The rivalry between the Raiders and the Broncos is nothing but historic. The Broncos won the first-matchup 31-14 back in October of 1960. This past Sunday, the outcome was similar with a final score of 37-6 Broncos.
To truly understand this rivalry, you would have to talk to a fan. Put simply, they really hate each other. Even in my most distant memories, I was trash talking Raiders fans. Okay, so maybe that’s not totally true. But, believe me when I say that these two fan bases are far from friendly. Overall, the teams have played a total of 104 times. Including Sunday, the Raiders lead all-time with a record of 59-43-2.
The Broncos offense was calm, cool and collected. And dominate. So much so that the Broncos didn’t punt once – only the fifth time in Broncos franchise history that’s happened. Broncos QB Peyton Manning had a spectacular night, completing 338 yards and throwing for three touchdowns. He had a huge amount of help from his offensive line. Manning wasn’t sacked a single time all game. As a fan, it’s great to see the Broncos perform like they did in their fantastic week one win over the Steelers. The past two weeks have been far from extraordinary, but the Broncos once again showed a glimmer of hope Sunday afternoon.
I was very happy to see the Broncos come out with a win. And I think I speak in line with all Broncos fans when I say a win is sweet, but a win against the Raiders is sweeter. Sunday’s game marked the Broncos 2nd largest margin of victory over the Raiders ever. The first? 50 years ago. The Raiders didn’t play a terrible game, they were just lacking in their ability to connect for a TD. All six Raider points came from field goals.
With this chapter sealed, the Raiders will seek revenge in the next matchup in Oakland on December 6th.