Pinche Gordo!

  • Random Drug Tester

    sabotaging a QB by making him throw?

    BIt of a reach MR.

  • RaidingTexas

    Defense should be rested now.

  • Russell just needs to throw every pass down the middle

  • ok were gettin a lil rhythm then a flag

  • NCRaiderFan

    JaWalrus Must Go. Cable as well.

  • This is more like it. Running the football, taking the passing plays underneath that they’re giving to us. WHAT A CONCEPT?!?

  • murphy’s a stud

  • jhill

    This is comical!

  • Random Drug Tester

    1st down…double fumble?

  • jhill

    2 fumbles by McFadden already …

    This offense needs a “Richard Seymour” type acquisition. Penalties, bad routes, bad play calling. This offense looks like it has a rookie playcaller, 2 rookie WRs, a first year C, and an average QB.

    Cable had been the most disappointing with this forced vetical play calling.

  • mcfadden is a fumble machine

  • Sabotaging a QB by calling passing plays they know won’t work. Are you really that stupid, drug tester? You need to drug test yourself.

  • Random Drug Tester

    his legs are going to get snapped running up the middle like they have him.

  • darkhorse

    why not just run the ball and get some momentum…annoying…

  • Terrapin

    Refs basically spotted Denver 10pts is how I feel right now.

    DHB got fouled twice for no call. Those were good balls by JR. He was on the money when DHB got tripped and DHBs route was cut off as he got picked by the defender on JRs second throw.

  • Look at how much more effective we are when running the ball and taking passing plays underneath. First two drives were a joke. Now we’re in Denver territory. You can see the conflict between Cable and Al in the playcalling. I doubt Cable’s going to make it through the year. He’s going to break Al’s jaw next.

  • Guy

    So Madden Raider, what do you think is wrong with Russell and what will happen? Also were those picks his fault? I dont hate him, Ive actaully supported him but hes trying to change my opinion

  • Raiders get the 3

  • Florida Pete

    Florida Pete Says:
    September 27th, 2009 at 2:04 pm
    so what do you recommend MR???

    throw out all the plays that are outside the hashmarks???

    they should tell Russell he got two minutes to get it doneā€¦

  • go jano

  • Lets go D!!!!

  • lefty12

    this isn’t high school.you need balance in your Off.Jhill,i know you are a JR can do no wrong guy,but come on.

  • RaidingTexas

    Beginning to look like this defense is not what we thought it was.

  • Random Drug Tester

    I at least have played Qb at the college level, albeit Canadian college.

    I doubt that I could say the same for you.

    And I certainly wouldn’t call someone stupid for disagreeing with you.

  • Terrapin

    Lefty you were completely right on that no call pick on DHB which caused the pick because he couldnt get to the ball.

  • lefty12

    how the hell can a wr go get a ball when he is tripped and on the ground.did you not see the DB grab his arm on the second one,and he was still wide open and the ball went over his head.

  • The Raiders are getting no pressure so far

  • lefty12

    Jhill,are you watching the game?

  • Why is Morrison being asked to cover slot receivers?

  • jhill

    Whatever you say Lefty …

    Those 2 picks were clearly on DHB. Even Rich Gannon said on that first pick that DHB has to go get that ball. How can a play where the WR was knocked down be the QBs fault?

    And a JRuss supporter?!?!?!

    I want the RAIDERS to win. I think the focus on this vertical offense is ridiculous. Of course they should pass the ball, but how about a few of these short crossing routes against the LBs that are killing us?

    Oh, I forgot, you guys call that dinking and dunking.

  • routt sux

  • Raiders are getting killed in the middle of the field. Denver has found a weakness in this defense and they are milking it.