Cornerback Chris Johnson isn't one to hold back on the football field or in speaking his mind. On Monday, he was at it again, making sure everyone knew that the Raiders' latest victory isn't a one-game aberration.

"It's never a fluke with us," he said. "We have the talent. We're probably the most talented team in the National Football League. If we play like we played (Sunday), and we do the same thing in practice, then we will expect to win and we expect to make plays, and we did that (Sunday)."

The Raiders defeated the Denver Broncos 59-14 on Sunday in a road game that they led 38-0 midway through the second quarter. Johnson contributed to the barrage by returning an interception of Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton for the second of Oakland's eight touchdowns.

Johnson also is the one who posited an 8-0 finish for the Raiders after a 2-6 start last season.

"If you really want to look at it, you can go 8-0 and you might end up 10-6," Johnson said last year. "There's a possible way you can actually do it."

As it turned out, the Raiders won only three of their final eight games.

Johnson said there won't be a letdown after their resounding victory over the Broncos.

"There's no way we should have a step back this week," he said. "We just have to take this win and keep building and see how the end of the season finishes out."

  • Raiders coach Tom Cable said Bruce Gradkowski "definitely" will regain his starting job at quarterback once he returns from a right (throwing) shoulder strain. Gradkowski has missed the past two games.


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    Gradkowski has "made a lot of improvement," Cable said, "but is he ready to go and do it the way we need him to? We'll see. We just don't know yet."

    Jason Campbell is fresh from a career-best performance (127.9 passer rating) Sunday. Still, Cable said, it's Gradkowski's job until further notice.

  • The injury that wide receiver Louis Murphy suffered in a collision with fullback Marcel Reece against the Broncos wasn't an aggravation of the left clavicle he hurt Sept. 26, after all.

    Cable said it appears Murphy came away from the midair collision with a bruised chest, though he is awaiting the results of further tests.

    Murphy leads Raiders wide receivers with 21 catches, 337 yards and one touchdown.

  • Center Samson Satele, Johnson and defensive end Matt Shaughnessy all "felt pretty good" Monday, Cable said, one day after they suffered concussions. Their status for the Seattle Seahawks game this Sunday won't be known until later this week.

  • The 59 points scored by the Raiders on Sunday is the NFL's highest point total this season through seven weeks. It also matched the most points scored in a game all last season -- the New England Patriots beat the Tennessee Titans 59-0.

    Eleven teams have scored more than 59 points in a regular-season game. Teams have scored 60 or more points 22 times in regular-season and postseason games in league history.

    The last time a team scored more than 59 points was Jan. 15, 2000, when the Jacksonville Jaguars defeated the Miami Dolphins 62-7 in an AFC divisional playoff game.

    One would have to go back to 1989 to find the last time a team scored more than 59 points in a regular-season game. The Cincinnati Bengals beat the Houston Oilers 61-7 on Dec. 17 of that season.

    The Raiders likely could have scored more against the Broncos if they so desired. Cable yanked Campbell after three quarters and called only running plays in the fourth quarter. The Raiders didn't score any points beyond the third quarter.

  • Quarterback Kyle Boller made his Raiders debut when he relieved Campbell in the fourth quarter. Boller didn't attempt any passes. He rushed six times for 11 yards.

  • Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha will lead students at Roosevelt Middle School in Oakland in a pep rally and on-field mini camp today as part of the "Keep Gym in School" program. The school received a $25,000 grant.

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