Broncos shut out L.A.

The Associated Press

DENVER The Denver Broncos took the best shots the Oakland Raiders had to offer, then delivered some of their own.

The biggest blow was the scoreline, a 27-0 victory by Denver last night that ended a run of frustration in which the Broncos had lost the last six games between the teams.

John Elway threw touchdown passes of 33 and 36 yards to Anthony Miller, and Denver held the NFL's highest-scoring team to only 19 yards of total offense in the second and third quarters combined.

The Broncos (4-3) had lost 11 of their previous 12 games to the Raiders (5-2), and the lopsided win avenged a 48-16 loss in Denver last year.

Elway, who came into the game with a 6-15 career record against the Raiders, completed 23 of 46 passes for 324 yards. Miller caught seven passes for 149 yards, and Jason Elam kicked four field goals.

The Raiders, who had been averaging 30.5 points and 396 yards a game, finished with only 169 yards.

Denver forced Raiders quarterback Jeff Hostetler from the game late in the third quarter, sacking him twice and sending him to the locker room to have X-rays on his larynx.

It was the second straight game in which Denver had not allowed a touchdown and its first shutout since Sept. 27, 1992.

The first quarter featured three turnovers, two fights and the ejection of Broncos linebacker Dave Wyman. Elam's 30-yard field goal, following Steve Atwater's interception, was the only score of the period.

On the game's second play from scrimmage, Hostetler's high pass was tipped by running back Derrick Fenner and Atwater intercepted, returning 18 yards to the Raiders 19. Elam converted four plays later.

The Raiders squandered a scoring opportunity later in the quarter, driving to the Denver 13, where Harvey Williams fumbled.

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