Broncos keep 2-0 start in perspective heading to Oakland

September 23, 2009
photo - This will be Broncos coach Josh McDaniels first taste of the Raiders rivalry. Photo by
This will be Broncos coach Josh McDaniels first taste of the Raiders rivalry. Photo by  

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.”

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