Broncos fall short to Raiders in season opener

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DENVER -- Sebastian Janikowski tied an NFL record with a 63-yard field goal and the Oakland Raiders beat the Denver Broncos 23-20 Monday night in a chippy and clumsy game between the AFC West rivals.

The Raiders (1-0) won in Denver for the fourth straight season in coach Hue Jackson's NFL head coaching debut, and handed the Broncos (0-1) their first loss in a home opener since 2000.

John Fox lost his debut as Denver's coach, and he lost at least two playmakers in the process.

Pass-rusher Elvis Dumervil (shoulder) was relegated to situational duty for three quarters, and perennial Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey injured his left knee making a touchdown-saving tackle of Darren McFadden, who ran 22 times for 150 yards.

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  • by Jeremy Location: CSprings on Sep 15, 2011 at 08:02 PM
    Of all the teams we could've lost to in a season opener, this is the worst. Cause even if they get it together and pull off a miracle memorable season with a chance at the playoffs, this is a divisional loss and could come back to haunt them. Whoever said that the first game doesn't matter didn't miss the playoffs by ONE game.
  • by Berto Location: Colorado on Sep 13, 2011 at 09:54 AM
    The game wasn't nearly as close as the score implies. The only reason the Broncos were in the game was because of the excessive penalties committed by the Raiders. If the Silver and Black had played a clean game, Orton would have been benched by the third quarter for Quinn or Tebow. But true to form, the Raiders kept giving up yardage with stupid penalties. Maybe they felt sorry for the hapless ponies because of their absent offensive line, their pretend running game, and their ineffective QB. Thank you Raiders for keeping the game exciting until the end since the Broncos were incapable of making it interesting.
  • by Lee Location: Pueblo on Sep 13, 2011 at 06:22 AM
    Ha ha ha, poor widdle bwoncos,its gonna be a long year for you donkey fans. and by the way, Tebow probly wont help much.
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