Cutler's Sweet Game Gives the Raiders a Royal Pain

EndZonerContributor ISeptember 9, 2008

When Jay Cutler hit the field in Oakland, Raider Nation had the stadium as loud and hostile as possible. Jay Cutler drove his team down the field in a 10 play, 76 yard drive highlighted by a 26 yard TD pass to rookie Eddie Royal. 

The Broncos only faced 2 third downs on the opening drive.  They converted a third and 9 and scored the TD on a third and 6.  Eddie Royal also had 2 carries on the drive.  The success of the drive really set the tone for the game. 

Cutler continued to look for Royal all night.  Royal had 9 catches for 146 yards including the opening drive TD.  He also added 3 returns for a total of 22 yards.  DeAngelo Hall had loose coverage on him all night and paid the price.  Besides the torching that Royal gave him, Hall also had 2 unnecessary roughness penalties in a span of 3 plays. 

Cutler ended up 16 for 24 for 299 yards and 2 TDs.  Most importantly, he ended up with no interceptions. He threw 4 interceptions last season against Oakland. 

Overall, Denver completely outplayed the Raiders.  Playing a composed game, the Broncos comitted zero live ball penalties.  One intentional delay of game and 2 illegal formations were all their flags.  On the other hand, Oakland had 5 personal foul penalties and 10 in all totalling 96 yards.