DENVER -- The Raiders didn't have to worry about which quarterback was taking snaps on Sunday.
Jason Campbell got the start in front of injured Bruce Gradkowski, and took down division rival Denver in record-breaking fashion, 59-14, with a lot of help from his friends.
After a week of conversations with offensive coordinator Hue Jackson, Campbell realized that being a perfect quarterback is not the key to winning games. More important is giving his teammates an opportunity to do their jobs.
"We talked all week," Campbell said. "He called me Friday and said if we want this team where we want to go, we need you to be great. He said just play the game and don't worry about being perfect. Sometimes you think you have to be perfect on every throw and on every play."
Against the Broncos, Campbell threw for 204 yards and two touchdowns. He marched the Raiders 80 yards on their first drive of the game, capping it off with a 43-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Zach Miller.
"Today was more about our offense executing," Miller said. "Jason did a good job of hitting big-time plays to keep drives alive and moving the football. He did a good job of keeping the offense rolling and making us execute.
"He is not really a No. 2 because he has been a starter for so long. He knows how to handle himself. As an offense, we need to have more days like this."
Although Raiders coach Tom Cable has indicated that Campbell is warming Gradkowski's
"We talked about whichever (quarterback) was going to be in needed to cut it loose," Cable said. "Just cut it loose and trust your instincts. I really thought Jason did that. Guys made some plays for him."
Running back Darren McFadden, especially. Back in the lineup after missing two weeks with a hamstring injury, McFadden rushed for 165 yards and found the end zone a career-high four times (three rushing touchdowns, one receiving). He finished his day with a 57-yard TD dash with 5:28 remaining in the third quarter.
"We just went out there and made big plays," McFadden said.
Despite the success of the Raiders offense on Sunday, there were no proclamations about who would start next Sunday's home game against Seattle. But if it's Campbell, at least he knows he doesn't have to be perfect to win.