Broncos-Raiders third quarter observations

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

OAKLAND -- Quick thoughts midway through the third quarter:

  • The Denver defense looks much improved. It is controlling this game so far.

  • At one point late in the second quarter, Jay Cutler had 172 passing yards. JaMarcus Russell had nine.

  • The Denver run offense has not been impressive. Andre Hall, Selvin Young and Michael Pittman have all be pedestrian. So far, Denver doesn't need a big game from them.

  • The Raiders must get tight end Zach Miller more involved in the offense. He can help bail out Russell.

  • The Raiders are supposed to have one of the best secondaries in the league. It hasn't shown up to tonight as Cutler is ripping them apart and the Broncos lead 24-0.