The offensive game-plan may have well been crafted on the back of a napkin. The Broncos started slow, as they always do, and then decided to slip it into neutral, hoping that the defense would bail them out yet again. What was so frustrating about the loss was that despite all indications that things were going south, the staff held steadfast with an game-plan long after it was proven ineffective.
In the first quarter, the Broncos had 4 yards passing. 12 feet. 144 inches. Let that sink in. In Trevor Siemian's first quarter of driving the offense, wasn't enough to get down your own driveway.
The Raiders had the ball for over 41:00 of play. When it's that lopsided the defense that has been the bread and butter for success can't do it's job. It's disgusting that the Broncos would ask so much of the defense and then require so little from the offense.
There's plenty of blame to go around for this. Rick Dennison? Gary Kubiak? Trevor Siemian? Booker? The offensive line? It doesn't really matter. At no point did it look like any of them had any indication that they had what it took to win. The final score proves that fact.
There's plenty to be angry about, but being angry doesn't change the fact that the Broncos embarrassed themselves again against a division opponent on national television. As playoff hopes begin slip from the grasp of the defending Super Bowl Champions, this was a game Broncos fans can look back on as the one the Denver Broncos didn't just take a step back, but rather blacked out and hit our head on the table as we collapsed to the floor.
Who wouldn't want to relive that debacle with some recaps?
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Trevor Siemian is searching for answers... Dude needs to be searching for more yards. 4 in the first quarter is despicable. Siemian Says: Searching for answers to early-game woes | Denver Broncos
Kapri Bibbs had a good garbage-time touchdown. Broncos vs. Raiders highlights, score: Bibbs dances through defense for 69-yard TD - CBSSports.com
The Chiefs won. This was probably the funniest thing to come out of that game. Chiefs' Travis Kelce gets into flag battle with official and gets ejected for it - CBSSports.com
...and rounding out the entirety of the AFC West that didn't lose Sunday (which was everyone but the Broncos), the Chargers beat the Titans. Melvin Gordon, playmaking defense carry Chargers to win over Titans | ESPN
At least the Broncos aren't the Browns, right? Wait, I'm guessing they threw the ball farther than 12 feet in the first quarter... Chris Kirskey: Browns won’t go 0-16 | ProFootballTalk
The Carolina Panthers are quietly putting together a little win-streak. Panthers hold off Rams in defensive stare down - NFL.com
Rams fans are getting antsy for the quarterback. Rams fans chant for Jared Goff (and Tim Tebow) as the Case Keenum era continues - CBSSports.com
The Steelers are having struggles of their own. Ravens' defense dominates Ben Roethlisberger - NFL.com
After a hot start, the Vikings are looking very average. Vikings botch clock management, allowing Lions to mount improbable comeback win - CBSSports.com
Former Bronco Ronnie Hillman is making some noise up that way, though. Ronnie Hillman shows Vikings he can be an offensive weapon - 1500 ESPN Twin Citiesr