Hello folks! Mdierk here after the Giants game with reactions of the New Jersey Manning Bowl and taking a look at next Monday's game against the hated Oakland Raiders. Let's start on what I briefly observed on Sunday and then look at what Denver needs to do against the Raiders to ensure the "nation" stays conquered.
Sunday's game - Coming in I was not sure what to expect with the Giants today. My fears were initially coming true when Denver drove the entire length of the field only to have Montee Ball cough it up inside the 5. After Eli took over, the first pass was a bomb to Victor Cruz for about 50 yards. Fortunately, the defense was able to hold New York to 9 points in the first half. The second half was much better with all phases clicking. An alarming issue to me was all the dropped passes, injuries (late in the game) and extreme penalty yards on the Broncos. I thought I was watching the Raven payoff (playoff) game officiating crew most of the time. They gifted the Giants a touchdown in the third quarter and called some ticky tack calls on DRC and Chris Harris. On the Injury front, the foot injury to Ryan Clady was easily the scariest to me. From the reports, he should be able to play next Monday. UPDATE: Looks like he will be out for about 6 weeks! Overall, a huge 41-23 victory for the Broncos with the expectation of returning to Metlife Stadium in February.
Now to next week's opponent the hated Oakland Raiders. I have named this post "Conquering a "Nation"". A few years ago, I went over to Silver and Black Pride to read the "enemy" perspective on our hated rivals. I noticed one of the commenter's comment signature said "Raider Nation is the only Nation". Since I couldn't let that get by without a response, my sig line became "Fader Nation is a Conquered Nation". I have used it off and on for the past few years in my sig line to anger the fans of the "nation" without getting too personal. Besides, they root for the wrong team anyway.
This week the Raiders played the worst team in the NFL, the Jacksonville Jaguars, at home. Nothing says home cooking in Oakland when you play on the infield dirt during the early half of the season. Oakland won the game 19-9 on mostly running the ball from the spread option. I expected Oakland to win this one, but to only win by 10 to the Jags is pathetic. From what was reported in SABP, the Raiders did not finish drives and settled for field goals. This sounds like the forgettable Kyle Orton era in Denver in kicking field goals instead of scoring touchdowns. One of the bright spots on the Raider roster is Terrelle Pryor. He has the inexperience to lose games and has enough ability with running and extending plays to burn a defense and win a few games. He pushed the Colts to the brink in week 1 and the Colts are expected to be an AFC contender this season. As long as the D contains Pryor, Darren McFadden and Marcel Reece, the Broncos should have nothing to worry about from this crew. The defense has Charles Woodson lurking in the secondary, but not much else back there. The team overall is young and trying to purge all the bad business decisions of the late Al Davis so they will have some major growing pains. This looks like another game of get the lead, step on the gas and use the altitude to wear the "nation"out. I always look forward to victories against our hated foe and keep the "nation" conquered for another year. See you next time and GO BRONCOS!