As I watched the first drive by both teams I did have one thought that was simply reinforced as the game went on. Maybe we're not as good as we'd like to think our team is. Our OL had very little push in the run game and that DL of the Raiders was simply overpowering. Our RB game was very similar to McDaniels regime and this is what I am not looking forward too.
Our WR corps was considered to be a strength coming into this season but to me, Lloyd isn't as dominating as I was led to believe. I understand he's an upgrade in the eyes of some when compared to Marshall except we don't have a threat in the middle of the field. If we can't dominate the center of the field with run or pass (and I believe the OL is weak outside of Clady) and this evident as our WRs seem to drop passes at ill opportune times.
I know we were gashed with runs but the reality was this. Our pass rush was increasingly fast getting a level forming and at times collapsing the "cup" of the pocket. Draws and screens really played into the strength of the Raiders while showcasing a possible achilles heel to what seems to be a much improved defense.
So what do I expect Denver to do different? Not much considering this was an old school smack in the mouth AFC West Rivalry. We're behind in the talent department for anyone to disagree with that I present to you this. We have wasted picks in two drafts alone and find our talent bare. With that I am elated to see the dividends by R. Moore and V. Miller. Another strong draft to catch up with some of the teams talented on both sides of line will allow us to catch up to the likes of the Raiders (that sentence was very difficult to type).
In closing, Tebow chants was simply embarrassing as I found myself at work today defending my Broncos (I live in NJ and attended that Jets game). I saw a better product and though our 3rd down percentage, penalties and time of possession did little to reinforce what I saw, Denver will have their ups and downs and its not simply on the shoulder of Orton but on that OL as well.