Schon: Broncos - Raiders Game Notes

Broncos Update Columnist Schon takes his life in his hands and brings us all the maddness from Oakland as the Broncos take on the Oakland Raiders. Check back throughout the night for all the latest News and Notes.

So here it is – we're busting it out in Oaktown, trying to hang on to our wallets just long enough to get back safe to the 5280. A couple of notes on tonight's game – in sad news, Andre Hall was notified a few hours ago that his mother had passed away in a hospital in Florida. Broncos coaches have given him the option of not playing, but Hall turned down the offer and is expected to be in tonight's lineup.

Here's a quick list of tonight's inactives for Denver –

#37 S Calvin Lowry
#42 RB Ryan Torain
#52 LB Louis Green
#64 T Erik Pears
#66 C Tom Nalen
#77 G Dylan Gandy
#94 DE Jarvis Moss
#95 DT Josh Shaw

Game time is just around the corner – grab a cold one… grab a hot one – but at least grab something - there's nothing better than a beatdown in Oakland - Fire it up...

1st Half Notes
Jay C. and Company bust off with an excellent first half – Initial drive a 10 play, 76-yard strike, resulting in a 26-yard toss to rookie Eddie Royal for the score. By the way… Eddie Royal's gonna be a stud – sensational pick up. Shanahan's doing a great job of mixing in the ground game to compliment the pass. Looks like Cutler's gonna break it big in his third year. Denver is completely dominating this one -second big drive and Matt Prater splits it from 26, and Denver takes and easy 10-0 lead. Top it off two minutes later with a 57-yard, 7 play drive with Michael Pittman taking it in from three yards out to put Denver on top 17-0.

Of course, two fumbles and a boatload of penalties on the Raiders help out, but without question, Denver is clearly a better team than Oakland in the first game of 2008. Tony Scheffler's still kicking himself for dropping the rock on a sure touchdown midway through the second. Either way – Jay C. and Company pull it together for an excellent first half and hold a sweet 17-0 lead as Al Davis heads for the oxygen tent.

On a side note… there's nothing quite like the microwave madness of McAfree Coliseum's 2-day old halftime buffet… anyone care for a crunchy hot dog?

2nd Half Notes
Eddie Royal deserves a car dealership, Jay Cutler deserves a Jessica Simpson and the Denver Broncos will undoubtedly go undefeated in 2008. Ok, so maybe that's a bit extreme, but Cutler should at least be entitled to a Taste of Colorado. Check the stats - 200+ in the first half, close to 300 by the end of the third and two TD's through the air, one Prater 43-yarder and the Broncs take a 27-0 lead into the third.

Give credit to Oaktown – former Bronco Ashley Lelie pulls it down from 8-yards out and the Raiders knock it down to a 21-7 deficit with thirteen sum odd remaining in the game.

Add Selvin Young to the list of outstanding studs – dude pulls it off on a national stage and trots in from five yards out for a 34-7 lead. It's not that I'm loosing interest at this point, but I'm actually loosing interest at this point. Game, set, match, the fat lady is finished cooking...

If I was on drugs I'd start to worry - Pittman piles it in from a few and the Broncos rub it in their Black Hole faces 41-7. I'm afraid this could turn out to be Armageddon.

The least the Broncos could do is let Jamarcus Russell set it up for Robert Curry from four-yards out, that way I can escape with my credit in tact. Advise of the night – watch what you step in on the way to the locker room.

Post game quotes to follow… I actually love the Jay Cutler - Ringo Starr hairstyle comparissons, so Let it Be...

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