Raiders Blog and Q&A

News, observations and reader questions about the Oakland Raiders

December 20, 2009
Raiders-Broncos live game Blog

Greetings from sunny Denver, where I overheard several fans in the Invesco Field parking lolt complaining about how warm it is here today. The forecast high is a downright balmy 52 degrees. Follow me on Twitter @paulhgutierrez

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The list of INACTIVES is out and TE Zach Miller (concussion) is on it, as are QB Bruce Gradkowski (knees) and WRs Darrius Heyward-Bey (foot), Nick Miller (shin) and Javon Walker (um, doghouse?!?).

Also INACTIVE for the Raiders are LB David Nixon and OT Khalif Barnes.

The recently-signed J.P. Losman is the 3rd QB, meaning JaMarcus Russell is Charlie Frye's backup.

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Among the INACTIVE Broncos - S Renaldo Hill, CB Ty Law, RB Correll Buckhalter and WR Brandon Lloyd.

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Broncos WR Brandon Marshall has "HENRY" on the back of his No. 15 jersey, ostensibly to pay pre-game tribute to the late Chris Henry...

Overheard in the press box: "Then JaMarcus Russell has 'LEAF' on the back of his."

Ouch.

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Raiders captains - Chaz Schilens, Trevor Scott, Sam Williams....they win the coin toss and will receive.

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After Raiders go three and out on opening series, Broncos answer with 10-play, 60-yard drive that culminates with a 23-yard field goal. DEN 3, OAK 0 with 8:40 to play in first quarter.

Broncos had two big plays in drive - an 18-yard pass from Orton to Royal on 3rd and 12 from their own 33; and a 21-yard screen pass from Orton, with Warren on his tail, to Moreno on 1st and 10, getting Denver to the Oakland 13-yard line. Broncos ran at least two no-huddle plays in the drive.

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After Frye and JLH have a mix-up and Champ Bailey picks off Frye's duck, Denver gets another field goal. Denver coach Josh McDaniels getting cute with no-huddle, QB sneaks and a pass play to left tackle Ryan Clady. Really? All adds up to two field goals.

Broncos 6, Raiders 0, 4:10 remaining in first quarter

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Interesting way to end the first quarter. Denver's Mitch Berger uncorks a 7-yard punt and then Charlie Frye with a bootleg around the left end that picks up 26 yards.

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Michael Bush with a 23-yard run, untouched, for the TD and the sudden lead, with SeaBass' PAT. OAK 7, DEN 6 with 13:01 remaining in the half. Raiders went 66 yards in 5 plays taking 2:34.

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Frye is playing in control now, even as Chaz drops a perfect 37-yard pass at the goal line. SeaBass answers with 54-yard field goal and Raiders take a 10-6 lead with 6:40 remaining in the first half.

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CB Chris Johnson has an injured ankle...his return is "probable."

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SeaBass makes it 13-6 with a 28-yard field goal with 32 seconds to play...Frye is managing this game well, with lots of help from Bush.

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Halftime, the Denver natives are restless, booing the Broncos off the field...OAK 13, DEN 6. Looks like refs are thinking of adding 1 second, which they do because of an illegal touching penalty on punt. Nearly all of the Broncos were already in the tunnel leading to the locker room.

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Raiders run one last play, a 13-yard McFadden run, and Chaz Schilens needs help getting off the grass...looks to be limping on that left foot, which was broken in training camp.

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Raiders limited Broncos to just 1 of 7 on 3rd down conversions in first half

And just like that, Denver has converted its first two 3rd down conversions of oteh second half

Broncos irate over non-PI call on Chris Johnson against Gaffney. Consider it make-up for the non-fumble call on Marshall in 2nd quarter

Prater's 51-yard FG makes it 13-9 with 10:07 to go in third quarter

Schilens on the field for the Raiders

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McFadden fumbles at midfield and Denver takes full advantage.

Marshall comes to life...three receptions on drive, including go-ahead 6-yard TD...DEN 16, OAK 13, 3:48 remaining in 3rd

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Wow...running Bush between the tackles and bouncing McFadden outside gains 86 rushing yards. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm

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Three shots at it from the three net no yards...4th and goal from teh 3 to start the 4th quarter

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Raiders go for it on 4th and 1, McFadden stopped at the one on a pitch

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Raiders defense holds, forces a punt.

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Frye is leveled by Andra Davis...and here comes JaMarcus Russell

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Frye is diagnosed with a "head injury" and his return is "questionable."

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Looks like Losman is coming in, and looks like Gradkowski broke the news to Russell

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Raiders limit Broncos to field goal with 5:54 to play. DEN 19, OAK 13...and it's now in UFL champ Losman's hands...1st and 10 at the 21. WAIT, Russell returns to the field

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2-minute warning...Raiders have 1st and 10 at the Denver 32

1st and goal at the 10, 59 seconds to play


Russell hits Schilens on a slant-like pass for the TD. SeaBass' PAT makes it 20-19, Raiders, with 35 seconds to play.

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BALLGAME...Raiders 20, Broncos 19...Denver runs out of time with long poass to middle of the field and clock expires

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About Raiders Blog and Q&A

Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

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