Updated: September 23, 2009 at 12:00 am
ENGLEWOOD – As much as the Denver Broncos’ 2-0 start is a bit unexpected and worth being happy about, the Broncos themselves are keeping it in perspective.
“It’s two games,” safety Brian Dawkins said. “There’s a long season ahead of us and mistakes have still been made in those two games we need to fix. If we don’t come out to play this week, we’ll be 2-1.”
The Broncos play at Oakland on Sunday, and they aren’t taking the Raiders lightly. Oakland is 1-1 and led the Chargers in the final minute before San Diego scored a late touchdown. The Raiders have a big defensive line and fast players behind them, and an offense that can run the ball effectively.
“It looks like this is going to be a much different team,” Broncos running back LaMont Jordan, a former Raider, said. “It seems like they’re getting back to the Raiders of old: playing physical, playing fast.”
The game Sunday will be the first taste of the Broncos-Raiders rivalry for many players and coaches, including coach Josh McDaniels, and they are ready for it.
“It’s a great rivalry,” quarterback Kyle Orton said. “It’ll be fun to go into the ‘Black Hole’ and play. And they’re a good football team. We’ve got our work cut out for us this week.”