Report Card vs. Raiders

The Denver Broncos have to figure out how to turn their impressive yardage total into more points

PASSING OFFENSE: B -- Jay Cutler threw a couple of interceptions, including one that was returned for a touchdown. That interception was tough to avoid because it was tipped at the line and Oakland linebacker Thomas Howard caught it on the run. The Broncos made a few plays passing the ball, including a pass to Brandon Marshall that made the game-winning field goal in overtime a chip shot.

RUSHING OFFENSE: A-minus -- Travis Henry gained 128 yards and Selvin Young had a 40-yard gain. Denver averaged 4.8 yards per carry. Fullback Cecil Sapp had a touchdown and fellow fullback Mike Bell gained a big first down on Denver's final drive. The only drawback was Denver didn't finish many drives in the second half, which knocks the running game's grade down slightly.

>b>PASS DEFENSE: A -- The secondary earned the highest grade even though Dre Bly was beat for a 46-yard touchdown by Oakland's Jerry Porter. Take that play off the board, and Josh McCown was seven of 15 for 27 yards. Champ Bailey and Bly each had an interception, with Bly's pick coming at the end of regulation. That made up for getting beat earlier in the game.

RUSH DEFENSE: D -- With no passing game, Oakland still stayed in the game. They were able to pound the ball on the ground, gaining 200 yards as a team with a 5.7-yard average. LaMont Jordan ran strong all day, and his 33-yard run in overtime put Oakland in position to attempt a field goal, which was no good. Denver has played very well on defense with a few lapses against the run.

SPECIAL TEAMS: B -- Todd Sauerbrun had a good day, averaging 49 net yards per punt with three touchbacks on kickoffs. Denver had trouble covering kicks in its first game, but Sauerbrun nullified that. On the other hand, Denver didn't make any plays returning the ball. All four kickoffs were touchbacks, and Domenik Hixon averaged only four yards per punt return. Jason Elam missed a field goal, but hit a game-tying field goal late in regulation and the winner in overtime.

COACHING: B -- The Broncos have to figure out how to turn their impressive yardage total into more points, but many of those mistakes that led to scoreless drives weren't on the coaches. Two straight weeks the Broncos have been in a tight game and made good decisions and play calls that led the team to a victory.


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