Raider fans are notorious for making Oakland one of the NFL’s most difficult places for a visiting team to play, a reputation that Broncos players enjoyed overcoming.
“There is no better feeling – other than maybe winning the Super Bowl, but I don’t know how that feels yet,” cornerback Champ Bailey said after the game. “It’s awesome, especially for the city of Denver. I know how much they hate the Raiders and so do we. It’s good to come in here on their turf and get the win.”
“There is no greater feeling in a season than winning here,” added linebacker Wesley Woodyard. “This is what it’s all about – a true football atmosphere. They hate (us), we hate them. This is what NFL football is all about.”
Defensive lineman Elvis Dumervil felt the change in crowd atmosphere as the Broncos took control late in the contest.
“That was sweet,” Dumervil said. “It was pretty loud (early on) – their crowd is always into it. We came out, made some plays and (the crowd) definitely got softer. That was a good feeling and a good thing for the Broncos.”
While the players enjoy all hard-fought wins, they took special pride in knocking off a divisional rival on the road.
“You come in here and you know it’s going to be a hostile environment,” said wide receiver Eddie Royal. “It’s us against them. We have to rely on each other and that’s what we did today.”