Oakland Raiders in Unfamiliar Territory Leading NFL AFC West

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The 2016 Super Bowl 50 Champion Denver Broncos went to bed last night and woke up this morning no longer atop the rankings in the NFL’s AFC West Division.

Their vaunted Von Miller-led defense was sieve-like against the Oakland Raiders in a 30 – 20 victory in a Sunday Night Football primetime game, the closeness of the score of which does not tell the true story of the Raiders’ utter dismemberment, domination and humiliation of the reigning NFL Champs.

The Raiders ran for over 200 yards and quarterback Derek Carr added 179 passing.

On defense, the Raiders forced the Broncos to employ the services of rookie punter Riley Dixon so frequently that Dixon may have to seek a tailor to modify his trouser inseams to accommodate his stretched out punting leg.

Going into the game, there was a two-way tie at the top of the AFC West standings between the Denver Broncos and the Oakland Raiders with identical 6 – 2 records. AFC West opponent Kansas City won yesterday afternoon to reach that 6 – 2 mark, which now leaves them in second behind the Raiders’ 7 – 2 record, with the Broncos falling to third at 6 – 3.

Denver defensive end Derek Wolfe went out of the game with a broken elbow, leaving Australian Adam Gotsis to fill in, which he did admirably, something that will undoubtedly boost his stock and earn him more playing time going down the stretch.