Denver 22, Oakland 3

S @ BI Online
Posted Dec 24, 2005


BY THE NUMBERS 0: Raider wins against AFC West teams this season, the first time an Al Davis team has failed to win at least one division game 0: Number of coaches the Raiders have retained after consecutive losing seasons, setting an unstable stage for Norv Turner in the offseason

0: Touchdowns scored over the last six quarters by Oakland's offense, which continues to be one of the most underachieving units in the NFL

0: Rushing first downs by Oakland in the second half until Justin Fargas' 11-yard run late in the fourth quarter

WHAT WENT RIGHT

* Oakland's defense made a solid goal line stand early in the first quarter, holding the Broncos on three straight plays from inside the 5 and forcing Denver to settle for a field goal

* Stuart Schweigert recorded his second interception of the season and only the fourth by a Raiders defensive back, thwarting a Broncos scoring bid in the second quarter

* Defensive end Derrick Burgess recorded his 15th sack of the season, leaving him just 1/2 shy of the Raiders franchise record held by Sean Jones

* Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 43-yard field goal in the fourth quarter, keeping the Raiders from being shut out for the first time since they were blanked by Kansas City in 1997

WHAT WENT WRONG

* Not only did Broncos QB Jake Plummer have plenty of protection but Denver's wide receivers found huge gaps in Oakland's defense and were rarely challenged, making big play after big play all afternoon

* QB Kerry Collins had a rough day and didn't get much help from his receivers who dropped several balls or his offensive line, which couldn't handle Denver's pass rush. Collins also hurt himself with a bad throw that was intercepted in the end zone just before halftime

* Whatever hopes Oakland had of getting back in the game after halftime were shot down when kick returner Chris Carr fumbled away the opening kickoff of the third quarter. The Broncos recovered deep in Raider territory and eventually scored on a field goal

* Oakland came out pounding the ball to Zack Crockett with some success but was forced to abandon the running game altogether after falling behind by three scores early in the second half



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