While my fantasy team is disarray, at least the Denver Broncos won big.
Cutler threw for 299 yards with long touchdown passes to rookie Eddie Royal and Darrell Jackson that helped the Broncos beat up on their AFC West rivals in a 41-14 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Monday night.
â€œThere were a lot of questions about us, but we felt good about what we have,â€ Cutler said. â€œYou have that little bit of doubt about whatâ€™s going to happen with the young guys when the lights come on, but they came through time and time again.â€
Cutler showed why the Broncos made him a first-round draft pick in 2006, completing 16 of 24 passes and confidently picking apart Oaklandâ€™s rebuilt defense despite missing its best offensive playmaker to a one-game suspension.
How did the Raiders new acquisitions do?
The Raiders went on an offseason spending spree to try to reverse five straight seasons of double-digit losses. The early payoff was not good.
Receiver Javon Walker, who got $16 million in guaranteed money, missed the game with an injured hamstring. Hall, who got $24 million guaranteed, was frequently beat by Royal in coverage and committed the two personal fouls. Defensive tackle Tommy Kelly, who got $18 million in guarantees, was part of a line that failed to get pressure on Cutler all night.