Great teams are simply that: great. Last season, Raiders fans enjoyed the greatest game of the 2010 NFL season in Denver, Colorado, watching the Silver and Black play at a level that literally shook Invesco Field at Mile High to the ground. The date was October 24, 2010 and will be remembered for generations!
The Oakland Raiders proved that when all cylinders are clicking, they are unstoppable on both sides of the ball. The Raiders dominated Denver and almost every player partook in a role in one of the biggest wins for the team. In fact, the game in Denver was historic for both leagues. It was by far the greatest NFL game to watch in 2010.
Breaking down the Oakland Raider roster, it becomes crystal clear: The Raiders had a balanced offense and defense. They not only complemented each other, but they shattered the souls of men. The souls of the Denver Broncos merely watched and played in anguish as the Silver and Black robbed them of their pride.
Richard Seymour, Tommy Kelly, Trevor Scott, Matt Shaughnessy, Standford Routt, Nnamdi Asomugha, Rolando McClain, Mike Mitchell and Kimerion Wimbley were a perfect team. The Oakland defensive players worked like a fine-tuned machine as they pressured Broncos QB Kyle Orton (who looked fearful the whole game).
Kyle Orton was sacked four times for 33 lost yards by Richard Seymour, Kamerion Wimbley, Rolando McClain and Trevor Scott. It appeared that the Oakland Raiders could make no mistakes. The Silver and Black rolled into town and simply took over the Bronco gridiron. The defense was basically unstoppable, and offensive coach Hue Jackson took advantage of the Denver Broncos lineup.
Defensively, CB Chris Johnson returned a 30-yard interception for the second Oakland TD; tight end Zach Miller was wide open to catch the first.
A huge weapon, however, was the running attack and juke of running back Darren McFadden. McFadden went down in Raider history as the RB that scored four touchdowns, ran for 165 yards and the morale-breaker in Denver as the Oakland Raiders scored 59 points in an AFC West rivalry game.
For the millions that watched the game and the thousands that attended, it was amazing to see McFadden run. McFadden definitely has vision. There's no reason to doubt that the next meeting of these two teams will be brutal, but the Raiders have the superior defense.
By halftime, the Oakland Raiders had broken the team record for most points with 38! In just the first quarter alone, the "Silver and Black Attack" had scored 24 points—both franchise records. This game showed the team that they had what it takes to become the best.
This game was simply perfect and the most memorable for the Raider Nation in 2010.
It's rare to see a game that will go down in the history books. QB Jason Campbell was playing for an injured Bruce Gradkowski, but after this game, he more than proved himself to be a captain for the Raiders. Jason Campbell threw for 204 yards and scored two touchdowns. He scrambled a bit and ran when he needed. He played remarkable football.
All the Oakland running backs scored TDs. Darren McFadden had three of course, then RBs Michael Bush and Marcel Reece had a TD apiece. The Raiders had a combined rushing attack for 328 yards, while the Broncos could not reach 100 and had a mere 75 yards.
As mentioned before, it was simple perfection. The Oakland Raiders have been a great team since the 1960s and although they slumbered after 2002, they have put together a dream team of rookies and veterans.
The game in Denver was only the start for the new Raiders. Standout Jacoby Ford has the speed to decimate corners, and McFadden is on his way to another historic game and season.
Last year's meeting between Oakland and Denver was a historic game, and it set the bar once again. The Oakland Raiders are back, my friends.
Payback comes at a demoralizing price, as the AFC West learned last season, and the future looks to be similar for all opponents in 2011.
Go Oakland Raiders, and keep pounding at everyone until they bend, break and collapse like Denver did in front of its shocked fans. Life is great, and payback just gives ya this great feeling inside!
Raiders for life!