Date: Sunday, September 16, 2007
Time: 4:00 p.m. ET
Teams: Oakland Raiders (0-1) at Denver Broncos (1-0)
Location: Invesco Field @ Mile High -- Denver, CO
Weather Forcast: 84 degrees, Isolated T-Storms, 30% chance of rain
Enough about "Spy-Gate", the Broncos have an ultra-important game to play on Sunday and teh MHR is all over it all day. We'll start with a brief look at the last five meetings between the Broncos and the Raiders, which have the Broncos winning the last 4. The Raiders have been awful against the Broncos, perhaps even worse against the rest of the AFC West, losing the last 14 games within the division.
The Broncos, on th other hand, come into their home-opener as one of the most dominant teams in that scenario. Since 1960, the Broncos are 34-12-1 in their first home game. Since 1975 that recored is 27-5, and since 1984 it is an amazing 20-3. The Broncos have won 7 straight home openers, last losing to the Miami Dolphins in 1999.
Here's a look at the last 5 meetings between the Broncos and Raiders --
DENVER 17, at OAKLAND 13 (Nov. 12, 2006)
Denver posts its fourth consecutive road win with its victory in Oakland, marking the club's longest such streak since it won six away games in a row in 1998... Broncos QB Plummer authors
his 31st career game-winning or game-tying drive in the fourth quarter and 23rd "pure" comeback against the Raiders (Denver trailed 13-7 in the fourth quarter)... Broncos FB Kyle Johnson's
1-yard touchdown grab early in the fourth quarter proves to be the game-winning score... TE Stephen Alexander totals the most catches (6) by a Denver tight end in a game since the 2005 season opener (Jeb Putzier, 7 rec.)... Denver limits the
Raiders to a 1.8-yard rushing average (26 att. for 46 yds.).
at DENVER 13, OAKLAND 3 (Oct. 15, 2006)
The Broncos extend their regular-season home winning streak to 13 games with their win against Oakland... Broncos K Jason Elam moves into 10th all-time in NFL history in career points scored
(1,589) with seven (2 FG, 1 PAT) against the Raiders, passing Al Del Greco... Denver limits the Raiders to 20 plays in plus territory (past
50-yard line) for a net gain of 31 yards... Denver allows only one third-down conversion in the second half for the fifth consecutive
game... Broncos DE Elvis Dumervil (2 sacks) posts the first multiple sack game by a Broncos rookie since Monsanto Pope had two against the Raiders on Dec. 22, 2002.
at DENVER 22, OAKLAND 3 (Dec. 24, 2005)
The Broncos clinch their 10th AFC West title and first since 1998 with a victory against the Raiders on Christmas Eve... Denver also clinches the No. 2 seed in the AFC playoffs and a perfect home record for the fifth time with its win over Oakland... Denver RB Mike Anderson (46 yds., 1 TD) eclipses the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the second time in his career... Denver converts 50 percent or better of its third-down attempts for the second consecutive game (8-for-15 / 53%)... The Broncos outgain the Raiders 414 to 248 and hold the ball for 38:32... Oakland scores its only
points on a field goal early in the fourth quarter.
DENVER 31, at OAKLAND 17 (Nov. 13, 2005)
The Broncos improve to 13-4 (.765) all-time after the bye week with a win at Oakland, tying for the best such record in the NFL...Denver takes a 23-0 lead into the fourth quarter... WR Rod Smith
becomes Denver's all-time leader in career touchdowns with his 66th career score coming on a 27-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter... Broncos K Jason Elam reaches 1,500 career
points faster than any player in NFL history, doing so in his 197th career game... CB Darrent Williams records the longest interception
return by a rookie in Broncos history with a 80-yard return in the fourth quarter off an errant Kerry Collins pass.
OAKLAND 25, at DENVER 24 (Nov. 28, 2004)
In blizzard-like conditions at INVESCO Field at Mile High, the Raiders rally from an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit to defeat the Broncos on ESPN's Sunday Night Football... Oakland QB Kerry
Collins connects with WR Jerry Porter on fourth-and-goal from the 5-yard line for the game-winning score with 1:49 remaining in the contest... Denver WR Rod Smith hauls in an 85-yard touchdown
grab from QB Jake Plummer in the second quarter, marking career longs for both players.