DENVER -- Every successful team at some point has a watershed moment, that one play or one game that serves as the turning point in the transformation from just another team into a relevant one.

The Raiders are confident that Sunday's record-setting 59-14 victory over the Denver Broncos was just that, an unmistakable sign that they have turned the corner and showed what's in store from here on out.

"Any time that you're coming off a loss and you can put together a game like that, absolutely it has the potential to string into a number of victories going down the road," Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha said. "Then, you can point back to this game and say, 'Oh, this was the game that we got over the hump.' So, that's our goal."

Raiders coach Tom Cable said he and his coaches challenged their players to leave no doubt, for a change.

"I didn't want to come in here after the game and have a woulda, shoulda, coulda conversation," Cable said. "We were 2-4 going into this game. I felt like this team was good enough to be 4-2 or 5-1, but we're not. You have to deal in reality."

Cable was tired of hearing how they lost to the Arizona Cardinals because of a missed field-goal attempt, or how they came close to beating the Houston Texans and 49ers, he said.

"It's just enough of that. "... " Cable said. "We learned a lot (Sunday). We've been learning a lot and we're moving forward. We're not going to let down. We're going to go after this."


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Running back Darren McFadden went after the Broncos from the outset in his first game back from a right hamstring injury he suffered Oct. 3. He spearheaded a 508-yard offensive performance with 165 yards rushing, 31 yards receiving and a career-high four touchdowns (three rushing).

This wasn't just any old victory, either. It's the kind of lopsided outcome that sends historians scrambling for the record books and seeking to put into context what transpired.

In short, the Raiders' victory over the Broncos was one for the ages for a franchise in its 51st season. Consider:

  • The 59 points scored is the most in franchise history. The previous record was 52, accomplished in 1963, 2000 and '02.

  • The 38 first-half points tied for the second-most in franchise history -- the Raiders scored 42 against the Buffalo Bills on Oct. 19, 1969, and 38 against the Houston Oilers on Nov. 14, 1971.

  • The 24 first-quarter points were the most in the opening quarter by a Raiders team — the old mark was 21.

  • It's the first time the Raiders scored more than 40 points and won a game by more than 21 points in the past eight seasons.

  • The Raiders tied a franchise record with five rushing touchdowns, with Michael Bush and Marcel Reece accounting for the two others.

  • The Raiders tied the record for most points scored against the Broncos in Denver.

  • Before Sunday, 22 of Oakland's 31 victories since the 2002 season were by fewer than 10 points. Cable-coached teams had won by more than eight points only twice before Sunday.

    This game screamed blowout from the outset. The first overt sign came when the Broncos left tight end Zach Miller uncovered on a play that resulted in a 43-yard touchdown nine plays into the game.

    The Raiders extended the lead to 21-0 a few minutes later on the strength of an interception return for a touchdown by cornerback Chris Johnson and a 4-yard touchdown run by McFadden.

    The Raiders scored three touchdowns within a six-play span before the Broncos offense ran its third play. By that point, the final score seemed the only thing in question.

    "We whipped them physically, mentally," Raiders defensive tackle Tommy Kelly said. "In the first quarter, they didn't want no more. For real. The offensive linemen, their eyes were (huge). I told (defensive tackle Richard Seymour), 'If we score one more time, they're going to quit.' And that's how it played out."

    Kelly said he speaks from experience, having been a part of 75 losses since he joined the Raiders in 2004.

    "You could see it in their eyes," Kelly said. "I've been on the other side, so, trust me, I know what it looks like. I saw it in their eyes. They were, like, 'What the (heck) is going on?' They didn't know what was going on. And they didn't recover. We kept our foot on the gas."

    The victory was so resounding that Broncos coach Josh McDaniels didn't need to see the video before passing judgment.

    "I fail to believe that we couldn't have put together a better performance than that," McDaniels said. "So, I take full responsibility for it. It's not good enough. It's not even close to good enough. I apologize to (owner Pat Bowlen) and the organization, all the fans and everyone else. It was awful."

    This is the kind of all-around dominant performance Cable had said was coming for some time, yet was missing since the 2002 season.

    He already declared victory on changing the culture of the team, ridding the roster of players who weren't passionate enough about their craft and getting everyone working toward a common goal.

    Getting that to translate in games on a consistent basis hasn't proven so easy. The thrashing of the Broncos is the latest example of how good the Raiders can be when everything goes their way.

    Next up is winning back-to-back games for the first time in eight tries since 2008. Then there's the matter of winning back the fans, who stayed away in the tens of thousands the first three home games.

    "We've been talking for a long time about doing it in all three phases," left guard Robert Gallery said. "Obviously, (Sunday) we did that. Like (Cable) said, we'll see if we're for real next week. It's a nice start. Everything went right. Everybody played well. We didn't have anything handed to us. This is the kind of team we can be. We just got to keep doing it."

    Sunday's game
    Seattle (4-2) at Raiders (3-4), 1:15 p.m., FOX
    Inside
    McFadden leaves no doubt that he's healthy. Page 3
    Poole: Raiders now must build on this success. Page 5

    the numbers
    It was a record-setting performance for the Raiders in their 59-14 victory over Denver:
    Most points scored in franchise history. The previous record was 52, accomplished in 1963, 2000 and '02. That figure also tied the NFL mark for the most points scored against the Broncos at home.
    Broke the franchise record for most points scored in the first quarter, surpassing the mark of 21.
    Touchbacks by kicker Sebastian Janikowski, breaking his record of six, against the Tennessee Titans in 2002.
    Tied for most rushing touchdowns in one game, first set against Indianapolis on Sept. 10, 2000.
    Jason Campbell's passing rating, the highest of his six-year career.
    TDs scored by running back Darren McFadden (three rushing, one receiving), tying a club record.
    -- Steve
    Corkran