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End 1st qtr: Raiders 24, Broncos 0

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Some observations and storylines from the first quarter of the Raiders-Broncos game in Denver:

If the Raiders have played a better all all-around quarter of football since they returned to Oakland in 1995, I can’t remember it.

— In the 34 games coached by Tom Cable going in to the Denver game, the Raiders scored 24 or more points seven times. They have 24 in the first quarter against the Broncos.

— Jared Veldheer makes up for a couple of false starts with a key block to spring Darren McFadden for a 40-yard run.

— The Raiders’ fast start probably ensures about 50-plus Kyle Orton passes today. Defensive backs had better stay near the oxygen tank during offensive possessions.

— On fourth-and-1, the Broncos pass. That tells you all you need to know about the Denver offense.

— Cable wanted to see turnovers and some routes jumped. He got it on the first play. Raiders go nickel on the first play, and much-maligned (and not completely undeserved) Chris Johnson takes it back 30 yards for a touchdown.

It was Oakland’s third interception of the season and second by a defensive back. Stanford Routt has the other.

Michael Huff gets a positive forced fumble verdict to set up a 4-yard touchdown run by Darren McFadden.

Three field goals in four quarters against the 49ers. Three touchdowns in two offensive possessions against the Broncos.

— Anyone questioning the play-calling acumen of Hue Jackson on that first drive? Nine plays, 80 yards. A reverse, a read-option play. Finishes with a 43-yard pass to Zach Miller. About as nice of a drive as Raiders have executed all year.

— Still no Darrius Heyward-Bey on the reverse. It goes to Jacoby Ford instead this time for 6 yards and a first down.

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Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Mistabr0wn

    JC should be doing nothing but handing the ball off at this point!

    C’mon Hue!

  • Ghost2Post

    fouts called him wink martindale

  • Carl Weathers

    Did he just say WINK MARTINDALE dialed up the blitz?

  • Bauce 4 Real

    My patna at kincaid’s lol……i think i may just hit it up….or ricky’s….who knows? hell who knew today?

  • djohnnyg

    Why passing on 3rd and one?

  • Bauce 4 Real

    AIG!

  • Mistabr0wn

    Bauce, seriously!

    Two dirty minds stink alike…

  • Bauce 4 Real

    Mista yeah why not run the ball on 3rd and 1…..this team is done why not pound them? PA on 3rd and 1? for what?

  • Did Satele get hurt, why is Valdeer back at Center?

  • RaidingTexas

    Bauce 4 Real Says:
    October 24th, 2010 at 2:37 pm
    why not run the damn ball? hue come on

    ————————————-

    I said the same thing. Post #153. Don’t set Jason up to get hurt or do something stupid. It’s in the bag. Just chew up the clock.

  • Just Fire Baby

    I think our rushing D is going to look a lot better stats wise after today.

  • Bauce 4 Real

    JC still sucks for losing that SF game….but damn he is doing better now

  • This team is on fire!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Huff with a big hit on Gaffney!

  • SilverNBlackPA

    LOL, Donks fans giving them the Bronx cheer

  • Mistabr0wn

    KKKell?
    ______

    KoolKell Says:
    October 23rd, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    I see the spread has gone to 8.5
    The Raiders are going to get killed tomorrow. They’re going to spread the Raiders out and cut them to pieces.

  • GG

    Put Lechler in next drive.

  • RaidingTexas

    I wish we had one of those crossing route wideouts like Gaffney.

  • Carl Weathers

    Branch can sit the rest of the game out…

  • Bauce 4 Real

    860TC we on them!

  • Bauce 4 Real

    Run the ball to end the game…..no DHB? lol

  • I’d like to see them run-up the score. Not shut down.

  • RaidingTexas

    No lead is safe! Ask the Houston Oilers.

    I mean Tennessee Titans.

  • RaiderRockstar

    38-0 at the 2 min warning

    bwahahahahahaha!

    who would have thunk it?

  • Mistabr0wn

    DHB is in AL’s suite shining his alligator shoes.

  • ArmChair GM

    DHB sucks…

  • ArmChair GM

    Bench DHB until he plays like he has a clue.

  • Carl Weathers

    We gotta stick another one in before the half!

  • aig-raiders

    wat up bauce!!! im at the memphis raider club and we going crazy here!!!!

  • Bauce 4 Real

    Thats ok guys…….38-7……..they still done……we get on scoring drive to end half……what ya say fellas?

  • R8derdiehard

    uh oh momentum into halftime?

  • Bauce 4 Real

    AIG! Glad to fawkin hear it….give em hell!

  • RR, that is 76/0 at game end, can we do it? Brings some respectability to Oakdale?

  • RaidingTexas

    I don’t think I’d be celebrating like that if I was Denver.

  • Mistabr0wn

    This game is not over Bauce!

    Put the henny down pls

  • Bauce 4 Real

    RRS….Huff? Another big play? I’ll take it!

  • Oops!

  • Carl Weathers

    That’s where burning your timeouts early hurts… oh well, lets get the 2 minute drill going!

  • Roch R

    Dan Foutts still sucks.

  • Bauce 4 Real

    Mista….no im on Jose now….and i wont put it down…..gametime baby…..team wants this one….they know they blew it last week

  • Just Fire Baby

    Not sure about lining up RoMac on a RB on the sidelines.

    Shouldn’t you rotate a safety out there? Why blitz Branch and leave your MLB twenty yards out wide?

    Oh well……38-7

  • SilverNBlackPA

    Papa says Cable is seething after they gave up the touchdown. Good.

  • AbusedByAl

    Raiders may still find a way to lose this one. This is only over after the 4th quarter…

  • RaidingTexas

    I think they just said DHB concussed.

  • RaidersMom

    Satele concussed.

  • Mistabr0wn

    If we ran a running play on the last drive when it was 3rd and 1 Denver doesn’t even get near the endzone by this time.

    Idiot call by H Jackson!

  • SilverNBlackPA

    Satele out with a concussion. I suppose that means Veldheer at center. Sucks, he was opening up some big holes.

    Sign a FA center depending on his condition this week, I wonder?

  • Carl Weathers

    Satele out with a concussion…

  • mkyd1963

    Satele out for the game

  • SilverNBlackPA

    Satele had a horrible pre-season, but he’s really settled in as the year has gone on.