Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos: Week 1 Is No Ordinary Opener

Sean BacaContributor ISeptember 2, 2011

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 19:  Syd'Quan Thompson #22 of the Denver Broncos is tackled by Hiram Eugene #31 of the Oakland Raiders at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December 19, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Thank you NFL. Thank you NFL for giving us the Denver Broncos vs. the Oakland Raiders on Monday Night Football—it's going to be intense. On the field and in the stands. As a former season ticket holder in the South Stand (at the original Mile High), I can tell you first-hand that the security is tripled, the trash talk is quadrupled and the hatred is off the charts. 

Last year, the Raiders came into our backyard and threw an epic party. The likes of which we have never seen before.  I'm not going to run the usual lines like "not in our house," or "who's gonna run this town tonight."  What I will say, however, is that the 2011 season opener is what I love most about football.  Passion, rivalry and one iron clad truth.  That beat me once and bet the bank you're going to see me again.  Regardless of what happened last play, last game or last season,  we're going to suit up, knuckle up and run it back again.  That's why this is no run of the mill season opener. 

A season ago, the Raiders smashed us at home 59-14. Hats off Raider nation.  I truly believe that you helped us just as much as you embarrassed us though.  Now, in part because of what happened, the Broncos have a defensive minded head coach. Welcome coach Fox.  We had a defensive minded draft in the early rounds. Welcome Von, welcome Rahim.  And dare I say, a new reality. 

No Broncomaniac can stomach a loss to the Raiders, but if a loss changes the landscape of a franchise for the better, by changing the mindset, I'll take it every time.  It's never about the talk though. It's in the walk. Paper creases easily so if you're better on paper, you're a good bet to fold.  It's about a hand in the dirt, fire in the belly and not just protecting this house. It's about protecting this family. The Denver Broncos family.  I want to see extra security (to keep everyone safe!) I want to see extra trash talk. But most of all,  I want to see crazed passion.  Smash mouth or wide open, I wanna see the silver and black, back in Denver.

This is football and this is why it's the greatest game ever born.  It never truly ends. It's rivalry and this is one of the best rivalries in the NFL.  Monday Night football on September 12 in Mile High: Denver vs. Oakland. Let's run it back.