Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers. That and the Broncos inability to stop the run resulted in yet another loss. Jay Cutler threw 0 touchdowns and 2 interceptions that led to 10 Raiders points.
The Broncos looked like school children on defense as Justin Fargas had a career day (146 yards, 1 TD) and Josh McCown threw 3 touchdowns. Both Oakland and Denver have spent some time as this year’s 32nd ranked run defense, but the Broncos looked like it yesterday. Neither Travis Henry or Selvin Young got things going with Henry fumbling twice to offset his two TD runs.
Even 2007’s #1 draft pick, Jamarcus Russell, finally saw some action in two series (4-7, 56 yards). It may have been McCown who won the game for them, but Russell is the talk of Oakland this morning because he didn’t throw passes away, and he even completed one on Champ Bailey.
When asked about Russell, John Lynch responded with “he’s the biggest quarterback I’ve ever seen” (Denver Post). Russell is 6-feet-6, 255 pounds. That’s even bigger than most tight ends in this league.
So, should this Broncos season be buried in Oakland’s black hole? It would be too easy to lay them to rest, but because the AFC West is about as good as Shaq’s freethrow touch, never say never when it comes to the Broncos making the playoffs. They need Travis Henry in the lineup and a confident Jay Cutler to get four straight wins and keep their playoff hopes alive.