OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Jay Cutler threw for 300 yards with long touchdown passes to rookie Eddie Royal and Darrell Jackson that helped the Denver Broncos beat up on their AFC West rivals in a 41-14 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Monday night.
Cutler completed 16 of 24 passes and confidently picked apart Oakland's rebuilt defense in a dominating season-opening performance despite missing suspended big-play receiver Brandon Marshall.
The Raiders lost their sixth straight season opener and only avoided their third straight shutout on Monday Night Football when Jamarcus Russell threw two meaningless fourth-quarter touchdown passes.
Royal, a second-round draft pick out of Virginia Tech, caught nine passes for 146 yards.
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