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.