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Another chapter in this historic rivalry was penned in orange on Sunday.

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Good morning Broncos Country!

Growing up a Broncos fan, I quickly learned that it wasn’t enough to just root for Denver, but that it was required to also pull for any team playing against the Raiders.

On Sunday, those teams were one and the same and the results were glorious. There’s nothing like emerging from a Raider-week as the victor. There’s a spring in your step. That morning cup of coffee tastes just that much better. The kids’ incessant whining doesn’t grate on your nerves as much. Okay, maybe there is no helping that last one, but I digress.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Sunday’s victory over the the Raiders the 51st time that wonderful feeling has been granted by the Broncos. Sure, in recent history, we always seem to give Oakland a run for their money. However, it’s important to remember that there once was a time when beating the Raiders was rare and before that there was a time when it literally never happened.

In the regular season, the Raiders own a 61-51-2 record over the Broncos. Sunday’s victory whittled that deficit down to just 10 games. There’s a great chance that at the conclusion of this season that that disparity could be down to single digits for the first time since the late 1960’s.

Man, how sweet would that be?!

Enjoy the bye week, Broncos fans. Sunday’s win over the Raiders was a big one.

HORSE TRACKS

Why it happened: Broncos 16, Raiders 10
The Broncos took an early lead and withstood a late Oakland charge, holding on for a 16-10 win that pushed them to 3-1 at the bye.

Defining Moments: Broncos 16, Raiders 10
These were the plays that led to the Broncos' win on Sunday over the Raiders.

Siemian Says: Red-zone efficiency, situational awareness key to converting opportunities
The Broncos won Sunday night against the Oakland Raiders, but Trevor Siemian knows the offense was close to a far more productive outing.

Broncos do the new math: 4 NFL games + 4 Pro Bowl running backs = less than zero
The slap was so hard it felt like slander, and the message stung: The Broncos are soft. They can’t stop the run.

Broncos' defense swarms Raiders in bounceback win
Denver held off a late comeback attempt and shutdown Oakland's run game.

Denver Broncos hold on for a 16-10 win over Oakland Raiders - The Washington Post
The Denver Broncos throttled running back Marshawn Lynch and put the hurt on quarterback Derek Carr .

Broncos defense stifles Derek Carr-less Raiders - NFL.com
The Denver Broncos' defense put on another stellar performance in a 16-10 win over division-rival Oakland. Conor Orr breaks down what what we learned.

Oakland Raiders facing an identity crisis after loss to Denver Broncos
Which team are the Raiders -- the fun-loving one that started 2-0 or the beat-up group that's lost two in a row after Sunday's setback to the Broncos?

Denver Broncos grind out win to get to 3-1 with plenty of aspirations - Denver Broncos Blog- ESPN
The Broncos now enter an early bye week, and an issue for another day will be ensuring they don't peter out. But Sunday was about a key division win.

Jack Del Rio says Derek Carr had back spasms – ProFootballTalk
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr exited Sunday's loss to the Broncos after taking a knee to the back. After the game, coach Jack Del Rio expressed optimism regarding his quarterback.

Derek Carr, Marcus Mariota injured on the exact same day for a second year in a row - CBSSports.com
The Raiders quarterback suffered a back injury and Oakland got desperate in a hurry

Protesting players can make society fairer | Local Columns | santafenewmexican.com
Many pro football players are taking a knee during the national anthem to call attention to unfairness, such as police brutality. One New Mexico sports legend says it reminds him

Seattle Seahawks get key plays from unlikely sources in comeback win
Justin Coleman had an interception return for a touchdown and J.D. McKissic recorded two TDs as Seattle outscored the Colts 36-3 after halftime.

Marcus Mariota injures hamstring in loss to Texans - NFL.com
After losing to a white-hot Texans team, the Titans now have to deal with the prospect of an injured quarterback. Marcus Mariota suffered a hamstring injury in the team's 57-14 loss Sunday.

Dalvin Cook diagnosed with nearly complete ACL tear - NFL.com
The Minnesota Vikings' initial diagnosis for rookie running back Dalvin Cook is a nearly complete ACL tear, per NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.

Now a .500 team, Jets may have found formula to drive them forward
The Jets' win over the Jaguars doesn't mean they're legit contenders, but they are better than we expected because they've carved out an identity.

Carson Palmer hits Larry Fitzgerald for Cardinals' winner in OT
It was a dull affair in Arizona, full of field goals, until the final minutes in overtime when the Cardinals finally rose above the lowly 49ers.

Detroit Lions find their next pass-rush sensation in DE Anthony Zettel
Defensive end Anthony Zettel was a smash in the Lions' win over the Vikings, recording three tackles, two sacks, four QB hits and a fumble recovery.

Eagles control NFC East at quarter pole thanks to road win over Chargers
The Eagles improved to 3-1 despite playing three of their first four games away from Lincoln Financial Field.

Bills stifle Matt Ryan and Falcons, ride defense to top of AFC East
In a brief period, the Bills have not only reversed the failures of Rex Ryan's tenure, but they have vaulted to or near the top of the NFL's charts.

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown flips cooler on sideline
After Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw an incomplete pass toward another player while wide receiver Antonio Brown was open, Brown flipped over a cooler on the team's sideline.

0-4 New York Giants find new way to lose as season slips away - New York Giants Blog- ESPN
After staging a comeback, the Giants remained winless as the Buccaneers nailed a field goal as time expired on Sunday.

QB Deshaun Watson ties NFL rookie record with 5 touchdowns as Houston Texans put up franchise-record 57 points
Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson threw four touchdown passes and ran for another, tying the NFL rookie TD record, in leading Houston to a franchise-record 57 points Sunday against Tennessee.

Todd Gurley has career day in living up to his promise – ProFootballTalk
Running back Todd Gurley vowed a week ago the Rams would "whoop up" on the Cowboys. When asked after the Rams' 35-30 victory if Los Angeles had lived up to his promise, Gurley laughed. "We didn't quite whoop up on them," Gurley told Jori Epstein of the Dallas Morning News. "But we got the win.

Bucs rally to beat Giants 25-23 at the gun – ProFootballTalk
Buccaneers kicker Nick Folk missed two field goals and an extra point during Sunday's game against the Giants, but he was able to end the day on a high note. Folk made a 34-yard field goal as time expired and the Buccaneers improved to 2-1 on the season with a 25-23 victory.

Adam Jones feels bad for Hue Jackson after thrashing Browns – ProFootballTalk
The Browns are in the business of accumulating assets for the future. But after getting their present assets beat by the Bengals, Cincinnati cornerback Adam Jones said he felt sorry for Cleveland coach Hue Jackson.

“Irritated” Ben McAdoo: We need to win a damn game – ProFootballTalk
After the Giants lost their second game of the season, Giants coach Ben McAdoo put forth an image of calm when he said that there have been a lot of good teams that started the year 0-2.

Jason Peters: Chargers are basically playing 16 road games – ProFootballTalk
The good news for the Chargers is that, unlike their L.A. neighbors, the home stadium doesn't have empty seats. The bad news is that plenty of those seats are occupied by fans of the visiting team.

Dolphins' Adam Gase shuts down the idea of benching Jay Cutler for Matt Moore - CBSSports.com
The Dolphins have scored seven total points in their past two games

LOOK: Falcons receivers pay tribute to Ric Flair with custom cleats during warmups - CBSSports.com
Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu honored the wrestler with some sweet pregame kicks

Hue Jackson on Browns' unrest: 'I know nothing about any of that stuff' - CBSSports.com
The Browns' latest loss has some people talking about their future past this season

After beating Pats, Panthers' Cam Newton fires shot at the media for doubting him - CBSSports.com
The Panthers quarterback doesn't want to do your interviews, thanks

Ravens' Joe Flacco puts up another extremely not-elite performance vs. Steelers - CBSSports.com
Ravens quarterback admitted his performance against Steelers on Sunday wasn't good