These were the Denver Broncos fans paid to see.
The third quarter tells the tale of this AFC West battle turned blowout, when Denver out-scored Oakland 21-0 and pushed their lead to 31-6.
In that game-deciding quarter, the Broncos were nearly perfect in all three phases of the game.
They advanced the ball down field with ease, converting 11 first downs while putting up those three scores, out-gaining Oakland 180-11 yards on offense. Defensively, Denver forced the Raiders into four straight three-and-outs, and they even blocked a punt on special teams.
All told, the Broncos blew out the Raiders 27-0 in the second half, asserting their dominance in the 37-6 win. It was the biggest margin of victory for Denver over Oakland in 50 years.
In the game, the Broncos put up 503 yards of total offense, including 338 yards and three touchdowns passing by Peyton Manning, who performed about as a great as any quarterback can. Manning was in control all day, the maestro of the no-huddle, orchestrating his offense with precision. The quarterback that missed an entire season of play, rediscovered himself and fell into a rhythm and never looked back.
His favorite receiver was again Eric Decker, who caught seven balls for 79 yards and a third quarter score, though Manning connected with eight different receivers on the day.
And the Broncos made sure to bring some sort of balance, as Willis McGahee carried the rock 19 times for 112 yards and a touchdown of his own. McGahee ran tough between the tackles like usual, and he also had a bit of a pep in his step, quickly juking to elude would-be tacklers on multiple runs.
Defensively, Denver was just as dominant, forcing the Raiders to seven total punts and a terrible 1-12 on third down conversions for the game. The unit recorded three sacks, with Elvis Dumervil recording 1.5, while Rahim Moore led the Broncos in tackles for the second straight week with six total.
On special teams, David Bruton came up with the blocked punt, while Matt Prater hit all seven of his kicks (four extra points, three field goals).
It was just about the best all-around performance anyone associated with the Broncos could have hoped for, and it was an important win within the division. Denver improved to 2-2, in second behind San Diego, while Oakland falls to 1-3 and in a tie for last with Kansas City.
Rich Kurtzman is a freelance journalist. You can follow Rich on facebook or twitter.