Total domination. Jay Cutler and Eddie Royal did everything and anything they wanted last night/this morning, and the Raiders' defense had no answer for any of it as the Broncos rolled, 41-14, to close out week one action.
Cutler completed 16-of-24 passes for 299 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while Royal, a rookie, hauled in nine passes for 146 yards. He also ran the ball twice for nine yards, returned three kicks for 30 yards, recovered his own fumble and even attempted a pass. It was his night, and nobody was stopping him.
The Oakland defense was terrible, missing tackles and watching, almost helplessly, as Broncos receivers ran through the field wide open and uncontested all night. As a team, the Raiders were guilty of five personal foul penalties, including two from the always composed DeAngelo Hall on the same defensive series in the first half.
The San Francisco Chronicle's David White offered up this in his somewhat depressing recap of the nights action:
The Raiders had five personal fouls, with Hall saying he "always gets the short end of the stick."If there's a positive in all of that mess for the Raiders, it's that the offense actually showed some signs of promise in the second half. Sure, the game was already out of hand, but JaMarcus Russell made some plays, and the running game was strong all night with Justin Fargas and Darren McFadden.
"The world thinks I'm a bad guy now," Hall said. "It's just a tough break."
Speaking of Hall, how about the best cornerback tandem in the NFL?
Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler threw at Nnamdi Asomugha twice. The rest of the time, Cutler picked on Hall. He completed nine passes for 146 yards to rookie Eddie Royal - with at least five of those coming on Hall's watch.
"We just didn't look good at all, and that starts with me," Hall said.
Russell did miss badly on a couple of throws in the first half, and he had to deal with a terrible drop from Ronald Curry on what would have been a huge play in the second quarter, but he finished 17-of-26 for 180 yards and a pair of scores in the fourth quarter. So, they've got that going for them.