Inexcusable. Embarrassing. Disgusting. Worthless. Heartless. Hopeless. Gutless. Pathetic. Other than that, no problem.
FIFTY-NINE POINTS?!?!?!? TO THE RAIDERS!!! THE BLEEPING OAKLAND RAIDERS!!!! THE TEAM RUN BY AN UNDEAD CRAZY PERSON? A TEAM THAT HASN'T WON MORE THAN FIVE GAMES IN A SEASON SINCE 2002!?!?!?!?
I'm not going to put a whole lot of effort breaking down that miserable excuse of a football game that took place at Invesco Field today. There is nothing worth reliving here. The Broncos didn't try, so why should I? Here is the readers digest version of what I regularly do in the recap:
Positives: None. Not a one. Seriously, nothing positive worth mentioning. Move along...
Negatives: Did you see the game? Did you see the final score? The entire afternoon was a negative. The Broncos were outscored by 45 points at home by a team that is terrible and has been terrible since we were only in the second year of the George W. Bush presidency. It is fine to lose a game, but to get throttled like you're a High School JV team is unacceptable.
In fact, let's look at how ridiculous this game was from a statistical viewpoint, with no commentary needed.
Time of Possession:
Raiders - 38:39
Broncos - 21:21
Raiders - 59
Broncos - 14
This was more embarrassing than losing 55-10 to the 49ers in Super Bowl 24. At least that was a good team. This was a 2-4 team playing with little confidence. I've been defending Josh McDaniels, but this is unacceptable. Pat Bowlen should blow this whole thing up. Fire McDaniels, Fire his whole coaching staff, do it tonight. Immediately.
That team gave up and showed zero pride and zero heart. The Broncos are the laughingstock of the league tonight, and with good reason. McDaniels is 4-13 in his last 17 games, and it's harder to mail in a game any harder than the Broncos did today. They gave up 59 points in 3 quarters of play, and it could have been 75 points if Tom Cable didn't take his foot of the accelerator in the 4th quarter. If you were a betting man and somehow were able to get the Broncos plus 44 points, you STILL would have lost.
This is hard to stomach. At one point early in the fourth quarter in order to try and keep an audience that had no reason to keep watching this hot garbage, one of the announcers on CBS tried to promote the rest of the game by saying, "Will the Raiders crack 60? Stay tuned to find out!"
In the fifty years of the Raiders, this is the most points they have ever scored in a single game. There is no silver lining in this game. This cannot happen again. If McDaniels still has a job tonight, he has to figure out a way to beat the 49ers next week in London. I'm sure the NFL has to be pleased with their decision of which game to send overseas next week. A 1-6 team versus a 2-5 team that just lost by 45. Egads.
This season is quickly being flushed down the toilet, and the great vibes that came from a very competitive game against the Jets last week are long gone. This Broncos team appears to be very broken, and my faith in the man that has been tasked with fixing it is very low. I wasn't expecting a ton from the Broncos this year, but I kind of hoped we could keep a home game against the Raiders within 40 at the very least.
Oh well, I may be a disgusted Bronco fan, but I'm still a Bronco fan. This too shall pass, and hopefully SOMEDAY they'll be a good team again. It's just that doesn't seem likely at this point. I remain faithful to my franchise, even if today was one of it's lowest moments. Go Broncos. (Maybe next week we'll actually show up.)