Broncos seeking rally cry in opener versus Raiders

September 7, 2011, 8:09 pm
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Paul Gutierrez
CSNCalifornia.comTo say the Denver Broncos were embarrassed the last time they played host to the Raiders would be a Mile High understatement. The Raiders dropped a franchise-record 59 points on them on Oct. 24, 2010.And while the Broncos have turned the page -- they hired a new coach in the defensive-minded John Fox -- they're inclined to watch video of the 59-14 shellacking, a game in which the Raiders led 21-0 before Denver had taken its second offensive snap, in anticipation of Monday night's season opener.REWIND: Raiders rip Broncos 59-14
"We certainly watch it," quarterback Kyle Orton told Bay Area reporters Wednesday in a conference call. "We know what happened. We're not sitting here crying over spilled milk. What happened, happened. You can always learn something and, certainly, we're excited to get them back here at Mile High and see what they've got."Asked if that game represented a point of no return for the Broncos and then-coach Josh McDaniels, Orton all-but scoffed."It was a long year last year," he said, "and that was just one of them."Indeed, the Broncos bottomed out at 4-12, their worst-ever record in a 16-game season.Somewhat surprisingly, Denver icon John Elway brought in Fox over some other whiz kid offensive mind."I competed against John as a coach," said Fox, who had spent the previous nine seasons in Carolina. "John went to five Super Bowls and lost three and won two. The two they won, they were able to establish a running game with Terrell Davis being a big part of that offense."And again, you have to play defense. I don't think one or the other is more important or less important. The combination of all of that is critical to win."Last year against the Raiders, the Broncos had neither.Consider: Oakland compiled 1,010 yards of total offense in the two meetings and limited Denver to 475 yards of offense in the cumulative 98-37 sweep of the Broncos.It was the most points scored in an NFL division home-and-home single-season series since the 1970 merger.In that record-setting first meeting, running back Darren McFadden ran for a career-high 165 yards and tied a franchise record with four touchdowns, including three on the ground. Plus, kicker Sebastian Janikowski had eight touchbacks."I don't think we ever got over 240 yards of offense and I don't think we held them to less than 500 in either one of the two games but you definitely look at those (games) just to see the match-ups," Fox said, "and that's part of the preparation."Could it also work as a rallying cry, then?"Obviously, not being here myself, and a large part of the staff not being here, I think the people that were out there for that, it would fair that that would be a rallying point," Fox said with a chuckle.The Raiders, no doubt, hope the laugh continues to be on the Broncos.

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