59-14. Who would have thought Oakland would have embarrassed Denver in this fashion post the 1970's?
The Raiders? The worst team over the past 5 years?
This team will come into Denver to open the season on Monday night. Oakland has a winning streak in Denver and should be favored heavily in this game. A lot of their fans will be out of jail and on parole at this point, so their fan base will be well represented.
Will Denver have the moxie to make a game out of this one?
Tim Tebow will compete with Kyle Orton for the starting spot.
Even if Orton is the more polished and ready for the spot, the Bronco front office should start Tebow. They have to see what they have got. Just by winning a game and leading the Broncos back from a 17 point deficit gives Bronco fans hope.
His scrambling ability and leadership is something that hasn't been witnessed in Denver since 1998. Even if there are some beat-downs and some learning to do on the job, Tebow will provide excitement.
A lot of people speculate that Denver could have done what Cleveland did in moving down for additional draft picks. I am one of them. However, if Von Miller turns out to be anything close to Derrick Thomas or any other linebacker great, he will definitely be worth the second overall pick.
Josh McDaniels imagined that Denver had the personnel to run a 3-4 defense. Obviously, this was not the case. Moving back to a 4-3 defense should show improvement in 2011.
Elvis Dumervil will return and with that half of Denver's pass rush capabilities. Heck, when you're the 32nd ranked defense in 2010, there is nowhere to go but up.
If you look at this offense, it's really not that bad. In fact, between the 20's, it's really good. Though they're efficient and explosive, it's the red zone where they fail. This should improve in 2011-12.
Ryan Clady has another year under his belt after his knee injury. The rookie offensive linemen have more experience working together as a unit.
Moreno proved that he can be a pretty explosive back when he has some run blocking. And Denver's receiving corps is among the best in the league. Perhaps later today Denver gets a tight end in the draft.
Assuming this unit stays relatively healthy, they should be more effective than last year.