The first AFC West game of the season is upon us, and the field is relatively empty a little less than three hours until kickoff. A handful of Raiders are jogging around the sidelines, but the only Bronco on the field at the moment is Lonie Paxton.
A quick note on divisional openers — the Broncos have won their last 10. Four of those 10 came against Oakland, with the Broncos winning by a combined score of 120-61.
12:17 p.m. MDT: Tim Tebow is talking with former Florida teammate Louis Murphy at midfield right now — meanwhile, fellow former Gator Riley Cooper just scored a touchdown for the Eagles, and it’s being shown on the big screen.
12:42 p.m. MDT: Eddie Royal is on the field catching passes from Wide Receivers Coach Adam Gase. Royal is listed as questionable for the game.
Royal is the only player remaining on the field, just about an hour and 20 minutes prior to kickoff. Fans are starting to file into their seats.
12:56 p.m. MDT: Just received the Broncos’ inactives: Brian Dawkins, Andre’ Goodman, Darcel McBath, Robert Ayers, Wesley Woodyard, Eric Olsen and Chris Clark will not suit up for today’s game. Brady Quinn is the third quarterback.
For the Raiders, Bruce Gradkowski will be the third quarterback — reports are that Jason Campbell will get the start. Walter McFadden, Jeremy Ware, Travis Goethel, Thomas Howard, John Henderson, Chaz Schilens and Brandon Myers are inactive.