Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire
The Oakland Raiders came into the week with a new sense of hope, but will head into the bye week with a new sense of fear.
The Oakland Raiders looked inept on offense once again this week. After picking up a dramatic win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Oakland, the Raiders traveled to Denver where they were humiliated by the Denver Broncos, 37-6. Much like the loss to the Miami Dolphins in week two, the Raiders looked absolutely helpless in Denver this week and did not give much reason to be positive as the Raiders head into their bye-week.
Peyton Manning must have heard the talk about how he could no longer throw the ball post neck surgery. Manning tore up a depleted Raiders secondary and finished the game with 338 yards and three touchdowns. On the ground, Wilis McGahee registered 112 yards and one touchdown and the Broncos as a team put up 165 yards. But where the Broncos really shined was on defense, holding the Raiders to 6 points and making them look terrible in the process.
The entire Raiders offense put up 100 fewer yards than Peyton Manning did by himself. The run game looked horrendous as Darren McFadden only averaged 2.6 yards per carry with a long run of a measly 8 yards. Meanwhile, the pass game continued to look boring and barely above average, which is shocking considering the explosive potential the Raiders have at the pass catching positions.
For many of the recent years where the Raiders struggled to find success, often times the only solace that can be found was in special teams. With two of the best in Shane Lechler and Sebastian Janikowski, at least the Raiders could count on special teams being a bonus. That, however, has not been the theme of the 2012 campaign. On Sunday, the Raiders could not escape failure in any part of the game. After going ten years without getting a punt blocked, Lechler has had two blocked this season after having one blocked against the Broncos.
All in all, this game was a wake up call to any of the Raiders fans who found hope in their week three win over the Steelers. The Raiders are clearly a team in rebuilding mode and cannot expect much success in the form of wins this year.