A win is a win. Someone once said that, and I believe it. I also believe the Broncos are going to face some teams that I am going to assume are going to put the ball in the end-zone, like the Colts, starting in 2 weeks. Even the game against Cleveland is going to be a test if the offense can't get it going. It seems you guys and glas agree with me, since 85% of you share my concerns about the offense. A win is a win, however, and we'll definitely take it.
Before we begin our preparations for the Browns, let's take one last look at last night's game, and see what the main-stream media thinks, on both sides of the Win/Loss column...
Take a look at the GAME RECAP to see how it all went down...
By The Numbers --
*--For the first time in franchise history neither the Broncos or their opponents have scored 20 points in any game after 5 weeks
*--Rod Smith became just the 6th receiver to have 100 or more catches against 3 different teams(Oakland, Kansas City, San Diego). The others? Tim Brown, Andre Reed, Cris Carter, Art Monk and Jerry Rice
*--The Broncos improved to 10-2 at home against the Raiders under Mike Shanahan
*--The Broncos became the first team since the Detroit Lions in 1934 to hold opponents to 1 or fewer touchdowns through 5 games. The Lions shut-out their first 7 opponents that season.
*--Rookie Elvis Dumervil recorded his first career sack, twice. His "first" sack was negated by a penalty
*--The Broncos have now won 13 straight regular season games at Home.
A Look Around The Newswire --
*--Rookie Elvis Dumervil was excited to get his first career sack, even if it had to happen twice --
*--Sure the Broncos' Offense has struggled, but don't expect the defense to talk about it --
"Our offense is going to come, they're going to put the points on the board that everybody wants. Until then, we'll just do our thing the best we can because we're in it together.
*--Pat Rooney of the Rocky Mountain News had more to say about the Offensive struggles --
Facing a young, winless Oakland Raiders team that allegedly was not ready for the prime-time spotlight, the running game was supposed to thrive, Jake Plummer was supposed to straighten out his roller-coaster season with an efficient performance and the team was supposed to score enough points to finally give its defense some room for error.
None of that happened, even though the Broncos were able to hold on for yet another blue-collar win, beating their AFC West rivals 13-3 on Sunday night at Invesco Field at Mile High.
*--Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post is a little less optimistic --
Smell trouble? If the Broncos are going to get more than a whiff of the Super Bowl, coach Mike Shanahan cannot continue to mask the problem with a can of Glade.
Something was rank at your local football stadium on Sunday night. And we're not talking about those stale, old Oakland Raiders, a nuisance that Denver kept messing with until the Broncos won 13-3.
Haven't we seen this game too many times already? This has got to stop before déjà vu dooms the championship dreams of the Broncos. Whoever installed the humidor at Invesco Field, please dismantle it. Touchdowns are down. Concern is up by anyone with eyes wide open.
"You don't care if you keep winning ugly. But ..." Broncos fullback Kyle Johnson said, letting doubt linger in the air.
"I haven't seen anything where I would say we're on the verge," Johnson said. "Right now, we're doing enough to win. If you play it that close all the time, you are going to lose some games you would have won if you had an explosive offense."
*--As for the Raiders, they really can only blame themselves for losing, piling up 13 penalties. Whether it is multiple False Start penalties by Chad Slaughter --
Jordan said he felt confident the Raiders were on their way to scoring and changing the outcome of the game before his fumble.
"I think we did a good job of beating ourselves (Sunday night)," he said. "Our defense held that team to 13 points. But when that fumble occurred, I felt like we had taken momentum, the crowd started to get quiet, we started to get a swagger to us.
"If we had come down and been able to get some points out of that, we would have given our offense a chance to win."
Fumbling away one of the few chances the Raiders have had to earn a win, Jordan expressed the pain his team was feeling.
"It's tough, man, it's tough," Jordan said. "And we've got a tough road ahead of us.
So that pretty much covers it. A good win over the hated Raiders have the Broncos sitting at 4-1, 4-0 in the AFC, 2-0 in the division. Later on I'll have my take on Mike Shanahan's Press Conference, and then it's on to the Browns!!!