So you know what week it is? BRONCOS V. RAIDERS WEEK BABY! I can think of no team I loathe more than the Raiders. It’s in our DNA as Bronco fans…if you’re a Bronco fan, you learn very young that they’re the bad guys. There was nothing better than playing the Raiders on MNF. If the Broncos are only going to win two games a year---and we’ve been close lately folks let’s face it, they better be against the Raiders. I thought that in the lead up to this Sunday’s game, we should stroll down memory lane and take a look at all the games these two teams have played since the 2000 season. If someone would like to go back further or talk about other Broncos/Raiders games let’s do so and have some good conversations in the comments section. What follows is the game, score, a short synopsis and other great facts---its rather lengthy but is worth the time. Hope you all enjoy!
Sunday, September 17th @ Oakland
Broncos 33 Raiders 24
The Broncos jumped out to an early 17-0 lead behind a Griese to McCaffrey TD pass as well as a Trevor Price fumble return for a TD. The Raiders closed the gap in the 2nd Quarter and went into halftime tied up at 24. The Broncos defense stiffened and didn’t allow another point. Joe Nedney added three more second half FGs to put the Broncs on top 33-24. Mike Anderson rushed for 187 yards on 32 carries. Both Eddie Mac and Rod Smith had 7 catches, and the Denver defense picked off Rich Gannon twice.
Monday, November 13th @ Denver
Broncos 27 Raiders 24
Jason Elam kicked a 41 yard FG as time expired to give the Broncos a 27-24 victory. Ray Crockett picked off Rich Gannon on the game’s opening drive and gave the Broncos offense great field position. Terrell Davis punched it in from five yards out for a 7-0 lead. After a tough defensive battle, the Raiders led 10-7 at halftime. After halftime, a quick FG and an unbelievable FG block by Ian Gold for a touchdown put the Broncos back on top where they remained despite a furious 4th quarter Raider rally. The Denver defense registered four sacks and two INTs.
The Broncos finished 2000 with an 11-5 record succumbing to the Baltimore Ravens in the first round of the playoffs.
Monday, November 5th @ Oakland
Raiders 38 Broncos 28
The Raiders scored four TDs on their first 6 possessions and build an early 28-13 lead. Both early FGs by the Broncos came after they were stuffed by the Raiders D inside the 5 yard line. The Broncos moved the ball effectively, just had too many mistakes including two late Brian Griese INTs. Incidentally, Griese was pulled for Gus Frerotte after this late 2nd INT. Subsequently, Frerotte led a meaningless TD drive. Terrell Davis was held in check gaining 70 yards on 17 carries. Rod Smith led all Broncos receivers with 10 grabs.
Sunday, December 30th @ Denver
Broncos 23 Raiders 17
The Raiders dominated Time of Possession in the first half holding the ball for nearly 18 minutes, yet they were behind by 3 at the break. Despite being outgained 334-231, our D held tough and only allowed 2/12 3rd down conversions. The name of this game was turnovers as in the Raiders had 3 and the Broncos had none. Although Griese put up Matt Cassel like numbers (19 completions for 142 yards), he led his team to the winning score in the 4th quarter, hooking up with Rod Smith from 12 yards out to give the Broncos a 20-17 lead. Oakland’s fate was sealed by a Kennoy Kennedy INT in the endzone on a 4th and 1 play from our 17 yard line. This would also be the final home game against the Raiders at Mile High Stadium, this would also be the last Raiders game Terrell Davis would see.
The Broncos finished 8-8 and out of the playoffs
Monday, November 11th @ Denver
Raiders 34 Broncos 10
Things got off to a bad start. Rod Woodson picked off Brian Griese and ran it back 96 yards for a TD. After a Clinton Portis 1yd TD run brought the game to 13-7, Rich Gannon capped off a perfect drive with a 6-yd TD to Jerry Rice. This one was never close and Oakland capped off the night with a Jerry Rice 34-yard TD reception. Brian Griese was sacked four times, failed to throw a TD, and threw 1 INT.
Sunday, December 22nd @ Oakland
Raiders 28 Broncos 16
Yet another ugly outing by our Broncos. The Raiders jumped out to a 21-0 lead early on in the second quarter after a Rich Gannon 8-yd TD pass to Charlie Garner. Near the end of the half, Bill Romanowski sacked Brian Griese and put him out of the game. Steve Beuerlein replaced Griese and brought the Broncos to within 5 points early on in the 4th quarter. Our offense failed to capitalize on an Ian Gold strip-sack and a Zack Crockett 1-yd TD run effectively ended the Broncos season. At this point they were 8-7, and went on to win the finale to finish 9-7. If they had won either of the games against the Raiders they would have made it as a wild card team---disappointing to say the least as this season finished with the first Raiders sweep of the Broncos in Mike Shanahan’s tenure. This would also be the last time that Brian Griese would suit up for us against the Raiders.
9-7 no playoffs this year
Monday, September 22nd @ Denver
Broncos 31 Raiders 10
Woo Hoo!!! Not only did the Raiders get punked by
the Bucs Jon Gruden in the previous years’ Super Bowl, they got bent over by our Broncos in our home opener on Monday Night Football. Jake ‘the snake’ Plummer smoked the Raiders D in the first quarter with TD passes to Shannon Sharpe and Ashley Lelie, and added a patented bootleg for a 6 yd TD run. Our defense fed off the energy created by our offense and forced the Raiders to punt on their first 6 possessions.
Sunday, November 30th @ Oakland
Broncos 22 Raiders 8
Yet another Raiders beating by the hands of our Broncos! Clinton Portis ran roughshod over the pathetic Raiders D to the tune of 2 TDs and 170 yards on 34 carries. The Snake had a less than spectacular outing passing for only 105 yards with 1 TD and 1INT, but that was enough because the Raiders had Rick freakin’ Mirer at QB---yeah Rick Mirer. Our defense dominated once again by not allowing Da Faders to get into the endzone. Their points came off of two Janikowski FGs and a safety on a Micah Knorr blocked punt.
10-6 playoffs, stomped by Indy 41-10 in the Wild Card round
Sunday, October 10th @ Oakland
Broncos 31 Raiders 3
Is there anything better in football (besides winning it all) than beating down the Raiders? I certainly don’t think so. Jake Plummer threw for three first half TDs, one each to Jeb Putzier, Dwayne Carswell, and Ashley Lelie. Our defense once again dominated by holding the Raiders to a TOTAL of 145 yards. While the Raiders couldn’t seem to move the ball, the Broncos couldn’t find it in their hearts to relinquish it holding the ball for nearly 37 minutes in the game. The Broncos D sacked Kerry Collins four times (yeah he sucked then too) and added an INT.
Sunday, November 28th @ Denver
Raiders 25 Broncos 24
Many people will remember this game very vividly---this was the snow game. Smash mouth football by both teams, though I don’t think anyone will forget the hit that Al Wilson had. Out of all the losses in this season, this one probably hurt the most…why? Because we should have won! The first half was stingy with points, but fireworks occurred in the last minute of the 2nd quarter. With a 3-0 lead, Plummer fired an 85-yard TD to Rod Smith. After the ensuing kickoff, the Raiders had the ball on their 49 with 34 seconds left…BOOM Kerry Collins hits Jerry Porter for a TD---Porter killed us this game. To make things worse they struck again on the first drive of the 2nd half with another Porter TD (told ya)---though due to the weather and Monsanto Pope the extra point was blocked. Two quick scores by our Broncos (Droughns TD run and Collins pick 6) gave us a seemingly safe 11-point lead. Well it wasn’t safe and just after the two-minute warning in the 4th Jerry Porter caught his 3rd TD to give the Raiders a 1-point lead. No worries right? Jake Plummer led our offense down the field to attempt a go-ahead 43 yard FG. BLOCKED!!! What a game, but a game our boys had right in their hands.
10-6 playoffs yet again, smoked by Peyton Manning yet again 49-24.
Sunday, November 13th @ Oakland
Broncos 31 Raiders 17
Gotta love this dominance against our most hated rivals! This one was just plain ugly for Kerry Collins who threw 3 INTs including a pick 6 to Darrent Williams. Three Jason Elam FGs, a TD pass to Rod Smith, and a TD run by Mike Anderson capped the scoring as the Broncos won their fourth game out of five tries against the Raiders.
Sunday, December 24th @ Denver
Broncos 22 Raiders 3
Boy I betcha Faders fans were sure tired of losing. Christmas sure came a day early for the Broncs as this win coupled with a Cincinnati loss ensured them of an AFC West crown and a first round bye in the playoffs. Our defense was absolutely awesome and only allowed a 4th quarter Janikowski FG. I do miss the patented fast starts by Shanahan offense---it was 10-0 right off the bat. Nothing too fancy about this win, the better team did what it had to do and took care of business
13-3, Loss to Steelers in the AFC Championship Game
Sunday, October 15th @ Denver
Broncos 13 Raiders 3
Another smash-mouth game and win by the Broncos. Tatum Bell accounted for the only offensive TD in the game. Two 2nd quarter Elam FGs gave the Broncos a 13-0 lead at halftime. Defensively, the Broncos forced one fumble, one INT, and had four sacks--two by Elvis Dumervil. At this point in the season, the Broncos defense hadn’t allowed a single TD to be scored on them.
Sunday, November 23rd @ Oakland
Broncos 17 Raiders 13
This game was more important than a score, it marked the end of an era. This would be the last time Jake Plummer would suit up against the Raiders. This would also be his last win as a Denver Bronco. This game was a lot closer than it should have been, given the fact that Andrew Walter was the Raiders’ starting QB. In his final performance against the Raiders, Jake the Snake was 20-31 for 210 yards, 2 TDs and 3 INTs. Defensively, Kenard Lang had 2 sacks, Al Wilson had 1 sack, and both John Engelberger and Elvis Dumervil had fumble recoveries. Say what you want about ‘The Snake’, but he sure as hell could beat the Raiders going 7-1 as a starter against them. It was also the end of a great run by our team that included three straight playoff appearances.
9-7 out of the playoffs, R.I.P. Darrent Williams
Sunday, September 16th @ Denver
Broncos 23 Raiders 20
As was typical in this era for our team, we jumped out to a decent lead only to see it get squandered away. In his first start against the Raiders, Jay Cutler led our Broncos to a first half 17-3 lead with a touchdown pass to Brandon Stokley. He was also sacked in the end zone for a safety and threw a pick 6 in the fourth quarter to give the Raiders a 20-17 lead. With about 6 minutes left in the fourth, Jason Elam kicked the tying FG and our defense held to force overtime. After trading possessions in this extra set, a strong running attack led by Travis Henry and a clutch pass to Brandon Marshall set up the winning FG. That makes it five in a row against the Raiders!
Sunday, December 2nd @ Oakland
Raiders 34 Broncos 20
This time it was the Raiders that got off to the fast start…sort of. Josh McCown threw two first half TDs to give the Raiders a 14-7 lead at the half. They then took their first two possessions in the 2nd half and put 10 more points on the board thanks to a Janikowski FG and another McCown TD pass to Jerry Porter for a 24-7 lead. Our Broncos fought back with two Elam FGs and a Travis Henry TD to make the score 24-20, but a Cutler INT after another Janikowski FG sucked the momentum away as Justin Fargas put the final nail in the coffin with a 5 yd TD run.
7-9 Missed the playoffs
Monday, September 8th @ Oakland
Broncos 41 Raiders 10
I remember being very happy after this game---it was our season opener. Jay Cutler and Eddie Royal lit up
the Raiders DeAngelo Hall and our defense stayed tough. Cutler threw two TD passes, one to Eddie Royal, and in Eddie Royal’s first start as a pro, he caught 9 balls for 156 yards. Michael Pittman added two TD runs, Selvin Young added a TD run, and save for a garbage time TD by JaMarcus “Purple Drank” Russell to Ashley Lelie of all people, this was an absolute joy to experience---unless you were a Raider fan!
Sunday, November 30th @ Denver
Raiders 31 Broncos 10
As good as the first game of this season felt, this was just BLAH. Jay Cutler fumbled on the Raider 7 yard line on the Broncos opening drive, and that set the tone for the game. Oakland scored the first 10 points of the game thanks to a Johnny Higgins punt return for a TD. The Raiders led at halftime 10-3. Peyton Hillis tied it up on the first possession of the 3rd Quarter with a 6 yard TD run. From there the wheels came off and due to two McFadden TD runs and another TD toss by “Purple Drank”, the final score was just as ugly as Al Davis (I kid I kid R.I.P. Mr. Davis).
This game was also the end of an era, the Mike Shanahan era---no it wasn’t the last of the season, but it would be the last game Mike would coach against the Raiders as our Head Coach. And this was quite an era to end. Against the Raiders alone, Mike Shanahan’s Broncos were 21-7 over 14 years. I bet Al Davis wish he would have just paid the guy the money he owed him!!!
8-8 missed the playoffs
Sunday, September 27th @ Oakland
Broncos 23 Raiders 3
Both Josh McDaniels and Kyle Orton got off on the right foot by beating the Raiders on the road. Kyle completed a TD pass to Brandon Marshall, and Correll Buckhalter ran crazy with 108 yards on only 14 carries. The Broncos D kept “Jabba the Hut” in check by allowing only a putrid 61 yards on 12 completions. Both Andre Goodman and Renaldo added INTs as the Broncos defense allowed only 137 total yards.
Sunday, December 20th @ Denver
Raiders 20 Broncos 19
This one I’m not looking at any stat-lines for because I WAS THERE!!! As a Christmas present, I took my dad to watch this game and we got to sit in the south stands. I was amazed at the size of the players, most notably “Jabba the Hut” who could have been a defensive lineman. I remember our offense struggling to get it in the End Zone, and it came back to bite us. Going into the 4th quarter with a 16-13 lead, Kyle Orton hit Brandon Stokley on a quick slant and there was no one else near him. He pumped his legs and fought to make it to the goal-line, but was caught from behind at the Raider 2. After a short delay because of a fan shining a laser at Brandon Marshall, Knowshon was stuffed on two plays (big surprise) and a fade pattern to Tony Scheffler was incomplete so the Broncos settled for a FG. Ol’ “Purple Drank” was only in the game because the two other Raiders QB’s had been hurt (yes he was benched by this time). What followed was salt on the wound, JaMarcus Russell who never completed any meaningful pass in the NFL converted a 4th and 10 and drove the Raiders down for a game winning score. (I don’t remember the name of the Raider WR that caught the TD but I do know he beat Alphonso Smith at nickelback---thanks a lot for that one McDaniels). I’ll never forget that play because simultaneously, 70,000 fans let out a huge groan that evaporated into the cold winter night as if our collective lives had been choked from us.
8-8 out of the playoffs
Sunday, October 24th @ Denver
Raiders 59 Broncos 14
This was the game that was probably the turning point for McDaniel’s tenure here, in my mind it was anyways as far as the ‘fanbase on the fence’ was concerned. YOU DON’T LOSE TO THE RAIDERS LIKE THIS EVER!!! I was out of state and only caught the highlights afterwards, but for those of you Broncos fans that stuck through and watched this crap-fest, I give you props! 24-0 after the first quarter as a result of a pick 6 and a fumble on the first two Broncos drives. When it was 38-7 at the half I can remember my brother wondering if they were gonna roll 60 on us. There was nothing good about this game and I’m not gonna give the Raiders fans the satisfaction of going through the stats, IF you can read do it on your own haha!
Sunday, December 19th @ Oakland
Raiders 39 Broncos 23
This would mark Tim Tebow’s first career start, and it was competitive and close until the fourth quarter. A 40 yard TD run by Tebow and a long TD pass to Brandon Lloyd matched the Raiders in the first quarter. At halftime the score was 17 all. From there alternating FGs made it 23-20 Raiders after three. Our defense couldn’t maintain its’ consistency and gave up a 73-yard TD to Reece on a short pass. A safety and Michael Bush TD capped the scoring and after this defeat, the Broncos had lost three straight to the Raiders.
4-12 Hello Von Miller
Monday, September 12th @ Denver
Raiders 23 Broncos 20
Another painful game to lose, because there were a lot of mistakes. 25 combined penalties, one INT, two fumbles lost (one very ugly one by Kyle Orton as he was attempting to pass to a wide open Daniel Fells), two missed FGs and on and on. This was absolutely brutal to watch, as in paint drying is probably more entertaining. Darren McFadden killed us yet again by rushing for 150 yards on 22 carries. Both QBs were inept, Jason Campbell threw for 105 yards, and Kyle Orton threw for 304 yards---yeah that’s inept with that epic fail to Fells.
I don’t know what this next game holds. The Raiders have owned us the past couple of years. Hopefully our guys come out ticked off and look to gain some of their pride back, because if they aren’t tired of losing, I don’t know what it will take. I don’t even suit up for them and I’m tired of losing haha! Please Broncos for the sake of your fans and all that we have put up with over the last few years, BRING US HOME A VICTORY!!! I’m tired of all of my Raider loving relatives talking smack! We all know the only reason they like their team is because of the colors, THUG LIFE WOOT WOOT LMAO!!!