The Broncos quarterback has played 32 games, the equivalent of two full NFL seasons. He has compiled more passing yards and touchdown passes at a similar stage than did Tom Brady, Brett Favre or Philip Rivers. Cutler has been lauded as a rising star, maybe even the best young quarterback in the game.
Mike Shanahan lost to The Cable Guy. The Broncos were humiliated by the hated Raiders and vilified by their own devotees on Sunday.
In a disturbing vote of no confidence, thousands of disgruntled paying customers turned and walked out on Broncos coach Mike Shanahan during a humiliating 31-10 loss to Oakland.
This isn't a short-term thing anymore. Since losing the 2005 AFC championship game, the Broncos are 12-10 at Invesco Field and have been outscored 494-474.
Ebenezer Ekuban wasn't going to use the phrase "step back," but after Denver's 31-10 loss to Oakland on Sunday, he admitted the Denver defense had suffered some serious breakdowns.
Oakland Raiders receiver Ashley Lelie, playing for his fourth team in as many seasons, enjoyed a wonderful return to Denver on Sunday.
Perhaps it was the resiliency of youth that allowed the Broncos to win their previous two road games when the oddsmakers said they were supposed to lose.
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The visitors are getting way too comfortable, way too quick to make themselves at home at Invesco Field at Mile High.
This was the impotent Oakland Raiders offense everyone knew and loathed recently in the Bay Area. Three straight times Sunday, close to the goal line in the second quarter, running back Justin Fargas smashed into the line.
The Oakland Raiders, smelly 2-8 record and all, came ready to fight at Invesco Field at Mile High, where the first-place Broncos team hadn't shown much of a punch in recent games.
Cutler repeatedly tried to go long, challenging Raiders cornerback Chris Johnson and the right side of Oakland's defensive backfield, and he repeatedly came up short.
In the midst of another dreary performance at home Sunday, the Broncos' discouraged partisans began streaming toward the parking lots sometime in the third quarter. They were cold, but not as cold as their team.
The tip-off to the day came during Broncos introductions when safety Roderick Rogers came trotting through the inflated horse's head.
Well, the Denver Broncos may have just erased all the good that was gained from back-to-back road victories at Cleveland and Atlanta.
Almost as amazing as the fact the Chargers keep losing in the way they do is the fact their season is still very much relevant.