Cutler's Sweet Game Gives the Raiders a Royal Pain

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Cutler's Sweet Game Gives the Raiders a Royal Pain

When Jay Cutler hit the field in Oakland, Raider Nation had the stadium as loud and hostile as possible. Jay Cutler drove his team down the field in a 10 play, 76 yard drive highlighted by a 26 yard TD pass to rookie Eddie Royal. 

The Broncos only faced 2 third downs on the opening drive.  They converted a third and 9 and scored the TD on a third and 6.  Eddie Royal also had 2 carries on the drive.  The success of the drive really set the tone for the game. 

Cutler continued to look for Royal all night.  Royal had 9 catches for 146 yards including the opening drive TD.  He also added 3 returns for a total of 22 yards.  DeAngelo Hall had loose coverage on him all night and paid the price.  Besides the torching that Royal gave him, Hall also had 2 unnecessary roughness penalties in a span of 3 plays. 

Cutler ended up 16 for 24 for 299 yards and 2 TDs.  Most importantly, he ended up with no interceptions. He threw 4 interceptions last season against Oakland. 

Overall, Denver completely outplayed the Raiders.  Playing a composed game, the Broncos comitted zero live ball penalties.  One intentional delay of game and 2 illegal formations were all their flags.  On the other hand, Oakland had 5 personal foul penalties and 10 in all totalling 96 yards.     




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