The genesis of the 2011 Raiders and Denver Broncos can be traced back to last Oct. 24.
A 59-14 beat-down administered by the Raiders in Denver went beyond historical significance, helping shape the teams that will meet Monday night before a national television audience at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
The Raiders held a 14-0 lead before fans had settled into their seats, were up 24-0 at the end of the quarter and 38-7 at halftime.
Coming as it did the week after a listless 17-9 loss to the 49ers that saw the Raiders fall to 2-4, it brightened the outlook of the team and its hopes for the remainder of the season.
"Last time we were there it was a big victory, one of the best in franchise history," free safety Michael Huff said. "So we're looking forward to going out there and play well."
Huff apparently was unaware coach Hue Jackson, whose offense gained 508 yards and put seven touchdowns on the board, wants no part of reminiscing about past glories.
"It's a new year and I don't think their players are talking about last year," Jackson said. "The media's talking about last year. (The Broncos) are talking about this year."
The game in Denver was the breakout game for Jackson's offense, which ended the season ranked second in rushing and helped the Raiders average 26.7 points per game, their most since 2002.
The 59 points were a franchise record, as were the five rushing touchdowns and eight touchdowns overall (the Raiders also scored on defense).
By season's end, Jackson, having rebuilt the Raiders offense, was in line to replace Tom Cable, whose relationship with Al Davis had deteriorated and who had a two-year option on his contract.
Broncos coach Josh McDaniels apologized to his team's fans after the loss, which dropped Denver to 2-5. It was considered the low point in his tenure, which ended Dec. 6 with the Broncos at 3-9.
Denver quarterback Kyle Orton hasn't forgotten.
"We know what happened," Orton told Bay Area reporters by conference call. "We're not sitting here crying over spilled milk. What happened, happened. You can always learn something, and we're excited to get them back to Mile High and see what they've got."
Denver's new coach, John Fox, was the coach in Carolina when the Raiders were cleaning up on the Broncos, but he noted for those involved in the game, "it would be fair to say it would be a rallying point."
The Raiders' destruction of the Broncos didn't stop with the game in Denver. The Raiders won the rematch 39-23 in Oakland, putting up 502 yards of offense.
In the two games against Denver, the Raiders had a 98-37 advantage on the scoreboard, outgained the Broncos 1,010-475 and out-rushed them 592-181.
Fox has switched the defense from a 3-4 to a 4-3 and will emphasize a run-first offense as he did in Carolina.