Week 7: Raiders (20) vs. Broncos (13)

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    Week 7: Raiders (20) vs. Broncos (13)

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    Broncos HB Knowshon Moreno running hard before his injury in the third quarter against the Raiders.

    by Myles Gelding
    Blogger, Denver Post

    Coach Winuvas came into this Sunday's game with a chance to take sole possession of first place in the AFC West against their hated rivals, the Oakland Raiders. Instead of making a statement against the Raiders, the Broncos stuttered and stumbled, falling 20-13 in Denver.

    Both offenses had trouble getting going against tough defensive showings by both squads. The first scoring came early in the second quarter as Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 42 yard field goal through the uprights to give the Raiders a 3-0 lead.

    Kyle Orton, ineffective during the first three quarters, led the team down the field using Knowshon Moreno and the running game to get into field goal range for Matt Prater, who evened the score at 3 with a 37 yard field goal.

    An interception by Orton deep in his own territory got Coach Winuvas' ire up, and after another Janikowski field goal to make the score 6-3, Tim Tebow made his entry into the game for a quarter and a half.

    However, Tebow had little success against the stout Raiders defense, and another turnover led to a fourth down touchdown run by Raiders halfback Michael Bush to end the half at 13-3.

    With no scoring occuring in the third quarter as both defenses continued their stranglehold on the control of the game, Coach Winuvas went back to Orton for the fourth quarter. Orton responded to the benching, getting the team moving and hitting wide receiver Demaryius Thomas for a 9 yard touchdown pass.

    The Denver Broncos defense, gassed from playing too many downs, slipped up in coverage, and a wide open Chaz Schilens catch turned into a 69 yard touchdown romp to get the score at 20-10.

    Denver would drive late to get another field goal, but after getting the ball back with one time out and a minute left, the offense fluttered and stalled after going for it on fourth down near midfield.

    For the Broncos, Orton went 13 of 28 for 155 yards with a touchdown and an interception on the day. Tebow only threw three passes while he was out there; he went 1 of 3 for 8 yards.

    In the running game, Knowshon Moreno had 8 carries for 30 yards before a vicious hit in the third quarter ended his season with what team doctors are saying is a herniated disk. An MRI is scheduled for Tuesday, but Coach Winuvas has been informed that unless the Broncos make a serious playoff run, Moreno's season is over.

    "That really hurt me," Coach Winuvas said of Moreno's injury. "The guy has been working his butt off all season and was seeing some daylight today against a stout Raiders front four. Then he just got popped, and it looked bad from where I was. I just hope he can come back next year and help us if we don't get into the playoffs."

    For the Broncos receiving corps, Demaryius Thomas got 4 catches for 39 yards and a touchdown, while Terrell Owens had 3 catches for 42 yards. Rookie Eric Decker had 2 catches for 54 yards.

    For Oakland, Jason Campbell was solid, if not spectacular, going 16 of 29 for 245 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. The Raiders' rushers were stymied all game long by a stout run defense mustered by defensive tackle Jamal Williams and the guys up front. Bryan Westbrook had only 5 yards on 10 carries, while Michael Bush had 4 carries for only 19 yards. Darren McFadden had 12 yards on 7 carries.

    "Happy with our run defense this game," Coach Winuvas said after the game. "Can't fault our front seven this game with the loss. We didn't do right by them on offense."

    For Raiders receivers, the hero was Chaz Schilens, who had 3 catches for 97 yards and a touchdown. Darren McFadden had 3 catches for 50 yards.

    "Look, we didn't have a good game offensively, but that Raiders defense was stifling all game long. Sometimes you gotta tip your cap to the other guy. Coach Savaunte had his guys geared up to beat us and get back in the AFC West Race. He did what he had to do. We didn't. Now we gotta go back to the drawing board and get ready for a tough 49ers squad that is hungry to get a win as well," Coach Winuvas said in his post-game conference.

    After 7 weeks, Coach Winuvas sits at 3-4 and tied for the lead in the weak AFC West with the Chargers and Raiders. Can he right the ship against the 49ers and get to 4-4 going into the bye week? We will see.

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