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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