Opening Night Notes
The Broncos and Raiders have been the most occurring matchup in the history of Monday Night Football playing 15 times. The Broncos lead the series 8-6-1.
Denver has won their last 11 home openers which is the leagues longest active streak and second longest in league history. All time the Broncos are 32-18-1.
The Broncos starters outscored the opponents starters 34-9 in the preseason.
The Broncos are possibly starting three rookies for the first time since 1973.
Brian Dawkins is entering his 16th season and is the third safety ever to play that many seasons.
The Broncos are 5-0 all time against the Raiders in the season opener.
In home openers the Broncos are 23-3 and 7-3 in the last 10.
The last time these two teams met in the season opener was a Monday Night game where the Broncos won 41-14. Eddie Royal in his first career game caught 9 passes for 146 yards and a touchdown.
The Broncos record for passing yards in opening day was 376 by Frank Tripucka against San Diego in 1962.
On opening day the Broncos record for rushing yards is 156 by Quentin Griffin in 2004 against Kansas City.
The Broncos opening day receiving yards record is 180 by Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe with 180 against Buffalo in 1995.
Broncos vs Raiders Facts
The Broncos have played the Raiders 101 times. The Raiders own the all-time regular season record against Denver at 58-41-1.
Last season the Raiders beat the Broncos in both games by scores of 39-23 and 59-14.
The Broncos have lost the last 3 contests against the Raiders
The largest Denver victory against the Raiders was 44-7 in 1962.
The largest Raider victory against the Broncos was 51-0 in 1967.
The last time the Broncos were shut out on the road was in 1992 against the Raiders, 24-0.
The best rushing performance against the Raiders was September 17th, 2000. Mike Anderson carried the ball 32 times for 187 yards.
The Broncos best receiving game against the raiders was Haven Moses. He had 5 catches for 168 yards and 2 touchdowns on January 1st, 1978.
The best passing game against the Raiders was by John Elway on January 2nd, 1994 completing 25 of 36 passes for 361 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Individual Player Facts
Oakland guard Cooper Carlisle played 95 games for the Broncos in 7 seasons from 2000-2006. The other former Bronco on the Raiders is former first round pick Jarvis Moss.
John Fox was the defensive coordinator for the Raiders for 1994-1995.
Denvers, Tim Tebow, Derrick Harvey and Marcus Thomas and Oaklands Jarvis Moss and Louis Murphy all won a national title together in college in 2006.
Champ Bailey and Richard Seymour were teammates for two seasons at Georgia.
Champ Bailey has four career interceptions against Oakland and is 8-5 against them.
Elvis Dumervil has 6 sacks against Oakland in his career.
Brandon Lloyd has 1 career touchdown reception against Oakland and 5 catches for 125 yards.
Kyle Orton is 1-2 against the Raiders in his career with a QB rating of 86.0 and throwing 4 TDs and 1 INT.
Ryan Clady is one of only 22 offensive linemen in NFL history to start all 16 games during each of first three years
Broncos CB Champ Bailey has 5 career INTs in openers, tying for most among active players w/Polamalu (T-18th
in NFL history)
The Broncos have played in Monday Night Football at least once for 20 straight seasons. That is second all time to Oakland from 1970 to 1997.
The Broncos are 27-34-1 on Monday Night Football. They lost lass season 35-14 against San Diego. The Broncos are 20-10-1 at home and 7-24 on the road.
Since 96, the Broncos have the best record for the opening month of the season. In the last 15 years the Broncos are 39-16.
For the eighth straight season the Broncos have an undrafted college free agent rookie on their active roster. Chris Harris the cornerback out of Kansas. Harris played in all four preseason games with eight tackles and six special teams stops.
Kyle Orton is 2-3 as a starter on Monday Night, 7-6 in September.