Rich Gannon broke nearly every major single-game Raiders passing record, even those from the early days of the AFL, by throwing 64 times and Oakland’s defense forced five turnovers as the Raiders romped.
Gannon went 43-of-64 for 403 yards and a touchdown. The 43 completions were only two short of Drew Bledsoe‘s 1995 NFL record – that in an overtime game – and all but the yardage were Oakland records. The Raiders rushed only 14 times.
Coach Bill Callahan insisted all week the Raiders (2-0) wouldn’t do as the Patriots did Monday by using a no-huddle offense, emptying the backfield, and throwing on nearly every down.
They passed a remarkable 41 times just in the first half, including 30 of their first 32 offensive plays.
— Record “Raiders 30 – Steelers 17”
With a defense that’s too much for the NFL’s most potent offenses, the Denver Broncos have knocked off two Super Bowl hopefuls – though the San Francisco 49ers certainly didn’t look like contenders for anything.
Griese, almost benched for Steve Beuerlein last week, was unimaginative but efficient in completing 14 of 19 passes for 119 yards. He threw a 1-yard scoring pass to Anderson in the third quarter as Denver overcame a slow start on offense with 24 straight points over the final three quarters.
— Record “Broncos 24 – 49ers 14”