Broncos-Raiders rivalry alive and well |

Broncos-Raiders rivalry alive and well

Lindsay H. Jones
The Denver Post

Nevermind that Mike Shanahan is long gone from Dove Valley.

Players and coaches from the new Broncos regime insist that the rivalry with the Oakland Raiders is alive and well, thanks to the memories of the Raiders’ victory at Invesco Field at Mile High last season and some not-so-nice exchanges between the two teams when they played at Oakland in September.

That September game, a 23-3 Broncos victory, was new coach Josh McDaniels’ first in the Broncos-Raiders rivalry. He said today that after playing that game, he appreciates the rivalry even more.

“We expected it to be a rivalry type of game, and it was,” McDaniels said. “There were some heated things on the field, some nastiness if you want to call it that, but that’s the fun part of being in a rivalry is you’re not supposed to like each other.”

Most notably, Raiders defensive end Richard Seymour was penalized, then fined for yanking on Broncos left tackle Ryan Clady’s hair.

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Seymour, on a conference call with Denver reporters Wednesday, said he didn’t mean to grab Clady’s hair. Clady has since cut off his dreadlocks.

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