Raiders take step toward building bully in opener

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ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) -- Hue Jackson talked about building the Oakland Raiders into a bully ever since getting the head coaching job nearly eight months ago.

With 190 yards rushing behind a bruising offensive line, five sacks and a defensive front that held Denver to 38 yards rushing, consider it mission accomplished in a 23-20 victory that gave the Raiders their first season-opening victory since their 2002 AFC championship season.

Jackson managed to do what his four predecessors could not by starting the season with a win. But many of the issues that have plagued the Raiders in a run of eight straight non-winning seasons still were apparent, most notably 15 penalties for 131 yards that nearly cost Oakland the game.