4:05 PM ET, December 2, 2007
McCown threw a 15-yard TD pass to Tim Dwight on the opening drive, for Oakland's first TD on the opening drive in 36 games. ... The drive was extended by a running-into-the-punter penalty on Cecil Sapp. ... The four turnovers were the most for the Broncos against the Raiders since also having four on Sept. 9, 1990.
The Broncos came out with a lackluster effort. There were too many dropped passes and too many turnovers, and they too often gave the somewhat-resurgent Raiders a short field. Raiders rookie QB JaMarcus Russell made a short appearance and threw a few passes, but most of them were of the heavily protected type, like bootlegs and screens with few reads. He did show that he has a cannon for an arm, but that's about all we can say until we see him in some more games. While the debut of the No. 1 overall draft pick was big news, the stories of the game were starting QB Josh McCown’s efficiency and RB Justin Fargas' effective use of the power off-tackle ground attack. The size of Oakland’s offensive line eventually wore down the Broncos' somewhat-undersized defensive front seven. Denver did mount a comeback with an effective air assault in the second half, but the Raiders again used the Fargas-led ground attack to move the chains and control the clock late in the game for their second consecutive divisional victory.
-- Ken Moll, Scouts Inc.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||4.7||5.4|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||08:07||Tim Dwight 15 Yd Pass From Josh Mccown (Sebastian Janikowski Kick)||0||7|
|TD||00:46||Travis Henry 4 Yd Run (Jason Elam Kick)||7||7|
|TD||00:50||Zach Miller 13 Yd Pass From Josh Mccown (Sebastian Janikowski Kick)||7||14|
|FG||12:40||Sebastian Janikowski 38 Yd||7||17|
|TD||10:55||Jerry Porter 13 Yd Pass From Josh Mccown (Sebastian Janikowski Kick)||7||24|
|FG||07:25||Jason Elam 29 Yd||10||24|
|FG||01:37||Jason Elam 44 Yd||13||24|
|TD||11:21||Travis Henry 3 Yd Run (Jason Elam Kick)||20||24|
|FG||08:56||Sebastian Janikowski 44 Yd||20||27|
|TD||03:04||Justin Fargas 5 Yd Run (Sebastian Janikowski Kick)||20||34|