Oakland Raiders: Broncos Fans Fear The Coming Of The Autumn Wind

Dec 13, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler (17) is sacked by Oakland Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack (52) during an NFL football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Raiders defeated the Broncos 15-12. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 13, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler (17) is sacked by Oakland Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack (52) during an NFL football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Raiders defeated the Broncos 15-12. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /

The Oakland Raiders are a rising power in the AFC West – and judging by their verbal assaults, the Denver Broncos faithful know their reign at the top is coming to an end.

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The Oakland Raiders haven’t won much of anything in a long, long time. So, fans of their division rivals can probably be forgiven for reveling in a little bit of schadenfreude over the Raiders’ woes.

But with GM Reggie McKenzie‘s rebuild beginning to bear fruit, teams – and fans – around the league are taking notice. And perhaps no other team feels the rise of the Autumn Wind more keenly than the Denver Broncos given their fans’ already desperate attempt to cling to the AFC West throne.

It’s equal parts humorous and sad that some of the Broncos faithful seem to believe the way to maintain their status and relevance in the AFC West is to bash Raider fans — as if fan on fan verbal violence ever won anything on the field.

Of course, when the gauntlet is thrown, all one can do is pick it up and throw it right back.

In a long, rambling, oftentimes incoherent diatribe over on SB Nation’s Mile High Report, blogger “Jess Place” let loose with a string of mental diarrhea that they probably thought was clever and witty – but was actually more pathetic and churlish than anything.

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The actual point of this long winded screed was lost in all of the litany of insults that are more tired and ridiculous than the Denver fan who shows up to home games wearing a cowboy hat and a barrel. And this clown has the nerve to say the way Raider fans dress up is ridiculous – hi, pot? Meet kettle.

As near as we can figure, this blogger’s point in his mostly incomprehensible manifesto is that “Raider fans are horrible and they dress funny”and that’s why the Raiders won’t win anything any time soon. Throw in some rambling history of the AFL, Jack Del Rio trashing, some really incoherent remarks about the Raiders’ potential move to Las Vegas, as well as some really ridiculous and crude commentary about cups of urine, and you can see why this blogger’s train of thought was hard to follow.

Reading that screed was like trying to follow a hamster jacked up on fifteen Red Bulls.

Here’s but a small sample of this tripe for you to taste and savor:

"“For a long time the disparity in Super Bowl wins was something Raiders fans held as a sign of their supremacy in the AFC West. Sure, their last win was in 1983 when asbestos was still cool, but who cares, right? Raider village (let’s be honest, we’ve seen their baseball stadium with the tarped off seats, we all now they lack the population to be recognized as a legitimate ‘Nation’) rested on the laurels of ancient teams for too long.”"

But all of this ranting and raving lunacy over on MHR (lunacy that was carried on and amplified in the comments section), is indicative of one thing and one thing alone – fear.

Broncos fans know that the tides are turning in the AFC West and the power is shifting. And they’re so desperate to cling to their status as the division’s top dog, that all they can do is take pot shots at the Raider Nation.

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But with a defense that’s missing a few key pieces from the beastly unit they had last season, and with either Mark Sanchez, Paxton Lynch, or Trevor Siemian under center, the Broncos faithful know that their reign at the top is coming to an end.

The Denver faithful got that message with the Raiders’ 15-12 victory in Mile High Stadium last season. They watched as Khalil Mack single-handedly destroyed the Denver offense. And with the addition of Bruce Irvin, as well as Oakland’s young guns like Shilique Calhoun, Jihad Ward, and Mario Edwards Jr. up front, to go along with a revamped secondary that’s going to make life hard on the opposing offense, the Broncos faithful know they’re in trouble. They know they’re about to be knocked off their pedastal.

And so, like any petulant child who knows they’re about to have their favorite toy taken away from them, the Broncos fans are throwing themselves on the ground, kicking their feet, and are having the epic tantrum of all time. And they are subsequently, lashing out.

"“So here we look at the 2016 season. Raiders fans are absolutely sure that this is their year. They see Kalil Mack, a non-Al Davis owned team, stability in the front office, and stability in coaching. Here comes the optimism that will evaporate before the leaves fall off the trees. What the rest of the NFL sees is a team with an unproven quarterback, an owner with a haircut that makes me want to hand him change on a street-corner, a front office that, despite all praise, hasn’t been able to find 9 wins with both hands and a flashlight, and a head coach who has only had three winning seasons in his entire head coaching career.”"

You almost have to feel bad for guys like this. Almost. Knowing that they’re going into a season with a starting quarterback who’s gunshy and is prone to butt fumbling a game away, Broncos fans are already digging in and preparing for a long season, content to hold on to the glow of last year’s Lombardi Trophy to give them some warmth through what will be a cold, dark fall and winter for them.

Led by one of the most hellacious defenses the NFL has ever seen, Denver had a fantastic 2015 season and they deserve all the props in the world for claiming their third Super Bowl win. Kudos to them.

But Denver fans know that the times are changing and their supremacy within the division rode off into the sunset with Peyton Manning. They know that the power within the AFC West is shifting and they’re about to be knocked off the top of the mountain.

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And what makes the taste of it all the more bitter for obviously devoted fans like “Jess Place,” is that it’s going to be at the hands of the Raiders. They know it, they fear it, and they hate it.

The Denver faithful know that the Autumn Wind is a Raider and it’s coming for them.