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But they struggled to beat the Oakland Raiders, give me a break. So their defense is winning games and looking tough — what has happened to their offense? They got into the red zone and could not punch or pass a touchdown against the Raiders, folks.
The offensive line is in a shambles, and the wide receivers are dropping Peyton Manning passes left and right, and Peyton himself is throwing interceptions, two in this game. Could it be they need the sure handed Julius Thomas? And no one has replaced Wes Welker. And Gary Kubiak, if you don’t stop trying to turn C.J. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman into the rushing stars that they obviously are not — one yard gains and NG’s do not win a football game. It’s wasting time and taking the Broncos to punt out city.
In the first quarter Sunday the Broncos got to the red zone and were third and eight on the 12 yard line and had to settle for a Brandon McManus field goal to make the score 3-0.
The Raiders came back and powered a touchdown to Marcel Reece to go ahead 7-3.
The Broncos went back to punt out city until the end of the first half when they got back down to the Raider 10 yard line; Charles Woodson intercepted Manning at the goal line, and that was the end of the half.
Broncos went to halftime down to the Raiders a pathetic 3-7. Bet this put a smile on Jack Del Rio’s face. Last year he was Bronco defensive coordinator. This year he works for the Raiders.
Broncos opened the second half in punt out city, and after a strip fumble of Raider quarterback Derek Carr the Broncos were sitting on the goal line and again had to settle for a field goal to make the score 7-6. (C.J. Anderson couldn’t find the goal line, and Thomas dropped the ball.)
Still trailing the Raiders, who went back to punt out city, Manning, who was sacked on this drive, set Brandon McManus up for a 52-yard field goal to go ahead 9-7.
We’re late in the third quarter, and Woodson, who is after Manning, jumps up in the air to intercept another Manning pass. This puts the Raiders in field goal range, and Janikowski — who never misses — Missed)
Then in the fourth quarter the Bronco defense won the game when Chris Harris intercepted a Carr pass and boogies for a 69-yard touchdown. With the PAT the score went to 16-7.
At the two minute warning the Raiders’ Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 50-yard field goal to make it 16-10. The Raiders tried an off side kick; Demaryius Thomas caught it this time, and the Broncos managed to win 16-10.
In any case the Broncos are still 5-0.
In 2014 the Broncos defeated the Raiders 47-14 Dec. 28 in the last game of the regular season. In 2013 the Broncos beat the Raiders 37-21 on Sept. 23 and 34-14 Dec. 29.
The Raiders are 2-3 — defeating only the Baltimore Ravens and the Cleveland Browns, and they have a bye next week.
What’s going to happen when you have to play a top team, Kubiak? At least John Fox understood that his pass offense was his bread and butter.
He won too this week with a quarterback who is dicey to say the least.
The Broncos next week play the Browns in Cleveland and have a bye the following week. The Browns are 2-3 after defeating the 1-4 Baltimore Ravens 33-30 Sunday.