Broncos v. Raiders Report Card

The Denver Broncos were able to get some yards on the ground, but they didn't gash the Raiders. Tatum Bell got plenty of carries because Mike Anderson left the game with an ankle injury, and he had 71 yards. Read how the Broncos graded out in the game.

REPORT CARD VS. RAIDERS

PASSING OFFENSE: B-plus -- Jake Plummer was sharp in the first half. He found receivers running wide open on crossing routes and hit them in stride. Ashley Lelie had a very good game with 110 yards, and that's a good sign for the Broncos. Denver didn't need to pass too much in the second half because it had such a big lead, so the final numbers weren't that impressive after a very good first half.

RUSHING OFFENSE: B-minus -- The Broncos were able to get some yards on the ground, but they didn't gash the Raiders. Tatum Bell got plenty of carries because Mike Anderson left the game with an ankle injury, and he had 71 yards. Anderson should be healthy for the Broncos' first playoff game.

PASSING DEFENSE: A -- Kerry Collins attempted 41 passes and had 178 yards. The Raiders were unable to get behind the Broncos the entire game. Randy Moss had a 24-yard catch, and that was the longest by a Raiders receiver. No other receiver had a gain longer than 14 yards. Denver also forced Collins into a big interception late in the first half.

RUSHING DEFENSE: B -- Zack Crockett, filling in for injured LaMont Jordan, started the game by running hard and picked up some yards on Oakland's first drive. But the running game was an afterthought after Denver took a 10-0 lead in the first quarter. The Broncos gave up 5.1 yards per carry, but Oakland's running game was never a factor.

SPECIAL TEAMS: C-minus -- Jason Elam hit three of four field-goal attempts, and the Broncos didn't have a great day covering kicks. The Broncos' special teams have been inconsistent for a few weeks. They miss Darrent Williams' explosiveness on returns, but they hope to get him back by the playoffs.

COACHING: A -- The Broncos found holes in Oakland's defense. They figured out that Oakland was vulnerable to crossing routes in the passing game and took advantage of that in the first half. The coaching staff has kept the team focused and playing well all season, which is why the Broncos have clinched the second seed in the AFC playoffs.



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