11/12/2006 - Oakland, Calif. - As the saying goes, there's no there here. And there's darn little offense, too. Good thing. Another couple points and the Raiders would have upset the Broncos today. No really, we're not making this up. The Raiders, shut out twice this season on Monday night, had the Broncos down for most of the game and almost closed the deal. But in the end, the Broncos escaped with a 17-13 victory at McAfee Coliseum that kept them tied for the lead in the AFC West. With the win, the Broncos (7-2) swept the Raiders (2-7) for the eighth time in Mike Shanahan's 12 seasons as head coach. The win also sets up a classic confrontation between the Broncos and Chargers for Sunday, Nov. 19 at Invesco Field, with the winner staking claim to the lead in the West.
Broncos rally to beat Raiders 17-13 - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
November 12, 2006 - OAKLAND, Calif. — It seemed almost fitting that on an out-of-whack day, it was a guy running out of bounds that might have kept the Broncos from hating themselves in the morning. A rare penalty call — Raiders cornerback Chris Carr was flagged for running out of the bounds while trying to cover a punt — negated a Broncos fumble late in the third quarter Sunday and kept Oakland from finishing what would have been a crushing loss for Denver. The Broncos held on for a 17-13 victory against the Raiders at McAfee Coliseum, keeping them tied for the AFC West lead going into Sunday night's showdown against the San Diego Chargers at Invesco Field at Mile High.
Broncos Defeat Raiders, 17-13 - Denver Broncos.com - J. Michael Moore
Sunday, November 12, 2006 - Faced with a lengthy list of injuries, Head Coach Mike Shanahan was forced to make some roster moves and adjustments before Sunday's game against the Raiders. Wide receiver Todd Devoe was released before the game, making way for running back Damien Nash and defensive tackle Antwan Burton to be promoted from the practice squad to the active roster. But that wasn't the end of the tinkering in the Broncos 17-13 win at McAfee Coliseum. Out was George Foster at right tackle. In was Adam Meadows, who made his first start since December 2003. Out was Ebenezer Ekuban, who was nursing a thigh injury. In was John Engelberger at defensive end. Out, outside linebacker Ian Gold with a tweaked hamstring. In, an animated and excited Nate Webster. Tight end Tony Scheffler and running backs Mike Bell and Cedric Cobbs were placed on the inactive list for the game.
Broncos beat Raiders, 17-13 - Colorado Springs Gazette - Frank Schwab
November 12, 2006 - OAKLAND – The Denver Broncos didn't lead until the fourth quarter at Oakland, but escaped with a 17-13 win over the Oakland Raiders. Denver improved to 7-2 with an ugly win at McAfee Coliseum on Sunday. The Broncos offense struggled through most of the game, but the defense kept Denver in it and the offense made a few key plays down the stretch. Trailing 13-7, the Broncos drove to Oakland's 1-yard line early in the fourth quarter. On fourth and goal, Denver went for it and threw to fullback Kyle Johnson for a touchdown to take a 14-13 lead. Jason Elam added a late field goal for the final margin.
Payback is rich for Broncos in Steel City - Contra Costa Times - Steve Corkran
Sun, Nov. 12, 2006 - OAKLAND, Calif. - Maybe it came after one of the numerous times Raiders quarterback Andrew Walter was forced to throw away the ball when he discovered all his receivers covered. Perhaps it came after he got sacked and fumbled late in the game with the Raiders needing only a field goal to move ahead of the Denver Broncos. Or maybe it's just the culmination of a season's worth of frustration. Whatever the case, Walter felt emboldened after the Raiders' 17-13 loss Sunday to call for offensive coordinator Tom Walsh to take the wraps off the playbook and give his players a fighting chance after nine games of futility.
Broncos struggle but beat Raiders 17-13 - North County Times - Josh Dubow, AP
Sun, Nov. 12, 2006 - OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- The Denver Broncos went back to the formula they used to start the season: a stifling defense that made up for the mistakes of the offense. Jake Plummer overcame three interceptions to throw a go-ahead touchdown pass to Kyle Johnson early in the fourth quarter and the Broncos forced two fumbles down the stretch to seal a 17-13 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. After breaking through with 31-point performances the past two weeks, Denver (7-2) reverted to its early season form when the defense dominated and often won in spite of the offense. While that proved to be more than enough against the struggling Raiders (2-7), the Broncos know they'll need to be better when the competition gets tougher starting with next week's first-place showdown against San Diego.
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