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Raiders Bully Broncos, Win 23-20

Welcome to 1-0 Raider Nation. We haven't been able to say that since 2002. This game wasn't pretty, and the Raiders made a season's worth of stupid mistakes, but they won. And they won on the road against a division opponent. That is a good thing, no matter how ugly it looked.

Check out the 1st, 2nd and 3rd quarter updates by clicking on the links.

Consider this the 4th quarter update. We'll have a more comprehensive look later. The 4th quarter started off grim. The Broncos were driving and appeared poised to at least tie this game. Then Kyle Orton went to throw a pass and forgot to take the ball with him. Lamarr Houston recovered the ball and the momentum was seized back by the Raiders.

The Raiders ground game took over from there. Darren McFadden busted off a 47-yard and was tackled on the one. Jason Campbell piled home the sneak on the next play.

This gave the Raiders a 23-13 lead. The Raiders defensive line did their thing on the next possession and forced a punt by Denver as the Bronco fans loudly booed Orton.

After a three and out by the Raiders, Orton shut the fans up. The Broncos O-line finally gave Orton time and he marched the Broncos on a TD scoring drive with just under 3:30 left on the clock. Things were getting a little tight. Another three and out, and the Broncos appeared poised to steal a victory.

The Raiders offensive line wasn't having it. They opened up big holes for Michael Bush, and Jason Campbell hit a nice second down pass throw to DHB to pickup a first down. The Raiders ended this game in the victory formation.

Let the good times roll (via wedominick)