It's pretty simple, folks. You give up 241 yards rushing, you lose to anyone. Give up 241 to the 2009 Raiders, you don't deserve to be in the playoffs are not a very good team. You lose to the 2009 Raiders at home in something close to a must-win situation, you don't deserve to be in the playoffs are not a very good team. The offensive and defensive lines were terrible - and as we all know, the game is won and lost in the trenches. For what it's worth, I thought the decision to kick that last field goal instead of going for the kill was a terrible one. Yes, the defense should have been able to prevent a touchdown; but you've got a chance to end the game.
The Broncos last made the playoffs in 2005, a season in which they went 8-0 at home. Since then, they have lost home games to teams like the 49ers in 2006 (to miss the playoffs), the 5-11 Jags and Raiders and the 7-9 Bills last year, and yesterday to the 5-9 Raiders. If you can't beat teams like that at home, you don't deserve to be in the playoffs are not a very good team, and that is precisely why the Broncos have failed to make the postseason for the past three seasons. I realize that every other playoff-bubble team has some ugly losses on their ledgers, but that really doesn't make yesterday any less hideous for Denver.
DPP - Denver walking a fine line in playoff picture
"Royal left with a neck injury he suffered on a third-quarter catch. Cornerback Champ Bailey briefly left the game with what appeared to be a stinger late in the third quarter."
DPP - Broncos leave too many points on doorstep - Mike Klis
"It's been hurting us all year," Broncos receiver Brandon Marshall said. "Our offense, we've just been mediocre, if that."
CSG - Broncos don't deserve to reach playoffs - David Ramsey
"On the final drive, Russell faced a second-and-23 and a fourth-and-10, and the Broncos allowed him to escape."
SI - The latest Bronco demise and more Snap Judgments - Don Banks
"Never mind what the Dallas Cowboys have done in the season's final month in recent years. The Broncos can match them loss for excruciating loss in December."